The Union ministry of urban development on Friday awarded the best practice project in urban transport for 2015 to Noida’s intelligent traffic management system (ITMS), implemented on the 24 km Noida-Greater Noida Expressway.
Minister of state for urban development, Babul Supriyo, handed over the memento to Rama Raman, chairman and chief executive officer (CEO) of the Noida authority, in Delhi.
“In total, 42 cities from various states had applied for the award in the intelligent traffic management system category,” said Sandip Chandra, head of the Noida authority traffic cell which implemented the system in January this year.
Managed by an Austrian agency, this system has high capacity cameras and a control room with facility to challan motorists for speeding.
“Motorists exercise more discipline while driving on the Noida Expressway as they have realised that they are being monitored with the help of e-surveillance that could issue challans,” said Chandra.
According to a Noida authority report, the intelligent traffic management system (ITMS) has also brought down the number of road accidents. According to the data provided by the Noida traffic cell, a total of 54 accidents were reported on the Noida e-way in January, 48 in February, 35 in March, 38 in April, 26 in May, 27 in June and 23 in July.
The Noida authority has now decided to extend this hi-tech traffic management equipment to other roads in the city as well.
“We aim to implement the surveillance system in the city from next year for better traffic management. With the help of this technology, Noida’s traffic will be managed in much better manner. Traffic congestion will be eased once this hi-tech system is implemented in other parts of the city,” said Raman.
“We are also focusing on developing a better city bus service for Noida and Greater Noida very soon,” said Raman.