VISAKHAPATNAM: The city traffic police and Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC) have decided to install an intelligent traffic management system (ITMS), commonly known as automated traffic signalling system at selected junctions.
The ITMS is one of the key guidelines by the Indian Roads Congress, an apex body of highway engineers that aims at developing road connectivity in the country. As part of the system, the traffic lights change automatically.
The traffic police had suggested installing the system at 130 junctions, but eventually 10 junctions were chosen. The locations include Madurawada, Hanumanthawaka Junction, Maddilapalem, Satyam Junction, Gurudwara Junction, Thatichetlapalem, NAD Junction, Gajuwaka, Kurmannapalem and Lankelapalem.
“We are planning to install the ITMS at 10 locations on a pilot basis. If it yields desired results, we will roll out the system in all the junctions proposed by the traffic police. However, it is presently under negotiation. We are yet to prepare a detailed action plan,” a senior GVMC official told TOI.
The official further said that the system is part of the Command and Control Centre (CCC) project which monitors the surveillance of the city.
Speaking to TOI, additional commissioner of police (traffic) K Mahendra Patrudu said that ITMS will be installed at 10 locations across the 45-km stretch between Madhurawada and Lankelapalem on National Highway-16. However, the cost of each system is yet to be estimated, he added.
“The system is both people and police friendly. It reduces pollution by reducing a vehicle’s waiting time at the traffic signals,” Patrudu said.
“Currently, a vehicle takes nearly one-and-a-half-hour to two hours to travel from Madhurawada to Lankelapalem with the present traffic signalling system. If ITMS is implemented, the travel time can definitely be reduced by 30 to 45 minutes on the same route,” said a traffic inspector at Dwarakanagar.