Srinagar: Inordinate delay in operation of Intelligent Traffic Light System in the summer capital is taking a heavy toll on commuters due to frequent traffic jams at vital intersections.
Though authorities installed the Intelligent Traffic Light System at all major junctions, however, these are not functioning yet.
The much-awaited hi-tech traffic light system is aimed to improve road safety and ensure smooth traffic flow. The project, which started a few years ago in Srinagar, jumped the first deadline in early 2020.
The officials said that equipped with smart cameras and a state-of-the-art control room, the system will monitor traffic and divert it accordingly thereby avoiding traffic mess in the city. The commuters say that delay in commissioning of the Intelligent Traffic Light System is creating problems for them.
“The old traffic lights have been replaced by these smart traffic lights. But they are not functioning. Everyone is well aware of the long traffic jams in Srinagar. Authorities should be quick to start these traffic lights for streamlining the traffic,” said Sajad Ahmed, a commuter.
An official said that Srinagar Municipal Corporation installed the Intelligent Traffic Light System in more than 10 locations including city centre Lal Chowk to begin with. Later over three dozen locations across Srinagar were equipped with the hi-tech system in phase two.
SMC Commissioner, Athar Aamir Khan said that the work on the Intelligent Traffic Light System has been almost completed and all the systems will start working by the end of this month.
“There were around 66 junctions where these ITL systems were to be installed. Around 50 junctions are completed and work on around 15 junctions is in the final stage. We are also done with control room work and by the end of this month, the system will start functioning. Ninety percent of the work is complete and we are now working on the configuration and calibration of these systems. As soon as these bits of work will be done, all the systems will work smoothly,” Khan said.