Disregarding road safety laws is the biggest reason for road accidents in India. The smart traffic signal project that was in a quandary for quite sometime now seems to be gaining ground with the Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC) taking the initiative.
The smart traffic signal project was envisaged in 2013 and the contract was allotted to a Hyderabad-based firm Stanpower. The contract was given for 94 smart signals at 94 junctions in the city on BOT basis. The project hit a roadblock when 24 of the erected signals were completely uprooted and destroyed when very severe cyclonic storm Hudhud hit the city in October 2014. Later the contract, which was a tripartite agreement between Stanpower-GVMC and the police department, was in the dock over some legal issues and it did not make any progress. After a gap of over four years, GVMC has taken the initiative to install about 50 signals.
M Hari Narayanan, GVMC Commissioner, said, “Initially, the plan was for 10 signals and then we have enhanced it to 50. Of them, 10 will be smart signals and others will be advanced signal system that can be enhanced and upgraded to smart signals at a later stage.” The signal project will be developed from the smart city funds and the command and control centre will be based in GVMC and monitored by the city police staff, Narayanan said.
How it works?
The 10 smart signals will have a number of features such as high definition of CCTV cameras, CCRLVD (red light violation detection) system, triple riding detection system, speed guns and automatic number plate recognition system. The moment a motorist commits a violation, the cameras and smart sensors will detect it and video footage and photographs will be transmitted to the command control centre. Based on the footage and photographs, a case will be booked against the erring motorist and E-Challan will be issued.
The smart signals will be integrated to CCC with help of Internet connectivity. “We have already floated a tender for connectivity and it will be finalised soon,” Narayanan said.