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Chief Urban Planner of CMDA S.Santhanam (second from left), releasing a book on application of geomatics in urban transportation planning and management at St.Peter’s University, Avadi, on Monday.
Chief Urban Planner of CMDA S.Santhanam (second from left), releasing a book on application of geomatics in urban transportation planning and management at St.Peter’s University, Avadi, on Monday.

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Programme on application of geomatics in transportation planning held

CHENNAI: The percentage of people using public transport in the city has to be doubled from the existing 34 per cent to effectively tackle challenges pertaining to transportation, Chief Urban Planner of Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority S. Santhanam said on Monday.

Speaking at the inaugural function of the Department of Science and Technology-sponsored advanced training programme on application of geomatics in urban transportation planning and management, he stressed the importance of subsidising bus fare, optimal modal split and decentralisation of traffic intensive activities in transportation management of Chennai. The training programme was organised at St. Peter’s University, Avadi.

Second Master Plan

“Geographical Information System (GIS) tools have been used effectively in the Second Master Plan. The GIS tools will help CMDA overcome the problems in storage and retrieval of data,” he said.

“The total investment proposed over 20 years is Rs.47,811 crore for medium term transportation projects in the city. An investment of Rs.33,998 crore has been proposed for long term projects,” he added.

He said that the initiatives of CMDA would ensure better integration of traffic planning with land use planning. “Efficient transport network is one of the aims of the spatial strategies proposed in the Second Master Plan,” Mr.Santhanam said.

Two-week programme

The two-week programme would discuss the advances in geographical information system; the requirements, applications and benefits of GIS applications in urban transportation and management in developing countries; new theories and methods of predicting transportation demands and use of technology in monitoring dynamic route planning and accident-prone zones, said P. Partheeban, Professor and Head, Department of Civil Engineering, St. Peter’s University.

Experts from various parts of the country are participating in the programme. Principal of St. Peter’s Institute of Higher Education and Research S. Selvan, Dean Research and Development D.S. Ramachandramurthy and co-ordinator of the programme K. Karthik spoke at the inaugural function.

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