The ambitious Hyderabad Traffic Integrated Management System (H-TRIMS) may be a reality soon, after several fits and starts.
The process of installing the modern signalling system is nearing completion and all 157 junctions in the city could be up and running within two months, says Additional CP (Traffic) Amit Garg.
H-TRIMS signals have been commissioned in 127 junctions already. Of them, 102 have been connected with Central Command Centre (CCC). Cabling work is being undertaken by Airtel, the service provider to the system, in the rest of the junctions, Mr. Garg pointed out.
Permission for road-cutting has been given to the company and work would be completed soon, he said. Remaining 30 junctions in the city would also be covered soon.
The old signal poles are yet to be removed in some of the junctions and an officer has been deputed to coordinate with GHMC officials to remove them. Apart from this, coordination is also required for maintaining the new signal system in the junctions where the Hyderabad Metro Rail work is in progress. This work is also in progress, he said.
The traffic police have installed variable message boards (VMBs) in eight junctions as a part of the H-TRIMS project and five more junctions will be getting VMBs soon. These boards would be connected to CCC to provide details about real-time traffic conditions to motorists.
Traffic cops have already developed a standard operating procedure (SOP) to streamline the process of flashing the messages. “VMBs are an integral part of H-TRIMS. In two months, the system will be online to make driving experience easier in the city,” Mr. Garg said.
The processes of clearing the pending works are being expedited with the help of civic officials, he added.