Cops turn to Google Maps to watch traffic

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PANAJI : The Goa traffic police have started using Google Maps to monitor vehicular traffic especially during peak hours. Google Maps provides real-time traffic information and according to police officials, the technology so far has proved beneficial in managing the road traffic.

The Google Maps shows routes with colour coded lines indicating the traffic movement: green line stands for low traffic, orange (medium) and red colour indicates presence of heavy traffic.

“A small traffic control room has been set up at the traffic police headquarters, Altinho, to monitor real-time traffic movement on important routes especially during peak hours,” SP (traffic) Suman Goyal said.

“Whenever any (traffic) blockage is noticed, immediately an alert is given to the officers on the field and remedial measures are taken in least possible time,” Goyal said.

At the moment the traffic on major roads, bridges such as Zuari and Mandovi and some areas along the coast is being monitored by the traffic police using Google Maps.

“Specific areas such as Zuari and Mandovi bridges, important junctions such as Miramar, Dona Paula, Malim, Merces, tourist places and other important areas depending on situation are being monitored,” Goyal said, adding that “this system was set up a month back which  has helped in traffic regulation during the peak tourist season…”

The Goa traffic police are also making use of social media. The Facebook page of Goa traffic police is being used as a means of communication with the public.

“Regular updates on important events are given. People also post their various grievances and comments which give crucial feedback. It is desired that more and more people see this page regularly,” said Goyal.