New Delhi: To provide real-time traffic updates to commuters, the government will start Highway Radio Services on various national highways spread across 13 states.
Road transport and highways minister Nitin Gadkari said in Lok Sabha on Thursday that highway radio services has been started on the Delhi-Jaipur highway. Phase I of the pilot project on Highway Advisory Services to provide real-time traffic updates was implemented on Delhi-Jaipur NH-8 and the pilot project was implemented under the World Bank Technical Assistance programme, he added.
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During question hour, Gadkari said highway radio services would be started on various national highways spread across 13 states. “Phase II of the pilot project, which is also being funded under the World Bank Technical Assistance programme, wherein the pilot will be implemented on more stretches, has been approved," he noted.
The project’s Phase I was implemented from 10 March to 10 October last year. “Through All India Radio stations in Delhi, Alwar and Jaipur, real-time traffic updates of duration five minutes each, was provided in 18 bulletins every day. The information was provided on traffic congestion, accidents, toll plaza waiting times, weather conditions, road diversions and road safety education," Gadkari said.
He said the ministry has commissioned an independent study to evaluate the impact of the pilot project and the preliminary findings of the study are encouraging.