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19 February, 2018 00:00 00 AM
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Dhaka to get ‘intelligent’ traffic system, now

Saugato Bosu

To ensure hassle-free traffic in Dhaka, the government has taken various steps including the introduction of the rope-off method, automated signals, countdown timers and giant digital display boards. Now, the Traffic Division and the Dhaka City Corporation will introduce a new system called “Intelligence Traffic System” (ITC) to reduce traffic congestion. The necessary machines will be initially installed at Mohakhali, Gulshan, Paltan and Fulbaria.

 Authorities and the Traffic Division have said that the machines would be set up in more than 100 inter-sections in the city. This Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) project will cost Tk. 45 crore and will be completed in December next year.  In 2005, the Dhaka City Corporation had installed 70 automated traffic signals at major intersections at a cost of Tk. 13 crore under the Dhaka Urban Transport Project. However, most city drivers did not want to follow the automated traffic light.  The Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) has also installed

17 giant and 14 small digital display boards at major intersections of the city.

 The “Intelligence Traffic System” will be initially implemented at four places on a trial basis and later will be introduced in the entire city. The Dhaka Traffic Division is a stakeholder of the project.

Mofiz Ahmed, joint police commissioner (traffic-south), told The Independent that the Traffic Division will introduce the system jointly with the transport authority. “The system will be introduced hopefully by the end of next year. The project will be financed by the JICA,” he said.

“We introduced the auto- or signal-controlled traffic in 2005, but it proved ineffective due to the huge pressure of vehicles and shortage of roads in the capital. We’re trying to start this process again within a very short time. City corporation engineers have developed the structure with the DMP’s assistance,” Mofiz Ahmed also said.

The work on the ITC at Mohakhali intersection is in progress. In Gulshan and Paltan, the processes have also started.

Syed Ahmed, executive director, the Dhaka Transport Coordination Authority, has said that close-circuit cameras and car detection devices will be implemented under the ITC. The new system will be able to calculate the number of vehicles on the road. Besides, traffic signal lights will show brightly after determining how car pressure will work in a lane.

ITC will instantly detect any violation of the law.

DMP sources said after the introduction of the system, traffic police will not control the movement of vehicles through hand signals; they will only take action against the law-breakers.

According to the DMP, around 4,000 police personnel are currently deployed for traffic management in Dhaka city.

The traffic signalling system was first launched on November 22, 2009. But the system collapsed in a few days and police restored manual traffic control.

According to DMP data, modern traffic signal lights were installed at 70 points of 59 roads in the capital at a cost of Tk. 25 crore in the 2001-02 fiscal year with financing from the World Bank.

Later, an automatic signalling system was installed with solar panels at 62 intersections across the city in 2015. But that system too failed to pay off.

 However, city and transport planners said that no technology will work if the pressure of private cars on the road cannot be reduced.

Dr M. Shafiq-Ur Rahman, expert of Transport and planning, said the system can be implemented in an experimental way, but implementing this process throughout the city is likely to be a little complicated if the number of cars is not reduced. “To implement the process, the Traffic Division and the  authorities concerned must be stricter in dealing with private cars,” he mentioned.

 

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