To cut travel time, 9 traffic lights on Chandigarh airport road to be synchronised
The SAS Nagar municipal corporation (MC) has decided to introduce automatic traffic light synchronisation system on airport road on a pilot-project basis to help commuters save their time while moving from one traffic light to another on the busy stretch.
Once all lights are synchronised, a vehicle moving at an average speed of 60 kilometre per hour will find all green lights, nine in number, from the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Mohali, Sector 81, till the Industrial Area, Phase 7, on the stretch.
An official said as part of the synchronisation system, censors will be laid beneath the road during re-carpeting to gauge the volume of traffic at any given point of time, that in turn, will help operate the traffic lights accordingly. For instance, if there is less traffic on one side, the timing of green light will be less. These censors will be laid after every 1.5 kilometre.
Officials claim that the first-of-its-kind initiative in Punjab will also help them control speeding on the road which is highly prone to accident-related fatalities. The Rs 1.34 crore project, which got the administration’s approval last week, will be executed in six months, officials said, adding that tenders will be floated in the next couple of months.
To install LED boards displaying traffic info
Four LED (light emitting diode) boards will also be installed on the road, displaying the speed limit, information about traffic volume besides telling which roads to avoid.
The boards will also display road safety measures to be taken while driving such as warning against using a mobile phone, jump the red light and also advising not to use mobile phone.
There will be CCTV (closed-circuit television) cameras, detector cards to identify the violators on the stretch.
To maintain vigil from control room
The traffic police and the civic body will also keep a vigil on motorists by monitoring vehicles through CCTV cameras from a control room that will be set up.
Several mishaps have been reported on the road this year so far. After the international airport was inaugurated in September 2015, rush of vehicles had increased on the road. The stretch is also used by people going towards Zirakpur from SAS Nagar and Kharar.
MC commissioner Rajesh Dhiman said, “The project is being initiated to decongest the road. LED boards will also make the stretch make look better.