The road will be safe with the help of technology

Bangladesh has the highest number of road accident deaths in South Asia. 90% of accidents are caused by drivers recklessly speeding. This time, the government has taken the initiative to control the reckless speed of vehicles through the use of modern smart technology. Vehicles and drivers will be monitored in real-time using speed cameras and vehicle detection systems. As a result, accidents and fatalities will be reduced with controlled vehicle speed.

As part of a safe, reliable, and sustainable road transport system, the government has launched a new project called Intelligent Transport System to increase highway safety. This Tk 122 crore project was approved at the last Eknek meeting. Of which the government funding is Rs 38 crore and the South Korean government funding is Rs 83 crore. The project will be implemented in an area of ​​40 km from the Dhaka-Mawa highway. The roads and highways department will complete the works by 2025.

The number of vehicles on the country’s roads and highways is constantly increasing. And the mentality of reckless speeding and overtaking is growing by leaps and bounds. However, due to the lack of ability to properly monitor these controls, drivers used to walk away. This time, thanks to this project, a single monitoring network will be built on the road. By which the number of vehicles, speed, and accident information can be sent immediately to the traffic management system. A state-of-the-art traffic management center will be set up for this purpose. In this, energy efficiency measures can be taken in less time.

Regarding the project, Planning Minister MA Mannan MP said that we are not following the rules. You don’t want to follow the fixed speed limit. It has become a racial problem. So, thanks to this project, if you drive at high speed, the information will be available immediately. We will even see the photo of the driver.
67 swimming pools will be installed along the 40 km road of the project. Where there will be 24 CCTV cameras, 8 visual screens, and 7 other devices. All equipment will be available as support from Korean companies. And everything will be monitored from central Dhaka.

The main activities of the project include the preparation of a master plan using modern technology. In addition, Rs. 83 crores will be spent on the installation of DC cameras, radars, variable message signs, and vehicle identification devices and on upgrading the skills of the associated workforce. 50 km of optical fiber will cost Rs. 3 crores. Expenses for physical labor are estimated at more than Rs 5 crore. The cost of setting up the traffic center will be around Rs 3 crore. 12 crores of miscellaneous VAT and consultancy expenses are estimated to be around 10 crores.

Superintendent Engineer and Project Manager of the Department of Roads and Townships, the implementing agency for the project. Tanveer Siddique said some cameras will be installed in a certain hallway as a pilot project. Through which the speed of road vehicles, traffic jams, accidents, or any incident will be put under surveillance from a monitoring center. This immediate surveillance is called the intelligence system.

Responding to the question of what kind of actions will be taken through this system, the PD said that if anyone violates the specified speed limit, there will be a document in this traffic system. Later, this document will be sent to the designated driver as a fine by the traffic police. The superintendent engineer said that if there was a traffic jam on the road or an accident occurred, the maintenance unit on the road would be notified. They will move the car involved in an accident or work to clear the traffic jam.
The number and speed of vehicles on the Dhaka-Mawa highway have increased significantly since the Padma Bridge was commissioned. As a result, road accidents have increased at an alarming rate. Therefore, this road was chosen as the project area for speed control and monitoring.

Previously, it was decided to use this technology for the first time in the country on the Joydevpur-Rangpur road. It was planned to install 15 watchtowers on the 260 km route. This project worth Rs 190 crore was taken over last April. Moreover, a project to install this technology at four major intersections in Dhaka has not yet been completed. At a cost of Rs 52 crore, artificial growth equipment has been installed at the junctions of Gulshan-1, Mohakhali, Paltan, and Fulbaria. The connection cable to the project server was cut during the works of the municipal corporation and work is underway to replace it again. As the work was not completed on time, a proposal to extend the duration of the Dhaka Integrated Traffic System project until June 2023 has been sent to the Planning Commission.

On the other hand, over the next 10 years in Bangladesh, the use of this technology on various staged roads could cost more than 2,000,765 crores, estimated the South Korean government organization KAICA. Recently, during a press conference in a hotel in the capital, the organization gave the idea for the master plan. There, a plan to build this system on the country’s roads in three stages was presented.
Different organizations are separately undertaking projects on this technology on different routes. Engineer in this regard. Tanveer Siddique said a traffic management center is being set up to consolidate all roads under one roof. He also said that although some other roads have tried to implement it partially, a complete system is being created through this project.

A meeting of the evaluation committee of the urban planning commission took place last April regarding the project. There it is said to limit the cost of consultation to less than Rs 10 crore. A mapping is requested by the coordination to avoid the duplication of similar projects. BTRC approval is required for fiber optic laying.

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