Chairman Capital Development Authority (CDA) Captain (R) Muhammad Usman Younis on Monday held a meeting regarding the introduction of an intelligent traffic system in Islamabad to reduce traffic issues. The meeting was attended by Member Engineering, Member Planning, Deputy Commissioner Islamabad, SSP Traffic and other officers of CDA.
In the meeting, a presentation was given on the intelligent transportation system by the students of NUST University. It is pertinent to mention here that the video of NUST students regarding shifting traffic signals to automatic traffic system in Islamabad went viral on social media. Owing to the viral video, Chairman CDA called these students to CDA headquarters and asked them to present their idea so that the results can be reviewed and improved in real time. In this regard, Capt (R) Younis was briefed that this system would be camera-based and cameras would be installed at each signal which will automatically turn green or red by monitoring the traffic volume with the help of these cameras.
Similarly, when the traffic pressure is high, this system will automatically shift to green color so that more traffic can pass and citizens do not have to face problems like traffic jams.
Students of NUST further informed that in this modern system, special tracking had been kept for the ambulances so that if an ambulance comes, it does not have to wait and passes through easily. All the issues would be monitored from a modern control room, they added. On this occasion, Chairman said that this intelligent transportation system should be introduced as a pilot project at a place in the capital city “where the volume of traffic is high and there are two or more signals” so that all the defects in the system could be removed and further improvements can be made.