Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik inaugurated solar-powered smart traffic signalling system at Nicco Park Square on Sachivalaya Marg. The administration will install similar signals at 58 city intersections.
Its benefits include improvement of travel time reliability, smooth flow of traffic across intersections and faster response in case of emergencies. At present, the system is being implemented at five junctions on pilot basis. The total cost of the project stands at Rs 14.69 crore and the authorities are planning to complete it in the next 9 months. Of these, 14 will have state-of-the-art “pelican signalling systems”.
The pelican signalling system is a type of pedestrian crossing, which features a pair of poles each with a standard set of traffic lights facing the traffic, a push button and two coloured pictograms facing pedestrians from across the road. The facility also provides non-visual indication – a beep, vibrating button or tactile rotating cone – to assist visually impaired pedestrians.
Janpath, Sachivalaya Marg and Vidyut Marg are the major three junctions where the system will be made operational. Other major crossings include Chandrasekharpur Square, CRP Square, Stewart Square, DAV Square, Xavier Square, Sailashree Vihar Square, Infocity Square and KIIT Square.
The pelican crossing system was first introduced in the United Kingdom in 1969 before it was adopted in Ireland and other nations. “Pelican” stands for pedestrian light control activation. The system provides a safe, two-stage crossing for pedestrians. The system is already in operation in New Delhi.
Bhubaneswar Smart City Limited, the special purpose vehicle to execute the smart city projects, has set in motion the process of installing the modern signalling system estimated to cost Rs 12 crore. The firm has already invited bidders for the project.