Smart Traffic Signals to Ease Rush Hour Blues


Mumbai, Nov 20: You will soon be able to say goodbye to traffic bottlenecks and snarls on city roads.

Under a new project called the Area Traffic Control (ATC), sensors installed at signals will help control movement of traffic based on vehicular density. The traffic department of the Mumbai police will implement the project by December-end.

This means that if you’re driving at Haji Ali or Opera House during rush hour and the signal turns red, you don’t have to wait for the entire 90 seconds to make your way through. Similarly, if there’s very little traffic on a road, sensors in the signal will ensure it blinks to green quickly.

The sensors installed at traffic signals will be linked to a central server at the traffic headquarters in Worli. This will decode the information sent by the sensors and relay it back to the traffic signal. This system will allow the signals to blink the signal lights as per the traffic on the roads. Currently the duration of all traffic signals is preset.

“ATC signals will prevent traffic jams, which are a major concern for motorists,” said DCP Shivajirao Solunkhe.

To begin with the junctions at Regal, Mantralaya, Churchgate and CST will have the new system.


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