Intelligent Transport System (ITS) will be introduced on the entire Outer Ring Road (ORR) with Japanese assistance to facilitate smooth flow of traffic.

Work on laying an eight-lane, accesscontrolled expressway (ORR), running to a total length of 158 km, around the Hyderabad city is in progress. The works under Phase-I and Phase-IIA for a length of 86.6 km, taken up with financial assistance from the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA), have picked up momentum.

Talking with Express, HMDA Metropolitan Commissioner KS Jawahar Reddy says that JICA has agreed to assist implementation of ITS for the entire length of ORR. According to him, the ITS comprises emergency communication, mobile communication, variable message sign, meteorological data and automatic traffic counter-cum-classifier systems.

Emergency Communication System: It helps in detecting accidents when they occur. In this system Emergency Call Boxes (ECBs) are installed every at 2 km on either side in both the directions and connected to the control centre through an optical fibre cable with suitable interfacing.

These emergency telephones will have the facility to transfer calls to appropriate organisations such as expressway police, fire stations, ambulances and repair services, and recording of the communication on a voice recorder.

Mobile Communication System: It is used for speedy communication to ambulances, cranes and patrolling vehicles.

Variable Message Sign System: This one of the most important informationproviding facilities that guide and serve warning to road- users. Messages expressed on sign boards, which is provided by the traffic control centre (TCC), are direct and not convoluted so as not to confuse road-users. These will be installed near the entrance of Toll Gates at major crossings like on National Highways.

Meteorological Data System: This facility gathers data needed for road management. The information gathered will be about temperature, wind direction and speed, humidity and visibility.

Significant information regarding meteorology is visibility and wind speed since they directly affect safety of motorists on highways. Automatic Traffic Counter-cum-Classifier System: The system helps in finding traffic density, speed and types of vehicles.

Traffic Control Centre: The TCC is a hub that controls and manages all the ITS services, collects and analyses various ORR operations as well as information and data from the ECBs, CCTVs, ATCCs and the meteorological data system. For monitoring the traffic, monitor TVs will be provided at optimum locations such as near interchanges.

Toll Collection: There will be three ways of toll collection.

The first is an electronic toll collection system (ETC) which enables vehicles ply non-stop. The second is the touchand- go with Smart Card while the third one is manual collection of toll at the counter.

In addition to ORR, construction of Metro Rail in the core area of Hyderabad is also being taken up. Besides, extension of the MMTS, which is serving the needs of the local commuters to a considerable extent, is also in the offing. There is a move to introduce a Smart Card which can be used to avail all these public facilities and also to pay parking fee in public parking.

PUBLICATION: Express Buzz
AUTHOR: S Bachan; Jeet Singh
DATED: 23rd February 2009