Long and winding

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 4/16/2019 12:38:54 PM IST

 Traffic congestion in Dimapur has become a big problem because of constriction on movement of vehicles which now have to ply across one bridge as against three in the past. Traffic congestion is a perennial problem faced by those living in Dimapur but has worsened after construction work started for the proposed four-lane along NH 29 between Dimapur-Kohima and Moreh. In addition, the decommissioning of two bridges has added to the worsening traffic congestion. It may be pointed out that Dimapur is bisected by Dhansiri (Dima) river and travelling between the two sections require as many bridges. Vehicles from Kohima and Imphal or those from other places outside Nagaland which all pass through Dimapur, contribute to the traffic congestion. As stated, due to the ongoing construction as well as having only one out of four bridges fully functional, traffic jams have become a regular feature. There are four bridges that interconnect both sides of Dimapur of which only two are fully functional- one near Burma Camp and the other connecting Sangtamtilla and Sovima. The old Bailey bridge connecting Purana Bazar and Walford/Naga Arcade has been dismantled and a new RCC bridge is under construction. The other pre-World War 2 bridge at Kuda village (Full Nagarjan) is under serious threat from erosion and a new bridge is being constructed adjacent to it. Both the new bridges under construction will some more months to complete. The one between Purana Bazar and Walford/Naga Arcade area will take more than one year while the other at Kuda village could take lesser time. Till then, traffic congestion will continue between two sections of Dimapur till all the bridges are fully operational. The work for the four-lane National Highway 29 which began sometime in 2017 was to have been completed by September 2019 and according to National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation (NHIDCL) the expected time of completion will now be March 2020. Some days it used to take even as long as two to three hours to travel between Dimapur to Chumukedima, a distance of around 12 kilometers. Normally, it used to take around 40 to 50 minutes. Even within the main city, sharp rise in number of vehicles, narrow roads and lack of parking spaces continue to pose a serious challenge. Though traffic jams cannot be avoided, what is also required is effective traffic management by the Traffic Police. In a majority of cases, traffic indiscipline is the main cause for traffic hold ups. A proactive involvement by the Traffic Police towards ensuring smooth movement would play an important role. The traffic scenario in Dimapur could do with centralised monitoring through CCTVs. Traffic control and monitoring using video sensors has drawn increasing attention recently due to the significant advances in the field of computer vision. The system consists of a scalable network of autonomous tracking units (ATUs) that use cameras to capture images, detect moving objects and provide results to a central sensor data fusion server (SDF). Each ATU is a powerful processing unit (PC or embedded PC), which periodically obtains frames from one of more video sensors. The video sensors are standard CCTV cameras, not necessarily of high resolution, equipped with a casing appropriate for outdoor use and telephoto lenses for distant observation. This is not a complicated system and could be considered so that Traffic personnel are constantly informed about the situation in any particular location.

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