India gets Smart Traffic Signals from Japan
India to get smart traffic signals from Japan to reduce waiting time on road. Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has plan on investing Rs 72Cr in Bangalore in new automatic traffic signals that will drastically reduce waiting time at traffic signals by as much as 30 percent. If successful, the system will be installed in other cities of India as well.
Prior to this, JICA has also installed such time and density based traffic signals in countries such as Cambodia, Myanmar and Thailand with much success in easing traffic woes. It is however, for the first time that Management by Origin-Destination Related Adaption for Traffic Organization (MODERATO) system comes to India.
As against the fixed signal timer, irrespective of number of vehicles at the junction, the new system will allow signals to change automatically as per density of vehicles along the road at that junction.
In the event of less number of vehicles on one side and more on the other, the traffic signal timing will be longer on the side that has more traffic as compared to that on the side that has less number of vehicles. Sensors will be installed at every 50, 100 and 150 meters on the roads to analyze the traffic congestion.
29 such junctions in Bangalore, along the MG Road and on Hosur Road have been identified for this new traffic light system which will also have facility for pedestrian crossing. The tender process is expected to set off from September 2018 and will only be open to Japanese companies while the project is slated to be completed by December 2019.