Transport system in Kerala to be digitalised soon
Kochi: A project to coordinate the transport system in the state using digital technology will be implemented soon. As of now, traffic regulation, parking, rule violations, etc are being monitored by different agencies such as Motor Vehicles Department, Police Department and local self-government bodies. A plan is being chalked out to bring all these sections under one roof using digital technology.
It is expected that such a move can enhance road safety and inculcate road discipline. The National Highways, State Highways, district roads, municipalities and corporations will be brought under the project.
Reports say there exists a delay in getting accurate data regarding traffic rule violations since various agencies are issuing tickets to violators. The levying of penalty will be made into a digital payment system. A unified chellan will be brought in for the purpose. The vehicles, which are moving at a specified speed from a traffic signal will not have to wait at the next signal. The signals can be rearranged at once in accordance with the traffic flow.
The Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation (KSIDC) has been deputed to choose a consultant for the project and a tender has also been invited. KSIDC authorities said the blueprint of the project will be prepared within six months.
Home Department sources said the project aims to digitalise the transport system on the lines of European countries.
More cameras will be installed to bring down the number of officials deputed for traffic regulation. It is anticipated that the new system can effectively tackle over speeding, jumping red light, driving without seat belts and helmets and drunk driving.
Objectives of the project:
- Bring down the number of accidents
- Over-all digitalisation and controlling of transport system
- Traffic regulation centres at selected cities and a state-level centre to coordinate its operations
- Controlling the speed of vehicles by ensuring proper monitoring
- Check illegal parking
- Rearrangement of signals as per the prevailing road situation.
- The details of traffic rule violations
- Scientific levying of fine
- Dissemination of information regarding transport sector
- Accurate details of the road conditions and traffic congestion.
- Updated information about the road
- System to ensure safety of pedestrians
- Speedy rescue work during accidents
As per the data provided by sources, around 40,000 road accidents are reported in Kerala every year. On an average, 4000 lives are lost. The state government and police are planning to bring down the accidents by 50 percent in next five years.