Staff Reporter

To reduce the burgeoning traffic congestion

NEW DELHI: Forty per cent of the Capital’s main roads will be covered by an intelligent transportation system (ITS) by 2010 to reduce the burgeoning traffic congestion, said Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic) S. N. Shrivastava at a two-day “Safety Convention-2008” organised by the Institute of Engineers that ended here on Friday.

“With the help of advanced technologies in communication and computer science, we will be able to considerably reduce the commuting time of the public,” he added.

Pointing out that ITS was a popular way of reducing traffic jams worldwide, Mr. Shrivastava said: “In Delhi we will be using loop detectors, traffic cameras, changeable message signs, transit location systems, electronic traffic traveller information displays and traffic operation systems to make ITS a success. A vehicle driver starting from South Delhi will know from the electronic display systems which roads have traffic congestion.”

Asserting that electronic sensors at major crossings will automatically help signals to work as per the traffic congestion, Mr. Shrivastava said: “At present, lights are automatic and work on fixed time and during peak hours they are operated manually. Introduction of ITS will help in reducing accidents and delays and save expensive fuel.”

Describing the Bus Rapid Transit system in Delhi as worse than the ordinary bus lane in an advanced country, former Central Road Research Institute director P. K. Sikdar said it was a proven technology worldwide. “The Bus Rapid Transit is working as a success in various countries. It is being used as Mass Rapid Transit System. In Delhi it has failed to catch up because only 30 per cent of what an actual BRT system should be has been implemented here. It has no drop system or pick-up system for passengers. A passenger does not know how to reach the bus stop.”

Describing the BRT as a complete system, Prof. Sikdar said a simple bus lane in advanced countries has more commuter-friendly features than what the much talked about BRT corridor has in Delhi. “Delhi Metro Rail is 1,000 times costlier than BRT, but it is a major success in Delhi due to proper implementation,” he added.