UMO Global Student Challenge 2013
The Title Of Our Solution Is “the One Way Parallel System”.
What is the identified problem?
The identified problem is the extreme congestion of traffic due to high vehicle density crossing one particular road from both sides. The road identified is Anna Salai in Chennai previously called the mount road. Around 1.83 lakh use the arterial road on a weekday. These statistics are the result of a traffic study by S.N. Bhobe & Associates, the Highways Department-appointed consultant. Anna Salai starts from the Park Town area of Chennai city where Chennai Central railway terminus is situated. It, then, traverses the Island with its statue of Sir Thomas Munro to the other side of the Cooum River before entering the neighbourhoods of Thousand Lights and Teynampet. From Teynampet, it continues straight southwards to Nandanam and Saidapet before traversing the Maraimalai Adigal Bridge across the Adyar River to Little Mount and finally, Guindy. Anna Salai is maintained by the Tamil Nadu Highways Department. The road extends for a total of 11 kilometres and traverses the heart of the city. By the 2010s, the stretch between Parry's Corner and Nandanam was used by over 16,000 vehicles during rush hour. Anna Salai is used by over 0.183 million vehicles every day. The Metropolitan Transport Corporation in Anna Salai carries about 14,000 passengers per hour per direction. The major reasons for the road’s inability to handle this traffic are the lack of planning in the allocation of traffic zones and absence of lanes to segregate the traffic. Another reason that makes the traffic problem all the more serious in this place is that the road has a lot of commercial complexes on its side and hence has continuous construction or renovation going on. The poor quality of roads too add to the woes.
Brief about Solution
There are 3 major roads that run parallel to Anna Salai in Chennai. The basic concept of our solution is to make all these parallel roads one – way. In most of the cities we have roads travelling parallel to each other. Now if traffic on one road goes from A point (The Central station) to B (Tambaram) then the traffic on the roads parallel to this road on each side should go from B (Tambaram) point to A (The Central station). Similarly the traffic on the roads that travel perpendicular to these roads must travel similarly. That is if traffic on one road travels from Point C (Beach) to point D (T.Nagar), then the traffic on the two roads parallel to this road has to travel from point D (T.Nagar) to point C (Beach). Thus traffic on every alternate road will travel in the same direction. By using this concept there is no requirement for traffic signals on the straight roads except at the junctions and also there isn't any requirement for widening of roads by racing down of the buildings or construction of grade separators. Also in addition to this, at the junction points, free lefts/rights can be provided at the junctions where the traffic is flowing in that respective direction. That is, if the traffic is flowing from A (The Central station) to B (Tambaram) and meets a junction where the traffic is flowing from C (Beach) to D (T.Nagar), then at that junction, the traffic coming from A (The Central station) can join the traffic coming from C (Beach) as free right and vice versa. Thus this will ease the flow of traffic and reduce the requirement of signals, both manual and automatic.
How well does the proposed solution enable great commuter experience?
A major facet of the traffic found in Anna Salai is that there are a variety of vehicles travelling through the road at all times. So if the proposed solution is implemented, it will effectively reduce the flow of traffic in the roads and hence ease out the travelling experience for all the commuters since it will become free flowing traffic. Also, if the traffic in Anna Salai is reduced the various link roads that pass through it will also have its traffic regularized and hence the overall congestion will reduce and there will be no traffic jams in the junction contrary to the case now. Since the proposed solution effectively reduces the traffic density in the above mentioned locality, we can also create pedestrian walks and parking spaces on the roadsides without having the risk of traffic congestion as is the present case.
How attractive is this idea for partners from transportation, business, government, non profit or other sectors to get involved?
This solution effectively solves a major traffic menace in the growing cities. It solves the problems such as irregular traffic densities hence time delays in running of public transport. If this solution is adopted, public and private transport sector can run their services without any interruption or obstacle due to traffic blocks. As mentioned earlier, we can also create parking spaces in the existing carriageway itself without any construction and hence the business sector need not spend any extra money in creating parking spaces, pedestrian walks for their client’s convenience. As far as government and non-profit sectors are concerned since this idea effectively has zero expenditure this would be a win - win situation.
Environmental impact, whether the proposed idea in predominantly service based without adding more physical structures
This idea will effectively reduce the air and noise pollution in the city by reducing the traffic density in the major arterial roads. Also, this idea does not have any component that requires maintenance or service. Hence it is an idea with zero investment and multiple returns.
Dates & Deadlines
25-Sep-2013 :Deadline for Registration
30-Sep-2013 :Deadline for submitting your projects
01-Oct-2013 :Announcement of top 50 entries
03-Oct-2013 :Deadline to entroll Techease 2013
16-Oct-2013 :Deadline for voting by friends
17-Oct-2013 :Presentation of the 50 shortlisted projects at the TechEase at IIITHyderabad
19-Oct-2013 :Announcement of the final iINNOVATE prizes and award winners
26-Oct-2013 :Winners may present at IIMBangalore at UXINDIA’13 conference