The Road To Growth 2020
Epc World|December 2019
Proactive measures, favorable policies and a renewed vigor to push the roads and highways sector is looking to create a mixed brew of opportunities in the year to come

Faster decision making and stricter monitoring is the prime focus of the government for the implementation of the roads & highways projects in the country. In a recent review meeting at the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) to review its projects across the country, Shri Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways and MSME re-emphasized on Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s stress on the need for fast growth of infrastructure. The minister emphasized upon the pressing need to develop a positive, transparent, corruption-free working system with time-bound decision making.

He further stressed on the unacceptability of Delayed decisions ‘as they lead to colossal loss of time and resources, and add to the woes of people’. According to PIB reports, he further directed regional officers to be proactive in coordinating with district officials to fast track land acquisition and other such issues. The report further states how the Minister also talked about the need to bring down construction costs through new technology and innovative means.

He said, “There is enough availability of funds for construction of national highways through various sources including long term funding from banks. However, in order to improve the economic viability of projects, it is necessary to cut down construction costs by employing new materials, innovative technology, and by fast-tracking decision making to avoid associated cost - escalation. Shri Gadkari also stressed upon the need for performance audit and said that officials must ensure that the award and construction targets for the year are fully met.

NHAI’s GIS-based Plantation Monitoring System that assigns a unique digital address to each sapling planted on a national highway, making it possible to monitor its progress and NHAI’s online Toll Remittance Management System today.

To roll out the process for having a unified electronic system across the country, several states signed MoUs to join FASTag, paving way for a common electronic tolling system across the country. MoU were also signed recently for integrating Fastag with e-Way bill system and NHAI prepaid wallet was also launched by Shri Gadkari. The Minister also stated that the Integrated Tolling System will provide seamless movement for road users and check revenue leakage at toll plazas.

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