Indian cities are increasingly facing problems of traffic jams and lack of parking space. In fact, traffic woes are throwing Kochi out of gear. However, Kochi now might have found a solution to this increasing problem. An integrated traffic management system (ITMS) will soon be unveiled in the city as the Cochin Smart City Mission Ltd (CSML) has initiated steps to upgrade the traffic signals along with setting up a Command Control Centre. Initially, the traffic signal system in 20 major junctions in and around the city will be interlinked.
Though the scope of the project covers only those areas included under the Area Based Development (ABD) plan of smart city projects, ITMS will be implemented as a pan-city project since it will be effective only if it caters to a larger network over and above the seven junctions identified initially. The entire system will be launched at an estimated cost of Rs 30 crore. ITMS consists of a number of electronic equipment working towards improving road traffic conditions.
The project will have two phases in its implementation stages - Enforcement and Traffic Management. While Enforcement deals with detection of traffic violation and imposing fine, Traffic Management pertains to flow detection and optimisation of signal controls.
Various components that come under ITMS for Kochi are vehicle actuated signals, pelican signals, corridor management and area traffic control system, traffic surveillance through PTZ cameras for violation detection and incident management, red light violation detection system, variable message signages and the control centre.