Nitin Gadkari inaugurated the Intelligent Transport System with 150 cameras on the Eastern Peripheral Expressway
The Minister of Road Transport and Roadways, stated that the government has built highways using the most advanced technologies available
Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister, has launched an innovative transportation system on the Eastern Peripheral Expressway to reduce traffic congestion and improve commuter safety. On the freeway, up to 150 cameras have been set to monitor accidents and commuters driving on the wrong side. The Delhi-Meerut Expressway (DME) was also dedicated to the public by Gadkari.
The Minister of Road Transport and Roadways, speaking to a crowd, stated that the government has built highways using the most advanced technologies available. Gadkari stated that India's road engineering needs to be improved because 1.5 lakh people are killed in 5 lakh accidents per year.
On the opening of the intelligent transportation system, the Road Transport and Highways Minister said, "It is a great event in the history of Indian infrastructure (development)" (ITS). According to him, ITS is a revolutionary state-of-the-art technology that will improve traffic efficiency by lowering travel time, encouraging optimal infrastructure usage, enriching users with prior traffic knowledge, and boosting commuter safety and comfort.
Any accident can be detected by the ITS, which sends out notifications to ensure that an ambulance arrives within 10-15 minutes. While cars are allowed to go at 120 kmph on the 135-kilometer expressway, the road ministry is trying to adjust speed limits for other types of vehicles, he said.
Gadkari also announced the construction of a new expressway link between Delhi and Lucknow, which will cut commuting times between the two cities to three and a half hours. Gadkari further stated that the projected new highway link's groundbreaking ceremony will take place in the next 10-12 days in the presence of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.
"We have made a plan to connect Delhi and Lucknow," he said. "After completion of the new expressway (link), we will be able to complete the distance between Delhi and Lucknow in three and a half hours," the Road Transport and Highways Minister claimed.