Traffic Scenario in Hyderabad
Hyderabad, the City of Nawabs, is one of the richest and most culturally diverse cities in India. It is also the 4th most populated city in the country with over 6.8 million people. This gives enough evidence of the congestion the city faces. With an enormous amount of vehicles strewn all over the city, traffic congestions are a woeful regularity. Hyderabad is one of the cities registering the most number of traffic accidents each year. There is a cry for new, intelligent traffic and road management techniques that would ease the traffic issues of the city.
The 1980s predominantly saw the use of bicycles and tricycles for transportation. Traffic was never an issue. Cut to 2017, the same bicycles and tricycles find it difficult to cruise through the traffic on Hyderabadi roads. There are prolonged traffic jams during peak hours on major roads in the city. Office goers leave a long time in advance to avoid getting stranded in jams and reporting to work late. Important stretches like Rasoolpura Junction, Ameerpet-S.R. Nagar road, Jubilee Hills check post to Madhapur and the Chaderghat to Dilsukhnagar main road witness traffic stand stills regularly.
The Hyderabad Metro Rail (HMR) project from Nagole to Mettuguda was to be open to the public in 2013. Some portions were then supposed to open in 2016, and the release date has now been delayed to 2018. Construction of the metro, various flyovers and bridges are being carried out at snail’s pace, further compounding traffic issues. Hence, commuters are forced to take longer routes to their destination in an attempt to beat traffic jams.
Under the ‘Safe and Smart’ city project Hyderabad is getting close to 10,000 cameras in the city. The plan is to install around 3,500 – 4,000 cameras at important junctions, and one lakh cameras across the city and in community centers like housing societies. These cameras will be integrated to the Central Command and Control System Centre. The first phase of the surveillance project is expected to be completed by Oct 2017.
The ITMS (Intelligent Traffic Management System) project was initiated by the Hyderabad police last year. The project involves installation of sensors that can record violations like jumping of red signal & speeding of the vehicles, wrong side driving, wrong side parking and also collect data on vehicular traffic movement.
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