The Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA) has initiated preparatory work towards equipping the city with the first phase of the Intelligent Transport System (ITS) by the end of next year.

Coordination meetings with other departments which are related with roads, traffic and transportation have been taken up to finalise details before the tender process is set in motion for work covering the entire Hyderabad Metropolitan Area.

The project will make the city the first in the country to implement the ITS, estimated to cost Rs.900 crore and to be implemented in three phases.

When in place, the system will act as a guide on traffic conditions by providing a host of inputs right from congestion of vehicles in different parts to movement of buses. Information such as road cutting and repairs, water-logging, pollution and weather conditions.

This information will also be made available for road users through display boards, SMS and even online. The HMDA has been in touch with the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC), Traffic Police and AP State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) to identify their own respective initiatives and proposals, an official said.

“Some of the ITS components were part of the Hyderabad Traffic Integrated Management System (H-TRIMS) taken up by the GHMC. We wish to integrate it with ITS,” he said.

GHMC has been requested to provide details such as the number of CCTVs and Variable Message Signs (VMS) proposed under H-TRIMS and their locations. APSRTC has to provide information about the proposal on bus probe system using GPS for vehicle tracking - location, movement and scheduled arrival at different stops.

The Traffic Police has been provided with a workstation layout to check the possibility of locating the ITS control room at the present Police Control Room near L.B. Stadium.

Since the project entails installing boards to display VMS, weather and pollution data apart from equipment such as Automatic Vehicle Counter-cum-Classifier (AVCC), required permissions are also being sought, he said.

“The tender process and technicalities of awarding work might take a few months and we should be able to start work around June-July, 2014 to complete the first phase of ITS by December,” the official added.

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