Karnataka

Mysuru police erect LED screens to update motorists on traffic updates

The LED screen put up near Sri Chamaraja Wadiyar Circle for giving updates on traffic and other information.   | Photo Credit: M.A. Sriram

Motorists can now get to know traffic jams, VVIP movement, change of routes for emergency reasons, weather updates and other information in real time. Thanks to LED screens (5 feet by 2 feet), under the Variable Messaging System, that have been installed at three major locations in Mysuru.

The Mysuru City Police have undertaken this initiative under the Mysore Traffic Improvement Project (M-TRAC).

This Android-based initiative shares live updates on the screens installed at the traffic junction near Columbia Asia Hospital on the busy Mysuru-Bengaluru National Highway; near Aishwarya Petrol Pump on Mysuru-Madikeri Highway and near Sri Chamaraja Wadiyar Circle in the Core Heritage Zone.

A sum of ₹1.2 crore has been spent on the initiative, which is expected to be expanded to other locations including Nanjangud Road, T. Narsipur Road and KRS Road. The initiative will be formally launched on August 20. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime and Traffic) Vikram Amathe told The Hindu that the smart VMS is a unique concept in the State and messages will be displayed for motorists.

Easing needless congestions, instilling traffic discipline, alerting motorists on traffic jams so that they can change routes are among the key features of the system.

The DCP said that pollution levels, information on green corridors, traffic density on major roads and other functional information will be updated from the command centre of the Mysuru City Police. “The Commissioner of Police and I can also update information using our smartphones accessing the app.”

The system has the option of integrating information from other stakeholders such as KSRTC. VMS also acts as a platform for sharing useful information, he added.

M-TRAC, on the lines of the Bangalore Traffic Improvement Project (B-TRAC), was launched to develop strategies and action plans to ensure effective traffic management. Being a Tier-II city, Mysuru has witnessed a sharp increase in vehicle numbers.

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