NEW DELHI: A set of 10 cameras has been installed at the ITO and AIIMS intersections to monitor the traffic real time during the Diwali rush.

The cameras are also equipped with a system to identify registration numbers of vehicles which would help the traffic police identify the errant vehicles. Installed on poles at the dividers, all the cameras will have a 360 degree view.

The system is guided by a wireless technology and connected to the traffic control room. The footage would be analysed later to identify violations. More than two lakh vehicles pass these intersections every day during the festive season.

“We have planned to operationalise the system on a trial basis at the two intersections. Such systems would be installed later in 50 other locations prone to congestions,” said Muktesh Chander, special commissioner, traffic.

The traffic police, which is trying to adopt an integrated traffic management system, will also deploy about 4,000 personnel from Monday to remove bottlenecks outside the markets. The reports from the control rooms will be shared with the men on the road who would take steps to ease traffic. Police officers say each of the major intersections connected to the heavily congested crossings around the big markets will be manned by a traffic inspector and a zonal officer.

The plan to install the integrated traffic management system in Delhi has been stuck for the past few years.

At present, the project is awaiting the Union finance ministry’s approval, said a traffic police official. Red-tape, funds crunch and lack of manpower are cited as the major reasons behind the delay.

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Source: TOI-Delhi