The Madurai City Corporation is on its final leg of discussions to introduce an intelligent traffic management system in Madurai that will enable seamless traffic control, surveillance and enforcement under one control room.

A feasibility study was carried out by Tata Consulting Engineers and Urban Mass Transit Company Limited and the study was funded by Tamil Nadu Urban Infrastructure Financial Services (TNUIFSL).

Intelligence traffic management system is an advanced application that uses communication and information technologies for road transport, infrastructure, vehicles, users and traffic management. Using the system, the corporation plans to reduce traffic congestion, regulate parking spaces, set up automatic signals that could increase or decrease the timing based on road congestion and set up a complete electronic surveillance of the traffic that could be monitored using a central control room.

The feasibility study has been going on for the last one year with the agencies consulting all the stakeholders involved.

Corporation would closely coordinate with traffic police as the system would ensure better enforcement of traffic rules. Violations can be tracked electronically and the fines can be slapped by tracking the vehicle and the owner, according to the corporation.

The system would start tracking the traffic from the city’s entry points including the ring roads and highways bringing in traffic to the city, said corporation commissioner KP Karthikeyan.

“Madurai is an old city that developed around Meenakshi temple. The roads can’t be widened beyond a limit inside the old city limits. We need a better solution for Madurai city’s traffic congestion. We believe that an intelligent traffic management system would be useful in this regard,” he said.

The project will be carried out with the help of World Bank funding. Detailed project report is in the final stage.

“Based on the DIPR estimation, we would request funds from the state government. Once the system is in place, Madurai will be one of the cities in the world that would be managing the traffic with advanced modern technology,” said city mayor V. Indirani Ponvasanth.

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