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Intelligent traffic management system mooted to ease jams

Vehicles caught in a traffic jam with many of them parked in a queue to receive fuel near a petrol pump, in Pulchowk, Lalitpur, on Monday. PHOTO: THT

Kathmandu, April 29, 2016: The government is planning to put in place intelligent traffic system, which would provide real time visualisation of traffic jams and road conditions via wireless traffic data and CCTV live video, in 35 traffic junctions of the Kathmandu Valley within two years.

The ITS, which is a self-adaptive system,would be able to respond quickly to changes in road conditions, modify signal policies and reroute drivers to prevent congestion.

If all goes as planned, all busy road intersections in the Valley will be equipped with traffic lights for effective traffic management.

According to the MoPIT, the government will also complete construction of a 7-km historical heritage walk route and 15-km trekking route in the Kathmandu Metropolitan City within a year.

Bus rapid transit will be brought into operation along the 16-km stretch of Bishnumati-Link Road-Lainchaur-Dhobighat-Bagmati Corridor within five years, said the MoPIT.

The government also plans to classify around 200 public transportation routes across the Valley into three levels and prescribe the standard of vehicles plying the classified routes.

The government will operate Bus Mass Transit with electronic ticket system on primary and secondary routes with modern infrastructure.

“In addition, the government will convert approximately 2.5 million ordinary driving licences and blue books into smart cards and embossed number plate will be used in vehicles throughout the country within five years,” said a report of the MoPIT.

In yet another plan, the Department of Transport Management will receive application for driving license and vehicle registration, and renewal fees and road tax payment within a year.

The government has also vowed to end syndicate system in transport sector within a year.

“Due attention will be paid to social and environmental aspects while implementing the projects,” it read.

Meanwhile, the government has decided to complete expansion of 81 km of the 157 km roads in the Valley within five years.

“The Ring Road (27-km) and Suryabinayak-Dhulikhel (17-km) stretch will be upgraded into four lanes within two and five years respectively,” said the report.