Under the name of the project Hyderabad Traffic Integrated management System (HTRIMS), Hyderabad city is going to have a hi-tech traffic signal system, which is expected to ease the traffic congestion in the city.
According to the sources Bharat Electronics Ltd. (BEL) won the tender for the project worth Rs. 66.5 crore in the month of February. The government subsequently released funds for the same in July and thus a formal agreement between Hyderabad Traffic Police, GHMC, and BEL was signed on Saturday for the execution of project.
The plan of the project is to upgrade traffic signals at 180 junctions in the city. Officials also mentioned that they are planning to bring another 41 junctions under the project. All the 221 junctions will be set up in a span of 12 months. Moreover, by September 30 they are planning to implement the new system for nearly 50 junctions, keeping in view the United Nation’s COP – 11 Biodiversity meet slated to begin from October 1.
As per the sources, the new system will have three sources of power supply – commercial power, solar power, battery back-up, to ensure uninterrupted power supply.
The signaling system will also have full connectivity with the central command system, virtual loop cameras for adaptive traffic control and automatic signal timing adjustment, said the sources.
The new signals will be placed at prominent places and the officials also mentioned that the new signals are so advanced that they can adjust their brightness automatically.
They also mentioned that a Traffic Command Center (TCC) will be set up to synchronise signals across the city and in order to tackle the emergencies such as heavy rainfall, accidents, terrorist attack, VVIP movements, etc., the Centralized Management Information System (MIS) will be used.
Sources: IBN, The Hindu