Road construction in India happens on a large scale. MoRTH and NHAI are the two organisations leading this progress. Over the years, India has seen a sea change in the way infrastructure projects are built. Though roads in India may not be the best as per expectations, there is an inclination to adopt new methodologies with passing time.
Ramesh Palagiri, MD & CEO, Wirtgen India, says, “In the last two years, NHIA, the contractors and consultants have been more receptive to use new technologies. Some of the new age technologies being used are soil stabilisation or recyclers as it helps reduce the quantity of aggregates needed for building roads. Second is using high compaction as on highways they help to make the shape of the road so that it leaves no water. We are also talking to authorities and customers, consultants and contractors more importantly, encouraging them to doing a two layer concreting.”
Jaikumar Kamath, head, road machinery, L&T Construction & Mining Machinery, has an interesting take. According to him, “The major challenges faced by the road sector relate to land acquisition and shifting of utilities rather than the type of machines to be used. The latest models of earthmoving equipment are already available in India - hydraulic excavators for bulk earthmoving, dozers, graders, wheel loaders, dump trucks and tippers, vibratory compactors, crushers, and asphalt pavers.”
Road construction is a complex process and technical in nature. It involves thorough planning and use of highly specialised heavy machinery. Sanjay Saxena, senior VP & head of heavy equipment business unit, Sany Heavy Industry India, says, “We have always believed in manufacturing best-in-class machines which is not only superior in quality but stands apart for its unique technical aspects. In India, we don’t seem to use asphalt mixing plant widely for road construction. This is an important machinery to manufacture asphalt concrete wherein the machine combines mineral aggregates, sand and a filler in accurate proportions, heats the mixture and then coats it with a binder.”
Technological upgrades and addition of advanced features is a perennial part of the CE industry. Sandeep Mathur, India CE brand leader, Case Construction, says, “Our products and our WCM certified world-class manufacturing facility are a testament to this. Globally, we have introduced plenty of product concepts that are loaded with advanced features like Project TETRA and our autonomous tractor concept which is a driverless, remotely controlled equipment and can increase a working day to a full 24 hours thereby increasing productivity. We also launched SiteWatch platform with an allnew dashboard, more intuitive navigation and new overview sections that highlight critical information without requiring the user to search extensively for the data.”
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