BANGALORE: Here is good news for those who are fed up with traffic snarls in Bangalore. The traffic police is gearing up to ensure hassle-free vehicular movement on 10 traffic corridors in the city. As a part of the hassle-free vehicular movement, the traffic police has initiated synchronised traffic signals at various places in Bangalore. “The advanced traffic control system controls the signal timings based on the volume of traffic on a particular road,” said M A Saleem, Inspector General of Police and Additional Commissioner
of Police (Traffic).
As a part of synchronisation of traffic signals, some traffic corridors such as Webb’s Junction on M G Road, Manipal Junction on Dickenson Road and G P O Junction on Ambedkar Road have already been synchronised. “The synchronisation of traffic signals on Ambedkar Road has helped to ease the traffic since there is no right turn towards Bhagawan Mahaveer Jain Road (formerly known as Infantry Road) at the Coffee Board Junction,” says Saleem.
If everything goes as per plan, the traffic signals on the following corridors will be synchronised shortly. The corridors are: Minerva Circle to Hudson Circle, Lalbagh Main Gate to Hudson Circle, Inner Ring Road, M G Road to Webb’s Junction including Manipal Junction and Adigas Junction, Pai Junction to Koramangala, St John’s Church Road, Krishna Flour Mills to Platform Road and up to Khoday’s Circle, State Bank of Mysore to Elite Junction, Silk Board to 16th Main and ASC Circle to Shoolay Circle. “The task to synchronise the signals has been assigned to Bharat Electronics Limited. After completing the task on 10 traffic corridors, we will extend it to other corridors in the city,” said Saleem.
The traffic police are contemplating a move to an advance traffic control system that automatically controls the signal timings depending on the volume of the traffic. The work is expected to commence shortly but is delayed due to some technical glitches. “We are in touch with a telecom service provider for this purpose. The work will commence as soon as the telecom service provider is finalised,” said an BEL engineer on condition of anonymity.
He said that synchronisation of traffic signals is workable only in lean hours and not viable in peak hours.
According to sources at the traffic police department, the advanced traffic control system will have four cameras fixed at all junctions of the corridor and these cameras will send video output, processed through video analytical software connected to the Traffic Management Centre at Ashoknagar.