India: World Bank to fund intelligent traffic mgmt system

Pune, India: The Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) has received permission from the World Bank to use part of its Rs 210-crore (€31.4 million) loan to set up an intelligent traffic management system (ITMS).

Ashish Sharma, municipal commissioner said, “The PCMC will be inviting tenders for setting up the ITMS cell shortly. We are trying to find a centrally located place for the office of the traffic cell.”

The ITMS will help people find the latest location of any Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Ltd (PMPML) bus on a particular route. “A Global Positioning System (GPS) will be installed in all the new buses which will enable us to monitor the movement of buses. The number of buses which will have GPS will be decided later,” Sharma said.

“There will be a passenger information system and traffic management control in the cell. The cell will monitor how many kilometres each bus travels during the day and will also keep track of the distance covered by vehicles involved in garbage collection within municipal limits. The cell will also look after the operation and co-ordination of the pay and park spots identified by the PCMC,” he added.

“The passenger information system will include putting up electronic display boards at bus stops so that people know the exact location of the bus, the routes taken and the time at which the bus will reach the destination,” said Sharma.

Civic bodies usually concentrate on building roads and secondary importance was given to traffic management but it is the civic body’s duty to create an atmosphere that is conducive for better traffic, said Sharma explaining the reasons for setting up the cell.

The cell will be headed by an official of the rank of executive engineer and will have traffic experts, former policemen and PCMC officials who will supervise signals and vehicular traffic.

Courtesy: Times of India.

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