Rising need of Advance Traffic Management System

Rising traffic congestion is an inevitable condition in large. Studies have shown that there are occasions when traffic congestion occurs and is an inherent result of the method nowadays modern societies operate. The key point to note is that nobody likes traffic congestion, and in most of the instances it keeps getting worse. The other striking facet that we require to take in to consideration is the relation of frequent traffic congestion and road accidents. In fact, regular road accidents and traffic congestion are the two most external factors and always discussion topics among transport policy makers.

Over many years, relationship between road accidents and traffic congestion has not been apparent and less studied. However, in the past few years, many independent bodies, and highway experts have started to study the influence of traffic congestion on the occurrence of road accidents by following a spatial analysis approach, in addition to controlling various other relevant factors.

Different studies submitted by various industry experts have shown that in recent times commuters using private vehicles, want to move at the same times of day. Now the real matter of concern is that every highway road system does not always have the ability to handle any emergency or even peak-hour loads without compelling many commuters just to wait in line for getting adequate assistance or limited road space. In fact, today there are many other countries facing traffic congestion problems. To address such there is a need of an effective and advance traffic management system.

In coming years, the Highways sector of India is anticipated to see huge increase on account of increasing necessities propelled by economic development. Adding to that the dependency on road transport network is also expected to grow high. The increasing traffic in India is too posing the urgent need to develop highways infrastructure and a proper management system.

Advance Traffic Management System (ATMS) is a comprehensive real time system that could very well help in the complete highway transportation and adds in the smooth, and competent traffic operation. It even promotes in the quick saving and relief to road users in distress. Many experts refer it to one such system that has been designed to allow easy branching for the development along highway. Having said that, it provides a solution for deployment, operation, maintenance, of monitoring systems, as the characteristics of highway keep changing dramatically. What makes the highway traffic management system more unique and special is that it takes the form of mobile traffic monitoring by making the best usage of the portable sensors in order to gather traffic data, or information in real-time.

In general the key components of ATMS are Variable Message Signboards, CCTV cameras, Emergency Response System, Automatic Traffic Counter and Classifier. In addition to this, the other components of ATMS also includes VMS & WIMS, Travel Time Estimation System (TTES), and Vehicle actuated radar speed system.

The best highlight about ATMS is that it offers cater to road surveillance, and in present scenario it has become very much vital. Undoubtedly, in the past few years, the ratio of vehicles running on roads and especially on highways has increased, and with this unfortunately there has also been a gradual increase in the vehicle accident, and traffic congestion. The significant upsurge in traffic on any National Highway stretch can well be managed by an effective implementation of traffic management system.


Gadkari completely denied stopping of highway toll collection

Union road transport and highways minister Nitin Gadkari has completely ruled out any exclusion from toll collection at the national highways. In fact, all the individuals making use of national highways must pay if they want good services.

Adding to that, the minister even remarked that toll collection can never be omitted, as funds are adequately required and must be raised for the proper construction of roads under the build-operate-transfer (BOT) model. “The toll (collection) will never go. The toll will be there. All those who are looking for good services, have to pay for it,” Gadkari said at the recent function of the PTI employees unions here last night.

Although, he expressed a serious concern over the increasing occurrences of road accidents. He even said that the ministry is constantly working towards inducing right and modern technology that could well ensure safety of highway users traveling on the highways. Unfortunately, nearly about 1.46 lakh people had lost their lives in 4.60 lakh road accidents across the country in 2017.

Source: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/business/india-business/gadkari-rules-out-stopping-highway-toll-collection/articleshow/64843600.cms

Soon Mumbai-Nagpur highway Users will get Access to Car Charge Stations at every 35 km

Good news for drivers of electric vehicles, as now they have not to worry about any situation of running out of charge on the 820-km Mumbai-Nagpur route. Recently, MSEDCL (Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited) has announced about the plan to set up 50 e-charging stations, at every 35km along the route. The important point to note is that 25 e-charging stations on each corridor will be set-up in tier-II cities such as Aurangabad, Nashik, Jalgaon and Amravati. A source at MSEDCL said that entire set-up of car charge stations will be funded by the state and the Union ministry of heavy industries.

MSEDCL also shared its plan to further set up 500 such stations across other states by 2020, and in different routes like Mumbai-Pune, Mumbai-Nashik, and Mumbai-Ratnagiri corridors. It is estimated that approx. 12 stations will be installed on the high-speed route (both ways included) between Mumbai and Nashik. In fact, just few days back, MSRDC has finalized seven plots along the Expressway for the stations.

Government also aims to create the required infrastructure on state highways and want to encourage an expected shift towards e-vehicles. In fact, one of the MSEDCL official even said, “We are anticipating more e-vehicles in coming years and these new e-vehicles to replace diesel and petrol cars. These e-vehicles should not be restricted to move inside a city but must move between cities.”

Under the Centre’s National Mobility Mission 2020, Energy Efficiency Services Ltd also recommends to buy 10,000-battery powered cars to replace petrol and diesel cars that are used by government departments. In fact, one of the recent notable decisions has been announcement made by the state government had introduced an Electrical Vehicle Policy 2018 that offers incentives for developing charging infrastructure that in turn could encourage consumers opt for environment friendly and zero-emission cars.

In Mumbai region, the MSEDCL is also looking forward to set up four charging stations in the Bhandup-Mulund belt, six in Thane, and four each in Navi Mumbai and Panvel. An MSEDCL official also said “In general, every days the Mumbai-Nagpur highway handles 30,000-40,000 passenger cars and so, our plan to set-up charging stations would also be very viable for us. All that we require to do is just set up DC charging points that are effective, durable and this might also help in reducing the infrastructure costs.”

Source: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/mumbai/soon-car-charge-stations-every-35-km-on-nagpur-highway/articleshow/64820731.cms