With an aim to ease ever growing traffic congestion in the city, the UT administration has decided to set up an independent traffic management control centre (TMCC). Over the years, traffic snarls in the wake of poor traffic management have become a common sight at various busy intersections across the city.
The centre will gather real-time information about the traffic situation and live image feeds from the various junctions of city with the help of CCTV cameras.
Giving details, UT home secretary Anil Kumar said that the centre would act as a motoring station from where directions would be sent to the field staff for taking appropriate actions where ever traffic related problem arises.
In order reduce congestion, the centre will provide real-time traffic information to the public such as road diversions and traffic jams through public address systems installed at all the traffic light points. Besides that, the system would also be used to educate residents about the safety measures, speed restrictions etc. The centre would also gather data of traffic violations.
For the implementation of the project, administration has decided to hire a consultancy firm which would carry out extensive traffic survey of the city before commencing the work.
"Traffic related problems have emerged as the biggest challenge for us and setting up of traffic management control centre will help us ease the situation," said Anil Kumar, adding, "We hope to have the system in place by the end of this year."
The traffic police have identified a total of 20 snarl-up points across the city where the police need to focus to curtail traffic woes. The various points identified as 'jam points' and 'accident-prone areas' include Housing Board light point, Railway light point, Grain Market roundabout, Matka Chowk, Sector 16 cricket stadium roundabout, Sector 17 ISBT roundabout, Sector 22/23/35/36 roundabout (Kisan Bhawan), Sector 23/24/36/37 (Batra roundabout), Sector 35/36/42/43 (Attawa roundabout), and Poultry Farm roundabout etc. With highest vehicle density in the country, traffic jams have made driving through these points, especially during office hours, a difficult task.
Around 65 fatal accidents have been reported till now this year, and majority of them happened at stretches identified by the cops. From 2008 till date, over 600 people lost their lives in road accidents in the city.
Harman Sidhu, who runs Arrive Safe, an NGO on road safety, lauded the effort of the police saying the initiative had provided police more eyes to keep a vigil on traffic-related issues. Adding, Harman Sidhu stated that the administration should have a way out for putting a check on rapid increase in the number of vehicles in the city. He supported the proposal of UT administration to impose congestion tax.
Traffic management control centre
1) Will gather real-time information about the traffic situation and live image feeds with the help of CCTV cameras.
2) Will act as a motoring station from where directions will be sent to the field staff for taking appropriate actions to avoid traffic jams.
3) Will tip-off the public about road diversions and traffic jams through public address systems installed at traffic light points.
4) Will educate residents about the safety measures, speed restrictions etc.
5) Will gather data of traffic violations.