The Mumbai-Pune New Expressway’s Intelligent Traffic Management System (ITMS) project, which is being carried out by the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC), is almost and near completion.
The ITMS will be operational starting from October 15 of the current year, according to Sanjay Yadav, Joint Managing Director of MSRDC. MSRDC maintains the highway as well.
The project intends to improve traffic control as well as security on this road in order to decrease the incidence of accidents by using advanced technology and smart cams. This is in response to the reason that incidents on the highway are occurring more frequently. The authorities state that this particular attempt will be a first for the state.
Use of Advanced Technology and Smart Cameras
To provide essential information to drivers using the roadway, it has a visual message technology. With the implementation of cutting-edge technology and smart cameras, the initiative seeks to improve motorway management and protection.
Over 430 cameras of superior quality were installed positioned at an overall of 106 places throughout the roadways. Artificial intelligence (AI) technologies are built into the cameras used to find violators.
According to Yadav, “the AI cameras are built to catch any violations of up to 17 various types, such as breaking traffic laws like going too fast or ignoring lane markers.
He added further,”with a projected cost of about Rs 60 crore, the ITMS initiative was completed using a Public Private Partnership (PPP) model.”
According to the MSRDC, this approach can provide immediate updates on the state of traffic, closed roads, and other important information like weather forecasts.
Additionally, Kusgaon now features a Command and Control Centre (CCC) to look after the ITMS operations.
In addition, Yadav explained that, “these cameras are linked on each side of the highway by integrated optical fibre. The cameras along with the CCC can communicate and share information with no interruptions because of this connectivity. The centre will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and will work in conjunction with Regional Transport Officials (RTO) as well as the highway patrol.
“These authorities will be given information on crimes found by the cameras so they can take additional action, such as imposing charges and controlling traffic.
Once operational on the Mumbai-Pune New Motorway, the ITMS initiative will really be the very first of such a project in Maharashtra.