Lucknow: The UP government is setting up a central command and control center at the Police Headquarters (Signature Building) to deal with the problem of traffic jams in major cities of the state. Additional DG Traffic BD Poulsen told that the construction of the center is nearing completion and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will inaugurate it soon.
Poulsen said that the center is being linked to the Integrated Traffic Management System (ITMS) of major cities of the state where the problem of traffic jams persists. Local traffic police officers will get instant alerts about jams through Google Maps. Along with this, jam will be removed from the information received through people’s feedback like helpline number, WhatsApp number, landline number, social media. Sarbanand Singh Yadav, Deputy Director, Traffic and Road Safety said that apart from this, feed will come in the cities where ITMS is installed. Right now this process is going on, as soon as the feed starts coming, the Central Unit will start getting information about live traffic. Where there is a jam, instructions will be issued to remove it.
Along with this, feedback is received with the help of Map My India. With whose help, how to end the traffic jam, instructions will also be given from the headquarters. By analyzing the collected data it will be possible to determine which road is congested at what time. This would facilitate in identifying the root causes of congestion and implementing solutions. Apart from this, the rest of the cities, national highways etc. will also be connected in the next phase. Poulsen said that the work of the command and control center is being done on a war footing. After getting the information, the DGP has directed that two constables or two TSIs cannot do anything to end the jam. If there is a major intersection and the traffic is heavy, then information will be given to the concerned police station, from where additional policemen will be sent and efforts will be made to end the jam.
Even after chewing gram on the traffic system of the capital, the police could not get rid of the public from the jam. Charak Chauraha, Dubagga, PGI, Kaiserbagh, Aminabad, Rakabganj, Charbagh, Nishatganj, Mahanagar etc. are such areas of the capital, where the news of ambulance getting stuck in jam keeps coming. Not only this, sometimes even in Hazratganj the matter of getting stuck in the ambulance comes to the fore. Patients of many hospitals, Trauma Center, Balrampur Hospital, Lawrie, Lohia are dying due to getting stuck in the jam. Health Minister Brijesh Pathak has given instructions several times to remove encroachments in front of hospitals, but every time the result has been the same.
There is illegal parking of vehicles on both sides of the road near the District Magistrate’s office, due to which there is frequent jam on this route during working time. Whenever a bus etc. passes through this route, there is bound to be a traffic jam for hours. No policeman’s duty is ever imposed on this route to get rid of the jam.
Due to the jam on the roads of the capital Lucknow, the ambulance carrying Ved Prakash, a resident of Sarojini Nagar, to the hospital got stuck in the jam on Monday, 28 August. Ved Prakash died due to not reaching the hospital on time. Ved Prakash’s health suddenly deteriorated at Indira Gandhi Eye Hospital in Kaiserbagh. Family members claim that the ambulance faced traffic jams at many places, due to which the incident occurred.