Gadkari discusses intelligent traffic system with US officials

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With worsening traffic situation in in its metro cities, India wants to set up an intelligent traffic system that will provide detailed and accurate information for road management, Union Minister for Road and Surface Transportation Nitin Gadkari has said. Gadkari, who is in the city for the second leg of his week-long official visit to the US, visited the New York City and State Departments of Transportation to discuss intelligent traffic system with the officials.
The focus of the meeting was on intelligent traffic system that is in place in the city and through which officials are able to monitor and streamline traffic conditions and manage traffic in cases of accidents and congestion, Gadkari told. “With the traffic situation in metros such as Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad and Bangalore, we want to set up an intelligent traffic system in such cities that will provide detailed and accurate information for road management,” Gadkari said.
Gadkari said he noted that police and road departments as well as municipal corporations work in coordination for traffic management and use technology to not only monitor traffic but also to record violations and ensure enforcement of laws and rules. “Such a system is not possible by just one department. We have to work with all the departments and adopt an integrated approach to ensure its successful implementation,” he said.
He said all stakeholders, including state governments, police and traffic control departments as well as municipal corporations, will have to coordinate together and adopt an integrated approach to ensure success of such a system.
He also discussed with officials several aspects of intelligent transport management, city traffic management and control centre and other technology- based transport solutions.“We have garnered the necessary information and will begin work to implement the intelligent traffic system in our country,” he said, adding that use of information technology will also help in identifying solutions to various traffic problems in the country. He expressed concern over the increase in the number of road accidents in India, saying it reflects “failure of my department” and underscored that “road safety is an important agenda for us”. In India, more than 150,000 people are killed in five lakh road accidents every year.
“If we put such enhanced measures in place, I feel we will be able to safe the lives of many more people,” he said.

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