Traffic
These new sensor-based smart traffic signals will come up in the Central Business District and promises to ease traffic congestion.
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Commuters in Bengaluru can breathe a small sigh of relief, as the wait time at traffic signals will be cut down. This as the Bengaluru Traffic Police Department is set to install sensor-based smart traffic signals in the Central Business District, which promises to ease traffic congestion.

Major junctions like Shivaji Nagar, Residency Road, and MG Road will be covered in this phase where a total of 90 signals will be covered. The traffic police department is expected to take another four months to complete the process.

“Tenders will be floated soon and within three to four months the lights will be installed,” Additional Commissioner of Police (Traffic), R Hithendra told TNM.   

The Times of India reports that 20 such signals have already been put in place and have been found to be effective in reducing stoppage times. The signals include KR Puram, Yelahanka, Mathikere, Banaswadi junctions among a total of 35 such crossing.

According to the report, the system works on input from cameras which track traffic frequency and ensures that during peak hour, roads with less vehicle density will see a longer wait at the red light, while those routes with bumper to bumper traffic will see the green light staying on for longer.

The smart signal will also ensure that during non-peak hour traffic, the wait at the red light is cut down.    

The proposal of installing this smart signals was introduced in December, 2016 as a part of Bangalore Traffic Improvement Project.

Previously, automated traffic signals used to work on pre-programmed timings which could not take into account the real-time flow of traffic.

With the number of vehicles on road growing by leaps and bounds, traffic woes for Bengalureans has increased over the years Commuting has grown into a nightmare in India’s Silicon Valley with the average vehicular speed as low as 4km per hour.