Usage of innovative technologies as well as recovered and recycled materials will enhance transparency in the sector that is often plagued by delays in decision making and thus unwanted cost escalations
In order to further fast track road construction projects across the country, Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) will be encouraging adoption of innovative technologies as well as newer materials in the sector. The ministry has already set up a national panel to undertake studies and estimate what kind of technologies are being offered by various technology promoters in the country.
Speaking at a conference ‘New and Emerging Technologies in Road Construction’ organised by FICCI, General Vijay Kumar Singh (retired), Union Minister of State for Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) said it is necessary to cut down construction costs also by fast tracking decision making, thus avoiding associated cost escalation and further improve economic viability as well as economic friendliness of the project.
Amid talks of slowing global economy, highways sector has the potential to revive growth for faster transit of goods among cities. Usage of recovered as well as recycled materials will also lead to green transport infrastructure. There is also urgent need to streamline the Detailed Project Reports (DPR) preparing process as in most cases the project reports are delayed, ill-conceived and not based on ground realities, which is causing undue delays in project execution and one of the main reasons for cost escalations, said General Singh.
By adopting newer technologies like artificial intelligence, GPS and satellite technologies with time bound decision making, will further develop a positive working system in the sector. R K Pandey, Member Projects, NHAI also stated that National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) is open to adoption of new road construction technologies provided they have good past performance record and are as per the tender specifications.