New Intelligent Traffic Management Systems to be implemented on Mumbai Expressways
In a recent inauguration of Road Safety Fortnight programme, Chief Minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis spoke about State’s plan to implement smart transport system for Mumbai city, Mumbai-Pune and Mumbai-Nagpur Expressways. These highways would have WiFi, speed guns, CCTVs etc.
The state is planning develop an intelligent traffic management system for Mumbai for better traffic management and controlling the speed of vehicles. The plan is to replicate the system across Maharashtra in the near future.
The system would study driving habits of motorists, kinds of traffic offences and traffic pattern. The transport authorities can analyse these and develop a customised system to prevent accidents and ensure smooth traffic flow.
The sensors on road will inform the signal about number of vehicles on road, traffic density and accordingly reflect traffic lights. It would also help in improving traffic speeds and gradually reduce motorists’ complaints about unnecessary detentions at signals.
Highways contribute 57 per cent of the total accidents in Maharashtra, the proposed Mumbai-Nagpur Samruddhi Expressway and the missing link of Mumbai-Pune Expressway will have these intelligent systems.
Maharashtra government has also identified 743 black spots across the state, of which 55 are in Mumbai. The number of vehicles in state touched 3.28Cr including 36 lakhs in Mumbai.