What is ‘Intelligent transport system’?

Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways Nitin Gadkari launched India’s first “Intelligent Transport System” on Eastern Peripheral Expressway at Dasna, Ghaziabad.

Key Facts

  • This system was developed in a bid to minimize traffic woes and enhance safety of commuters.
  • On the occasion, minister noted that, India needs to improve its road engineering, because every year, around 1.5 lakh people are killed in 5 lakh accidents in India.

Intelligent Transport System (ITS) on expressway

  • ITS is a revolutionary state-of-the-art technology. It will achieve traffic efficiency by prompting efficient infrastructure usage, minimizing traffic problems, enriching users with prior information on traffic, reducing travel time and enhancing safety & comfort of commuters.
  • This system can detect any accident and receive alerts for ensuring that ambulance reaches the accident spot within 10-15 minutes.

Highway project in Meerut & Muzaffarnagar

On the occasion, Union Minister also laid the foundation stone of National Highway projects of 240 Km, in Meerut & Muzaffarnagar in Uttar Pradesh. Total estimated cost of the project is Rs 9,119 crore. As per minister, these projects will make it easy for the farmers to take their crops to market, and thus uplifting their economic situation.

Eastern Peripheral Expressway (EPE)

The Kundli–Ghaziabad–Palwal Expressway is dubbed as “Eastern Peripheral Expressway”. It is a 135 km long, 6-lane wide expressway which passes through Haryana and Uttar Pradesh. It starts from Western Peripheral Expressway at Kundli in Sonipat and passes through Baghpat, Ghaziabad & Noida in Uttar Pradesh and Faridabad district in Haryana. It finally rejoin the Western Peripheral Expressway near Dholagarh in Palwal. In March 2006, the Eastern Peripheral Expressway was declared as National Expressway 2 (NE-2).

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