BHUBANESWAR: With an aim to streamline the flow of traffic in the city, the State Government has proposed to set up an Intelligent Transport System (ITS) in the Capital.
The proposal was made at a high level inter-departmental meeting attended by the officials of Commissionerate Police (CP), Works Department, Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) and Bhubaneswar Development Authority (BDA).
The highlight of the proposal was Vehicle-Actuated (VA) signal controller, which can control different fluctuations in traffic by regulating the green signal as per the rush hour. The signal controller is capable of detecting heavy flow of vehicles on a route and in response activate the green signal for a longer period to prevent traffic jams. The entire system can be managed centrally from a control room and different traffic posts can interact with each other.
A private company, specialising in advanced traffic management, gave a presentation on different traffic management models that can be adapted for the city. Once set up, the project would be helpful in preventing traffic jams.
The Corporation and BDA will work together to boost traffic management system on the outskirts of the city, which is currently outside the existing jurisdiction of Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation.
BMC Project Officer Srimanta Mishra said BDA’s project management unit (PMU) has been directed to identify a consultant to prepare a detailed project report (DPR).
The funding for the project is expected to be generated from advertisement revenue. It was proposed to reserve 50-metre space on either side of the intersection for advertisement. The State Government will be approached for funding rest of the project, sources said.
On completion, the entire ITS will be integrated with Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS).