THE INTELLIGENT Traffic Management System (ITMS) project being carried out by the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) on the Mumbai-Pune New Expressway is in completion stage. “We are planning to make the ITMS functional from October 15 this year,” said Sanjay Yadav, Joint Managing Director, MSRDC.
In fact, in Maharashtra, the ITMS project will be the first of its kind once functional on the Mumbai-Pune New Expressway. MSRDC looks after the expressway.
The project aims to enhance the management and safety of the expressway through the use of advanced technologies and intelligent cameras.
A total of 106 locations along the expressway have been identified where more than 430 high-quality cameras have been installed. These cameras are equipped with artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities to detect violations. The AI cameras are designed to detect violations of more than 17 types, which include traffic rule infractions such as speeding, lane violations, and other unsafe driving behaviors, Yadav said.
The ITMS project was carried out on a Public Private Partnership (PPP) model at estimated cost of around Rs 60 crore.
It includes a visual messaging system for communicating important information to commuters using the highway. This system could provide real-time updates about traffic conditions, road closures, and other relevant information including weather updates, as per the MSRDC.
Also, a Command and Control Centre (CCC) has been established at Kusgaon to manage the ITMS operations. The centre will operate 24×7 in three shifts and involves collaboration with highway police and the Regional Transport Officials (RTO). Data on violations detected by the cameras will be shared with these authorities for further action, including imposing penalties and regulating traffic.Talking further about the project, Yadav said that the cameras are connected through integrated optical fiber on both sides of the expressway. This connectivity ensures seamless communication and data transfer between the cameras and the CCC.