Asiannewshub/ Musaib Mehraj
Srinagar, July 06 : After three years the work on much waited intelligent traffic signals has been started by Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) and has completed around 17 traffic signal.
Government of India-sponsored project SMC had hired Delhi Integrated Multi-Modal Transit System Ltd (DIMTS), a Delhi-based transport consultancy and infrastructure Development Company, to install such signals in the city, which is plagued with traffic snarls.
As per the official earlier the delay in installing in these lights has been caused because the department doesn’t had manpower for this and had some issues with the concern company.
They said the civic body was not having full-fledged electric engineering wing to monitor the project, while on the other side company was not ready to meet us.
Khursheed Ahmad Sanai Commissioner SMC told Asiannewshub “we have started the work on this project and has completed almost 17 traffic signals in different areas which include Nowgam Bye pass junction, Sanat Nagar crossing, Sangarmal Junction, clock tower crossing on M.A, Fire services Batamaloo, J&K head quarters junction, Regal Crossing women college and other places, within couple of months we will complete the project with installation of CCTV camera in these traffic signals,”
He said while adding that we have full fledged manpower for this project and have no problem of funds,”
The Government of India’s Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) launched the scheme and cleared Rs 15 crore for this Srinagar project.
In the first phase, 33 high-tech signals to be installed in Srinagar in six months but after three years the work on these lights has started.
Intelligent traffic lights popularly known as smart traffic lights are a vehicle traffic control system that combines traditional traffic lights with an array of sensors and artificial intelligence to intelligently route vehicle and pedestrian traffic.
With provision for CCTV camera-based control of traffic signals, the smart lights can sense the approach of vehicles and change the light signal as per the requirement.
The project would ease the burden on the J&K traffic department which is facing manpower shortage.
As per the proposal, in the first phase the SMC have to convert existing 24 signals installed in the city to intelligent signals and install nine fresh such signals.
While in second phase they have to install more 61 new intelligent traffic signals for which department have floated the tenders.