CRRI’s plan will improve Ghaziabad’s traffic ‘rating’
The CRRI aims to improve the city’s ‘level of service’ ranking and ensure free flow of traffic.Updated: Feb 03, 2018 23:25 IST
According to an initial assessment of the Central Road Research Institute (CRRI) officials, Ghaziabad’s main problem is that even small fluctuations in traffic leads to
The CRRI aims to improve the city’s ‘level of service’ ranking and ensure free flow of traffic.
The experts from the agency said the ‘level of service’ is defined in categories A to F, in descending order of traffic scenarios.
They said the traffic in Ghaziabad is presently categorised as C & D, which means that the traffic situation is unstable and small fluctuations can lead to frequent jams.
“Our plan aims to improve traffic movement and take the city from the C & D category to category B. This category is a desired one as it would mean that the traffic movement is within reasonable limits, with a waiting time of 20 seconds at intersections. For achieving category A, a huge investment is required. So we aim to place the city in category B,” said professor Satish Chandra, director, CRRI.
The experts said they wish to improve the city’s traffic and the comprehensive mobility plan will be prepared keeping in mind the traffic scenario over the next 20 years, i.e., up to the year 2038.
“A number of city roads are unable to cope with the ever-increasing traffic load and encroachment continues to be a major problem that is hindering traffic flow. Parking management suggestions will be part of the plan. Roadside parking causes hindrance to the traffic flow,” said Subhash Chand, principal scientist, traffic engineering & safety division, CRRI.
Under the plan, the CRRI will conduct parking surveys, pedestrian surveys, speed and delay surveys, a survey about national highways and district roads, prevalence of non-motorised transport, survey about intermediate transport modes such as autorickshaws, and regional and inter-regional surveys. It will also take into account proposed projects such as Metro extensions, roads and flyovers.
“There is also a need to strengthen the internal transport system— something that the city lacks at present. A comfortable internal transport system will be beneficial to commuters and will help reduce the number of vehicles on roads. In most cities, where we have taken up similar projects, there were problems with the internal transport options,” Chand said.
The CRRI has, so far, taken up similar plans in cities such as Mumbai, Nagpur, Surat, Lucknow, Amravati, Ludhiana, and Delhi.
The experts said agencies in Surat got a comprehensive mobility plan ready as early as 1980 and upgraded the plan in 1995-96, while simultaneously upgrading the city’s integrated transport system.
The CRRI experts said the haphazard traffic in Ghaziabad will be streamlined with the mobility plan. However, experts have advised Ghaziabad officials that implementation of the suggested measures is a must in order to make the plan work and achieve desired results on the ground.