Union Minister Nitin Gadkari on Thursday inaugurated an efficient transport system on the Eastern Peripheral Expressway to reduce traffic woes and enhance the safety of passengers. Gadkari said there is a need to improve road engineering as about 1.5 lakh people die in 5 lakh accidents every year.
The Minister of Road Transport and Highways said at the inauguration of the Efficient Transport System (ITS), “It is a major step in the history of Indian infrastructure development.” It will achieve traffic efficiency by promoting the use of efficient infrastructure, enriching users with prior information about traffic and reducing travel time and enhancing the safety and comfort of passengers.
Intelligent Transport System (ITS) can detect any accident. It will also alert to ensure that the ambulance reaches the spot within 10-15 minutes.
He said that while the speed limit for cars on the 135-km expressway is 120 kmph, the road ministry is revising the speed limit for different categories of vehicles.
At the same time, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said that a new expressway link would be built to connect Delhi and Lucknow, which is expected to reduce the travel time between the two cities to three and a half hours. Gadkari further said that the foundation stone of the proposed new expressway link would be laid in the presence of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in the next 10-12 days. “We have planned to connect Delhi and Lucknow directly,” he said.