To streamline traffic mess, AMRUT to sponsor Rs 22 cr project

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Nagender Jamwal

The government has decided to install new hi-tech detection devices across the Jammu city with the estimated cost of Rs 22 crore under Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) but Rs 10 crore available with Jammu Municipal Corporation (JMC).

According to highly placed sources, the government has proposed to install more traffic lights, high-tech Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) and Red Light Violation Detection (RLVD) systems at around sixty (60), including existing 26 locations in the city.

Sources said, “Authorities have identified 34 new locations for installing hi-tech detection devices across the city and refurbished the existing regulation system,” adding “Technical Vetting of the modern traffic system to be installed in Jammu is going on with technical consultants examining all aspects. Soon after considering all parameters and vital requirements, the system will be put in place.”

They said that the latest high-tech traffic system will not only keep a check on traffic violations but also strengthen security as any vehicle plying without Registration Number will be immediately traced.

“Several rounds of meetings between Traffic Police authorities and the JMC officials have already been held, and very soon, the project will be executed” sources claimed.

The spots for installation of the advanced traffic signals as well as Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) and Red Light Violation Detection (RLVD) systems have been identified by the Traffic Police, while the project will be executed by JMC, sources informed.

Sources added that presently there are 26 traffic signals in the city, while among these several have been installed needlessly, which will also be relocated under the refurbishment plan.

Sources said that initially the traffic signals as well as Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) and Red Light Violation Detection (RLVD) systems will be installed at thirty four locations in the city and its outskirts.

“In the second phase and as per the availability of funds, the other spots identified by the police will also be covered”, sources added.

Apart from this, Pedestrian Lights and Zebra crossings, which are still nowhere in Jammu, will also be put in place under the project, sources said.

They said that the existing traffic signals in Jammu will also be modernized for improving the traffic regulation system.

Commissioner, JMC Dr Manmohan Singh said, “We have identified 60 spots at different locations of the city but however, during the first phase, our priority will be to put in place the advanced system at thirty four (34) prime spots so that traffic is streamlined, violations are checked and security is strengthened.”

Singh said that its’ a very hi-tech and intelligent device project, which will be centrally controlled, adding 34 new locations have been identified for installing these hi-tech detection devices and upgraded 26 existing lights with these devices.”

“The funds were sanctioned under Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT). Out of Rs 22 crore, the department has received Rs 10 crore for first phase and rest amount will be release in a phased manner,” he said.

Commissioner added “We have already opened tenders for this project and last date for submitting tenders is August 22, 2016.” He said this project will be completed within one year.

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