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World Bank won’t fund traffic control project

Here’s some bad news from Mumbaiites who crawl through traffic snarls daily. Bhavika Jain reports.

mumbai Updated: Sep 06, 2011 00:45 IST
Bhavika Jain
Bhavika Jain
Hindustan Times

Here’s some bad news from Mumbaiites who crawl through traffic snarls daily.

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) intelligent traffic control system has suffered a setback after the World Bank (WB) refused to fund the second phase of the plan, termed the Area Traffic Control (ATC) project

“In a meeting with WB officials, we had asked them to fund this project, but they said they would be funding railway projects and if the BMC needed money, they should ask the railway authorities if they can share some funds,” said an official from the civic traffic department

The civic body completed the first phase of the ATC project – funded by the WB- after much delay.

Under the ATC project - which aims to manage traffic at junctions and signals, to save commuters’ waiting and travelling time, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) would be linking 544 major traffic junctions in the city to underground cameras that would act as sensors.

The sensors would then adjust the duration for which the red or green light would be displayed, depending on the number of vehicles

In the first phase of the project, 253 traffic signals had been connected to sensors. In the second phase, the civic body was to connect the remaining 291 signals, at the cost Rs72 crore.

Currently, signals across the city work on fixed time mode — where the time duration for green and red signals are pre-programmed. With this project, they will be linked in real time mode – where the duration will be decided on the flow of the traffic.

This will help in clearing traffic faster.

With this system, data can constantly be acquired on road status, including the number of vehicles arriving at intersections. The acquired data will be used to adjust the traffic signals in coordination with neighbouring intersections.

“The refusal from the WB will affect the pace of the project. For now, we plan to make provisions in our annual budget to connect 40 junctions every year,” said Satish Badve, chief engineer, roads.

First Published: Sep 06, 2011 00:44 IST