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Update: The Hindu : Cities / Chennai : Highways
Work is on to develop system that will integrate GIS, traffic data and road work progress |
The Highways Department is working on an application which will enable users to get all the information they need about road routes in the State. It will allow users to choose the best possible route, by displaying the traffic situation on those roads. Additionally, the application will inform the user if there is any ongoing or proposed road work on the chosen route.
Sources said the interface is a part of the Electronic Project, Administration, Traffic, Highway Assets and Information Management System (e-Pathai), which integrates GIS (Geographic Information System), road projects, human resources, finance management system and road management system. It was launched recently by the Chief Minister.
“Since our data on roads and works will get updated on a daily basis, we will be able to provide such inputs to road users. But before that, we have to update the data which has been manually collected using the Road Measurement Data Acquisition System (ROMDAS). Of the 62,017 km of roads under the control of the department, data for around 21,000 km has been recorded,” a source said. Data for all 1,300 major bridges have already been collected.
The ROMDAS equipment, imported from New Zealand, will record bumps, potholes, cracks, surface-level cross section of the road and fix GPS points. Using the data on cracks and bumps, the roughness or smoothness of the road would be estimated.
So, finally the equipment costing crores is seeing some daylight and good to see that its put to good use. Hope what is said gets implemented within useful time.