How Shimla's 'One Minute Traffic Plan' Can Be Model For Other Hill Stations To Ease Traffic Snarls
The Shimla police have introduced the 'One Minute Traffic Plan' to ease congestion on the city's roads caused by heavy traffic flow. The previous traffic situation was causing acute congestion and took between 60 to 90 minutes for commuters to reach their destinations.
How 'One Minute Traffic Plan' Works?
The One Minute Traffic Plan sets a periodic cycle of one minute, with a ratio of 40:20 and 20:40, to release vehicles and ease congestion. Sanjeev Kumar Gandhi, the SP Shimla, stated that the traffic movement in the city has increased due to the summer season and tourist inflow. Around 6 to 7 thousand vehicles enter the city daily, with over 16 to 17 thousand vehicles entering the city from a single barrier yesterday. To equalize the flow of vehicles from different directions, the One Minute Traffic Plan has been implemented.
According to Gandhi, the traffic flow was creating acute congestion in the city, and it was taking 60-90 minutes for commuters to reach their destinations. The One Minute Traffic Plan was developed by taking the base of time, number, and space, and by removing holding and halting points from Shimla city. By setting a periodic cycle of one minute with a ratio of 40:20 and 20:40, vehicles are released, helping to decongest the city.
Gandhi stated that a large number of vehicles enter the city as traffic movement and tourist inflow increase during the summer season. To equalize the flow of vehicles from different directions, the One Minute Traffic Plan was created. Local passengers, tourists, and citizens were consulted, and stakeholders, including travel and tourism businesses, hotels, and transporters, were also consulted. According to Gandhi, 99% of people are happy with the plan, and the 1% who have problems will have them resolved.
The Shimla police were trained on the One Minute Traffic Plan, and the Victory Tunnel was made the baseline for the plan. Gandhi said that the bottleneck was being monitored, and a proposal to increase manpower has been submitted to the state police headquarters. The Victory Tunnel was able to manage 3200 vehicles in two hours, and more CCTVs will be installed at entry points.
He further said that the master control room is monitoring the situation on CCTV cameras and providing an immediate solution. The city has been divided into seven sectors, and manpower will be increased. The plan is aimed at easing and facilitating the movement of people in the city. Commuters seem to be happy with the new plan and want it to continue.
This innovative approach to managing traffic flow in Shimla could serve as a model for other hill stations struggling with congestion and traffic snarls. The One Minute Traffic Plan offers an efficient and effective way to manage traffic flow, reduce travel times, and make the city more accessible to visitors.