Maharashtra cabinet approves Rs 891 crores, for traffic management system in Mumbai


In a bid to ease traffic woes in Mumbai, the Maharashtra cabinet has approved Rs 891 crores, to implement an intelligent traffic management system in the city

The Maharashtra cabinet, on August 20, 2019, approved Rs 891 crores, to implement the intelligent traffic management system (ITMS) project, to streamline vehicular movement on Mumbai’s roads. “To address the issues of time consumed while traveling, money spent on fuel due to vehicle population and traffic jams in Mumbai and its subsequent effect on productivity, there is a need for a modern traffic management system,” a statement issued by the Chief Minister’s Office said.

“Mumbai has around 2000-kilometre road network. The ITMS project will be implemented on these roads and also the city’s bridges, flyovers,” it added. The system can help adjust the signal time slot based on vehicular traffic on a road and its length, the statement said. The project will help in smart signalling, identifying licence number plates, control over-speeding vehicles and illegal parking, tracing stolen vehicles and recovery of penalty, it added.

Mumbai’s population is around 1.30 crores and its surface area is 438 sq kms. There are around 34 lakh vehicles in Mumbai, with 261 out of 1,000 persons in the city owning a vehicle, the statement added.

 


Mumbai’s traffic flow worst in world, Delhi at fourth spot: Report

Mumbai and Delhi were ranked first and fourth, in terms of having the worst traffic flows, among 56 countries that were studied, says a report

June 6, 2019: Traffic flow in Mumbai is the worst in the world, while Delhi is close behind at fourth position, according to a new report detailing the traffic situation in 56 countries. In the financial capital of India, a journey during rush hour takes 65% longer. In Delhi, it is 58% longer, the report prepared by location technology specialist TomTom, which also supplies maps for Apple and Uber, said on June 4, 2019. It, however, said traffic in the two cities decreased slightly in 2018.

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“Mumbai takes the top spot this year, with drivers in the Indian city expecting to spend an average of 65% extra travel time stuck in traffic. Next in the global rankings are Bogota (63%), Lima (58%), New Delhi (58%) and Moscow (56%), making up the top five most-congested cities in the world,” the report said. In 2018, the average traffic congestion in Mumbai was 65%, a slight decrease from 66% in 2017. While the city’s lowest congestion was 16% on March 2, 2018, its worst was 111% on August 21, it said.

Delhi recorded an average of 58% traffic congestion in 2018, a 4% decrease compared to 2017. Like Mumbai, Delhi too experienced its lowest congestion on March 2, 2018, (6%). The city’s worst traffic congestion was 83% on August 8, 2018.

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