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The National Police Commission (NPC) said it was hoping to control the increasing levels of traffic in major cities with the help of Google Data.

At its weekly meeting last week attended by Police Chief Pujith Jayasundara, Moratuwa University's transport expert Professor Amal Kumarage presented a memorandum on how Google data could be used to resolve the mounting traffic issues.

His detailed presentation included how best to improve Transport Traffic Management in Sri Lanka, based on specially designed software and explained the magnitude of the traffic problems faced by major cities in Sri Lanka including Colombo and Kandy.

Prof. Kumarage's presentation was made on the initiative of the Committee on Motor Traffic and Tourist Police, appointed by the NPC to look into policy issues related to Traffic and the Tourist police.

The NPC said it was one of the seven committees appointed by its Chairman P.H. Manathunga in 2017 to identify and address priority areas which needed immediate intervention by the Police.

“The huge increase in the use of private vehicles and a deterioration of public transportation such as train and bus services, has led to the increase in private vehicles causing severe congestion in towns, with an increasing number of road accidents. Private vehicles not only causes traffic and vehicle accidents but also aggravate environmental problems, loss of useful man-hours and fuel. As a result, major cities would become unlivable in the near future,” the NPC said in a statement.

Prof. Kumarage underscored the fact that Transport Traffic Management in Sri Lanka could be effectively handled and coordinated with the Ministry of Transport, Provincial Transport Ministries, Traffic Police, Urban Development Authority and the Department of Motor Traffic. (Darshana Sanjeewa)

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  • Anuradha Wednesday, 20 June 2018 10:37 PM

    People are already using Google Maps to find the alternative routes and that has helped to reduce the traffic in some cases. If the Google Map is not correctly updated, it can cause huge problems. Sometimes it takes you to dead ends or in some cases it will show a very narrow roads as alternative routes, which causes traffic in these roads. This is not going to be a solution to this issue. We need to change our attitudes and we must educate people. These experts are always trying to implement what they think right based on what they have seen in other countries. We need a solution that suites to our country.

    Asi Thursday, 21 June 2018 09:45 AM

    Cops should let the Traffic lights work and for them to be there to make sure people obey the light. This will ensure the smooth flow of traffic. I have observed this every day for the past two years near the kohuwala junction. Every day when the cops are around, it is a mess. when the lights work it is smooth flow. all over this is the case.


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