The city of Varanasi is all set to be turned world class. The city will soon witness deployment of a huge network of CCTV cameras and an integrated command and control centre to resolve city’s perennial congestion problem and ensuring security. The holy city is being made Wi-Fi ready and a dedicated mobile app for citizens and tourists alike will soon be rolled out.
As many as 61 busy intersections across the city will be remodelled and fixed with an Intelligent Traffic Management System (ITMS) with automatically configured traffic lights and Pelican lights for pedestrians for regulating traffic and lessening the city’s infamous traffic jams. Added to that, roads leading to the famous Ganga Ghats will also be remodelled to enable smoother traffic, reported Economic Times.
At present, there is no central control mechanism to monitor or regulate the traffic flow in Varanasi. As per the plan, around 400 CCTV cameras will be fitted on the 61 busiest junctions to enable a dedicated ‘city wide surveillance system’ with the ability of facial recognition and congestion detection. That said, for sustainable energy the city authorities will install 36,000 streetlights fitted with LED and automation, and an environmental monitoring system will be installed at various places to measure the levels of air pollution. All of this will be linked to a proposed Kashi Integrated Command & Control Centre for live monitoring and action.