Boat race and Traffic signal system
NEHRU TROPHY BOAT RACE
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The green protocol will be strictly enforced during the 67th edition of the Nehru Trophy Boat Race.
- The boat race will be held on Punnamada Lake on August 10.
- A total of 79 boats, including 23 sneak boats to take part in Nehru Trophy.
- Use of plastic will be completely discouraged including in the cultural procession to be organised in connection with the Nehru Trophy.
- Volunteers had been given training under the aegis of the Suchitwa Mission and Alappuzha Municipality.
- Volunteers involved in activities related to green protocol will be seen in green coloured jerseys during the event.
- Other volunteers who will help women, senior citizens and differently-abled spectator will be given different coloured jerseys too.
- Separate pavilions had been constructed for senior citizens and differently-abled spectators.
- The Champions Boat League (CBL) will also be kicked off along with the Nehru Trophy.
- The Nehru Trophy Boat Tri Raceis a popular Vallam Kali held in the Punnamada Lake near Alappuzha, Kerala, India.
- The most popular event of the race is the competition of Chundan Vallams (snake boats). Hence the race is also known as Snake Boat Racein English.
- Other categories of boats which participate in various events of the race are Churulan Vallam, Iruttukuthy Vallam, Odi Vallam, Veppu Vallam (Vaipu Vallam), Vadakkanody Vallam and Kochu Vallam.
- The Nehru Trophy Valam kali is conducted on the second Saturday of August every year and is a famous tourist attraction.
WIRELESS 3-D SMART TRAFFIC SIGNAL SYSTEM
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Mohali traffic police in Punjab have launched India’s first wireless 3-D Smart Traffic Signal System called Intelights.
- In a first-of-its-kind initiative in the country, Mohali traffic police have launched 3-D Smart Traffic Signal devised by the students of a Chandigarh university.
- It proposes a Intelligent Traffic Timer Control to regulate traffic signals with smart bird’s eye view using wireless sensor system.
- It has been installed at traffic crossing near the Airport Road in Mohali on a pilot project basis.
- It was developed as a real-time solution for defending ‘Green Corridors’ for ambulances while controlling the movement of vehicles on roads.
- The system uses existing CCTV cameras to gather live traffic video feed, and automatically evaluates the traffic density using Artificial Intelligence, and sets the signal timers accordingly.
- It has been devised by students of Chandigarh University after three years of intensive research.
- The system, which was devised by the students over three years of intensive research, was in the test trial phase for the last eight months before its final launch.
- It proposes a 360-degree solution to curb the rising problem of traffic congestion.
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