JMC fails to meet ITLS deadline

Has our traffic system to remain ossified and inflexible for an indefinite period resulting in the mess we occasionally are destined to witness on Jammu roads? We only choose an exit or an escape point by parking blame of the entire traffic mess on the status of roads, changing overnight or within a short period of which is difficult to be presaged, which leaves, in intent and purpose, with us the only option to use the existing apparatus with more efficiency and with introduction in the system new and scientific aides to monitor our traffic on roads ably. The Police personnel manning traffic and allied matters need to be trained intermittently to keep them abreast of the latest innovative changes concerning management of traffic system.
What role has Jammu Municipal Corporation played in making functional in given and expected timeframe, the Intelligent Traffic Light System (ITLS) in the city? The system envisages automatic reading of the volume of traffic at crossings and busy roads as also on accident prone areas and has the inbuilt system to reduce the occurrence of traffic jams. The system will be of immense utility in detection of emergency vehicles like ambulances and offer less waiting time for motorists due to fast response time and excellent performing operations during emergency situations. The project was approved for installation of Intelligent Traffic Light System in different parts of Jammu city and its immediate peripheries during the financial year 2016-17 and accordingly, Jammu Municipal Corporation was assigned the task of project monitoring . Where is the expected volume of commitment to make this much required system operational well in the very near future, if not within the timeline allotted to it? What levels of cooperation are there between concerned agencies and departments as also the required diligence in execution of this project? The answer to all these apprehensions and fears lies in focussed attention towards and involvement in the expeditious execution of the project work, even belatedly.
Have some bottlenecks and problems crept in even after the clearance of the project under AMRUT and what about the outcome of various meetings of all concerned in this regard to ensure smooth pace of work? Have problems like non availability of funds come in the way as is very often argued to be the main hindrance in almost every type of development project launched in Jammu and Kashmir? It is not, because the entire project of ITLS is funded by Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, under the prestigious Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT). The project in all, is about upgrading thirty already installed traffic signal lights and installation of new ones at thirty four more locations with CCTV cameras and control system. This was launched in the start of the year 2017 by Delhi Integrated Multi Model Transit Systems Limited (DIMTS) which is 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 districts on July 26, 2018, it was conveyed that the system would be completed by the end of August this year itself but as poor monitoring would have it, the deadline is missed again. Agreed, at 64 points these lights have been installed but half of them are not operational at all. Jammu Municipal Corporation is already not enjoying a fair image of its functioning and performance in the public and there being ample scope for improvement, it is expected that the already delayed project is completed at the earliest.