Morth: The Road To Digitisation
Express Computer|April 2019
Morth: The Road To Digitisation

The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) is implementing a number of technology led initiatives to address the issues facing internal and external stakeholders and also to improve productivity. Nitin Gadkari, Minister of Road, Transport and Highways speaks exclusively with Express Computer

Abhishek Raval

What is the role of IT at the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways?

IT is being used in majority of initiatives undertaken by the ministry. Starting from vehicle registration and driving licenses, monitoring of road construction - all are through one or more IT tools. NIC has been actively involved in many of these. Most popular and widely used are Vahaan and Sarathi. State transport departments are issuing vehicle registration certificates and driving license using these applications.

Some of the new initiatives are Bidder Information Management System (BIMS), Bhoomi Rashi, INAMPRO, INFRACON, etc. The regional officers of this ministry stationed in the capital city of states are monitoring the construction and maintenance of the national highways in the country.

How IT has been used to facilitate simplification of procedures in the road transport and highways sector in India?

There are a number of applications which are helping in simplification of procedures. The best example of this is Bhoomi Rashi. It is a portal developed by MoRTH and NIC, which comprises the entire revenue data, right down to 6.4 lakh villages. The entire process flow, from submission of draft notification by the state government to its approval by the minister of state for RT&H and publication in e-Gazette, is online. The portal, created for expediting the process of publication of notifications for land acquisition, is now being fully utilised for issuing the notifications, and more than 2,824 notifications have been issued using the portal so far. Bhoomi Rashi portal has been instrumental in reducing the time taken for approval and publication of notifications pertaining to land acquisition. INFRACON and other new initiatives like GIS of land parcel and mobile app for public view of project information and road assets will further simplify the process.

Motor Vehicles (MVL)

Two applications, Vahaan and Sarathi, have been conceptualized to capture the functionalities as mandated by Central Motor Vehicle Act, 1988 as well as State Motor Vehicle Rules with customization in the core product to suit the requirements of 36 states and UTs.

Transport Mission Mode Project – Vahaan (for vehicle registration) and Sarathi (for driving license) – has achieved 100 per cent automation of over 1100 RTOs all across the country. Almost all states and UTs are using versions of the applications developed by NIC. Almost 25 crore vehicle records and 10 crore license records are available in its central repository (National Registry). The consolidated data in State and National Registry act as the base for a large number of online citizen-centric applications and information services. As per the policy of MoRTH, online access privileges have been provided to various government and nongovernment agencies on the Consolidated Transport Databases:

-Police and security agencies (unlimited, free access)

-Banks, insurance companies (paid access)

-Other agencies (paid, limited data access)

-State governments applications (data access through web-service)

-Citizen (limited information through portal, SMS)

Transport

Public transportation serves as an economical and convenient mode of transportation for all classes of society, save fuel, reduce congestion and pollution. This is vital to economic development and social integration of the country. The State Road Transport Undertakings (SRTU) play an important role in public transportation and provide gainful employment. SRTUs are using latest technologies such as GPS/ GSM based vehicle tracking system, computerized reservation/ ticketing system, inter-modal fare integration, passenger information system, etc.

Please share the latest updates on the ERP system getting designed to integrate all systems and processes across MoRTH, NHAI and NHIDCL?

eDisha is an initiative which includes design and implementation of ERP system and its integration with multiple legacy systems developed by the ministry and its implementation agencies. There have been nearly 60 applications being used by MoRTH, NHAI and NHIDCL. Fifty per cent of the applications will get either subsumed or integrated with ERP. Post implementation, this platform will provide a single source of information related with projects where it may be in physical progress, financial progress or any project related documents. The project through all of its phases, right from conceptualization to operation and maintenance, will be managed through this platform. Various dashboards to manage the project are created as part of the project, which will help in better project management.

eDisha is being implemented through a system integrator (SI) and the releases are planned in three waves.

-Wave 1: The wave 1 has been nearly completed. This includes integration of multiple Project Management Information System (PMIS) into one PMIS, its integration with Document Management System and Road Asset Management System. As part of Wave 1, one million pages of project documents have been digitised and is now being linked to PMIS for quick online access. Helpdesk is also being set up for users of eDisha.

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