BMC to connect 38 signals to sensors
Undeterred by the World Bank's refusal to provide any more funds for its intelligent traffic control system, a resilient Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has proposed to connect 38 signals under the third phase of the project - termed the Area Traffic Control (ATC) project.mumbai Updated: Dec 13, 2011 01:38 IST
Undeterred by the World Bank's refusal to provide any more funds for its intelligent traffic control system, a resilient Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has proposed to connect 38 signals under the third phase of the project - termed the Area Traffic Control (ATC) project.
The ATC is an intelligent traffic system that aims to connect 544 major junctions across the city and suburbs. When completed, the system will make traffic management easier at junctions and signals.
A road department official said, "The traffic signals will shift from fixed-time mode to real-time mode with the help of sensors placed on the road surface. The traffic control room will increase or decrease the halt and clearance time (red and red light) depending on traffic at the signal/junction." (See box for more details).
The World Bank funded the first two phases of the project, which cost a total of Rs72 crore. Under this, the BMC connected a total of 253 signals to 135 sensors across the city. However, the BMC could not complete the scheduled work on time. The first two phases had to be completed in October 2009, but saw its end only in June 2011.
In September, the civic body had approached the World Bank to arrange for funds to connect the remaining 291 signals in the city to the ATC system. However, the World Bank had refused.
"The World Bank refused to fund phase III of the project, but it was not because of the delay in completion of the project," said Aseem Gupta, additional municipal commissioner.
Now, under the third phase, the BMC has proposed to go ahead with the connection of 38 signals to the ATC system, which will include 18 signals in the island city and 20 in the suburbs.
This phase will cost Rs 4.42 crore and expenses will have to be borne equally by the BMC and the traffic police department.
This phase will take 12 months for completion, which excludes the monsoon season. Work is expected to start in a month.
Ironically, the BMC received an award and a cash prize of Rs2.5 lakh for the 'Best Intelligent Transport System project' from the ministry of urban development last week.