The Greater Chennai Traffic Police (GCTP) on Thursday launched roadEase, an android app, to give real time traffic updates, closure of roads and diversion of vehicles, along with the estimated journey time and available route options.
The police were putting in efforts through deployment of traffic personnel, recovery vehicles, patrols and marshals and various traffic systems with the use of technology wherever possible, said Additional Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Kapil Kumar C. Saratkar.
Launching the app, Commissioner of Greater Chennai Police Shankar Jiwal said: “Many times, we have to close a particular road one way or both ways for improving traffic flow, facilitate civil works like those of Chennai Metro Rail and storm-water drain or to deal with a temporary situation like an agitation.”
“Whenever road closure and diversions are made, a pressnote is issued and it is announced on social media. But these are not updated on Google Maps immediately and the road users are not aware of the information,” he said. Some times, in view of a sudden development like agitation, a vehicle breakdown or major accident, a road is closed and there is no time to give a pressnote and announce it on social media, road users might not notice it, he said.
To overcome these problems, the GCTP in association with Lepton has come up with an arrangement in which the police will inform Lepton through an app called roadEase about the closure of the road and its duration. Lepton will relay the information on Google Maps within 15 minutes and the closed road will be shown with the dotted red line. Simultaneously, the map will show the best available alternative route.