Chennai will soon have smart transport system
Chennai is all set to get an ‘intelligent transportation system’ covering at least 150 junctions with financial aid from Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
The smart transport system aims at offering commuters comfortable, reliable, quick, affordable and safe access.
It would involve a combination of factors: developing apps; feeding information to users on public transportation systems; installation of cameras; automatic number plate readers at junctions; and pan tilt zoom cameras.
The junctions are also likely to get automatic vehicle classifiers and counters to generate live data on traffic.
Most of this was conceived as part of a project to be implemented in 2009, but failed to take off then.
At a recent meeting with JICA representatives, the State government has sought to increase the number of junctions to be covered in the original project which has been estimated at Rs. 1,400 crore covering core areas extending from Egmore to Saidapet, 471 bus routes, and corridors such as Rajiv Gandhi Salai, East Coast Road and Outer Ring Road. The data from these intelligent systems could be used for designing flyovers and other infrastructure projects, officials said.
The implementation of intelligent transportation system is expected to increase the share of buses to 46 per cent from 22 per cent.
The proposed intelligent transportation system in Chennai is expected to include traffic signal priority for buses.
Other aspects such as real time passenger information for bus commuters, cycle sharing system, parking management system, and multimodal coordination are expected to get priority.
Officials at the meeting stressed the need for policy decisions pertaining to congestion pricing, parking charges, and infrastructure improvement at junctions before implementation of the intelligent transportation system.