The use of geosynthetics decreases initial construction cost and maintenance cost, increases the life and strength of the roads, which in turn decreases traffic congestion & saves fuel and reduces the carbon footprint.
To enhance the state's road network, the Rajasthan government will set up a regulatory body on lines of National Highways Authority of India (NHAI). The authority will be mandated to oversee the road construction and get the necessary approval for the concessionaire.
To improve road network in Maoist-hit areas in the Odisha-Andhra Pradesh border, the Odisha government has planned to convert the single-lane State highway (SH-51), connecting Laxmipur in Koraput district and Andhra Pradesh border, to double lane.
For four new mega projects of road network and sewerage system for Faridabad, the Haryana government has sought Centre's nod. The project work
is involving an estimated cost of Rs 495.13 crore. The approval has been sought under Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM). This was informed in second meeting of State-level Steering Committee on JNNURM chaired by Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda in Chandigarh on August 1.
The Union Highways Ministry has sought Rs 300 crore from the government for immediate restoration of road network in the flood devastated Uttarakhand. The cost of permanent work will be assessed later. The two worst affected stretches - Rishikesh to Mana and Rudraprayag to Gauri Kund - need Rs 30 crore each for immediate repair, according to an estimate submitted by the Border Roads Organization (BRO) to the highways ministry.
Rehabilitation of road network in natural calamity-hit Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh is continuing by the Border Roads Organisation (BRO). As per the latest figures, the BRO has pressed into service more than 120 excavators and bulldozers in the rehabilitation works. About 30 km of road in the area has to be made afresh. Around 4,000 BRO personnel and laborers are working to complete the task on war footing.
Highways will continue to be sluggish until the unattractive Phase IV projects are completed. With the road sector is poised to undergo a further change in the coming years, the industry as a whole, needs to continue tapping the advantages of road transportation more efficiently and optimally than ever before, writes Bhavik Damodar. The road transportation sector continues to struggle to cater to the countryÂ’s size and widely spread consumption hubs.