AI to Revolutionise Traffic Monitoring on Mumbai-Nagpur Expressway

Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) plans to implement an AI-based Intelligent Transportation System on the Mumbai-Nagpur expressway.

AI to Revolutionise Traffic Monitoring on Mumbai-Nagpur Expressway

The Mumbai-Nagpur expressway, spanning 701 kilometers, is set to adopt the Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) to monitor traffic using artificial intelligence. The Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC), who was responsible for the Samruddhi Mahamarg construction, is seeking a competent company to manage the ITS project.

The ITS project aims to deliver, install, test, and commission the system along the expressway, officially named Hindu Hrudaysamrat Balasaheb Thackeray Maharashtra Samruddhi Mahamarg in honour of the late Sena founder. 600 kilometres of the highway are already operational. But the remaining 101 kilometres are slated to open in 2024.

Currently, traffic assessment on Samruddhi Mahamarg is manually conducted by road police, highway patrols, and rapid reaction vehicles. However, with ITS, controlling traffic with AI becomes feasible, as reported by The Indian Express.

The ITS project involves several components. Firstly, optical fiber connections will be installed throughout the expressway. Secondly, control rooms will be established for traffic management and monitoring, including vehicle counts, traffic patterns, and violations. Finally, the ITS system will also be seamlessly connected and more efficient when it is combined with the current transport and toll management systems.

Despite ongoing ITS work on the Mumbai-Pune highway, incomplete tasks and continuous motorway expansion have delayed the project's operationalization. The State Transport Department has suggested installing Intelligent Traffic Management Systems (ITMS) on nine highways, covering nearly 2,000 km, at a cost of INR 100 crore.

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