BTRAC was started as a five year programme (2006-2011) by the Karnataka Road Development Corporation (KRDC) to address traffic congestion in Bangalore by employing the latest traffic management technologies.
Over the years, Bangalore has witnessed a phenomenal increase in number of vehicles which has lead to problems relating to road congestion. This led to a necessary upgrade the city’s traffic management system and resulted in the creation of the Bangalore Traffic Improvement Project, B-TRAC 2010.
The project involves the use of high end technologies such as smartphones phones, surveillance cameras and backend connectivity for facilitating real time traffic surveillance and monitoring. It further involves the setting up of modern signs and road markings all across the city in an effort to improve minor road junctions to ensure safe travel. Various traffic and road safety education and training activities have also been conducted with citizens and traffic personnel throughout the city for generating awareness on traffic rules and familiarising the people to the latest technologies being adopted.
As a result of such consolidated traffic control and management effort, Bangalore today has a full-fledged traffic maintenance system. This has resulted in creating transparency in enforcing traffic rules and levying adequate and timely penalties. BTRAC has also reduced the occurrence of road accidents in Bangalore and is creating a safe road environment for commuters. In recognition of its contribution, BTRAC 2010 has been awarded the National e-Governance Award of the Union Government 2011 and the Golden Peacock award 2011 for adopting innovative technology for effective traffic management.
This case study was published in June 2012.