In August 2019, Mohali became India’s first city to boast a 3-D smart traffic signal, Intelights. After three months long trial run at Quark City Phase 8B junction, it has been found successful and now Mohali administration has zeroed-in on four more junctions where it will be installed.
Additional Deputy Commissioner (Development) Aashika Jain has directed the officers of the municipal corporation to float tenders for setting up smart lights.
Success story of Smart Traffic Signal system
These fully computerized lights work synchronising feed from camera and sensors on availability and density on traffic on each side of the road. Accordingly, it adjusts the time of the lights signal. Hence, the benefits that have been observed are:
- Fuel – saving: They have saved 15,528 litres of vehicle fuel worth ₹10.8 lakh over a period of three months.
- Time – saving: Similarly, standing time at the lights has been reduced by up to 720 hours.
- Zero – accident: The biggest achievement is that during this period, “no accident has occurred on this light point, which is known as black spot (infamous for accidents)”.
Four junctions where Smart Traffic Lights coming up
In a meeting on road safety, it has been decided to extend this project to four junctions from the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Sector 81 to Sector 68/69 light point. Tenders for the same will be floated soon.
Sharing other features of the smart signal lights, Jain stated the following:
- Lesser Pollution: Due to the low standing time of the vehicles, pollution would be reduced.
- Reduced Anti-social activities: The sensors-equipped cameras on these smart traffic lights enable them keep an eagle eye on anti-social activities.
- Time and money saving
- Green signal would be given to the ambulances if stranded on the lights.
Additional Deputy Commissioner (Development) also added that employing a three-dimensional technique to make traffic signal fully actuated and on a real time basis is a major leap towards better and economical traffic management system.
News Source: Times of India
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