Failing to meet deadline


Establishing that there is no focus on gearing up work on the projects approved under Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transfor mation (AMRUT), Jammu Municipal Corporation has failed to meet the deadline for making functional Intelligence Traffic Light System funded by Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs. Under Urban Transport Component of AMRUT Scheme, the Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs approved the project for installation of Intelligent Traffic Light System (ITLS) in different parts of Jammu city and its immediate peripheries during 2016-17 financial year and accordingly Jammu Municipal Corporation was assigned the task of project monitoring. The work on the project aimed at upgrading 30 already installed traffic signal lights and installation of new ones at 34 more locations with CCTV cameras and control system was started in January 2017 by Delhi Integrated Multi-Modal Transit Systems Limited (DIMTS)-a joint venture of Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi and IDFC Foundation, which was selected for the execution of the project.
In the District Development Board meeting of Jammu district taken by the then Governor N NVohra on July 26, 2018, it was conveyed that Intelligent Traffic Light System will be completed by ending August 2018 but the deadline has been missed due to poor monitoring and funding was not an issue in this project as 100% earmarked money was released by the Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs well in time. It is difficult to specify time-frame for complete installation of Intelligent Traffic Light System and making it operational as it would be only after making command control room functional DIMTS will provide training to the Traffic Police personnel for proper handling,
Moreover, the ITLS will help in detection of emergency vehicles such as ambulances and alterations in signal lights accordingly to facilitate smooth passage. The new traffic light signal system will have certain benefits like less waiting time for motorists due to fast response time, excellent operations during emergency situations, increasing the traffic handling capacity and more effectively checking jamming on the roads. The failure to meet the deadline has once again put a question mark on the functioning of those at the helm of affairs in the Jammu Municipal Corporation as it was purely their responsibility to ensure fast pace work. The Jammu Municipal Corporation is already facing severe criticism for its failure to utilize large number of tractor operated sewage suction machines purchased by spending huge money under Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation and lying in the yard of Urban Environment Engineering Department (UEED) at Narwal during the past nearly two years.

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