Smart Traffic Signal in Bengaluru
The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will invest about Rs 72Cr in Bengaluru to reduce the waiting time at signals by 30 per cent. JICA will bring their Management by Origin-Destination Related Adaption for Traffic Organisation (MODERATO) system into India.
With the Japanese technology, signals will automatically change according to the number of vehicles along the road in a junction. For example, if there is less number of vehicles on one side and more on the other side of the road, the signal will automatically give more signal time for the road that has more vehicles and less signal timing for the road that has less number of vehicles.
Directorate of Urban Land Transport (DULT) has already identified 29 junctions on MG road and Hosur road in Bengaluru to kick-start the project. They plan to coordinate signals and factor in pedestrian crossings too. The system will provide signal-less green corridors to motorists at three stretches.
DULT will be the intermediary agency helping the Japanese company, it includes components like Bengaluru Traffic Information Centre (B-TIC) that will serve as the central nervous system, a GPS probe system for BMTC buses, taxis etc will give information to the above about vehicle location and speed, Queue length measurement sensors (QMS) that will analyse the traffic and automatic traffic counters and classifiers to inform B-TIC about the nature of traffic.
Along with this, DULT will also install Variable Message Signs which will give a heads-up display of traffic congestion and estimated travelling time for certain destinations. It will be based on real-time inputs received at the traffic management centre. Currently, both the BMTC and traffic police have their traffic management systems, but this will be an integrated traffic management centre that will ease congestion in the city.