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The National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) has directed its regional officers (ROs) and project directors (PDs) to undertake maintenance of the National Highways on top priority, considering the ensuing monsoon season. The aim is to facilitate timely action and keep the highway stretches traffic-worthy ahead of the monsoon season latest by June 30.
NHAI has issued new policy guidelines to help its ROs and PDs plan and prioritise better, and then expedite the process of highway maintenance in the desired manner. The target is to ensure thorough planning of the requisite activities and the implementation of the same in a time-bound manner.
Further, ROs of NHAI have been delegated sufficient financial powers to take quick decisions regarding maintenance activities. PDs have been advised to make assessment of the condition of highways supported by technology-driven tools like car mounted cameras, drones and network survey vehicles (NSVs) for quick identification and rectification of various highway distresses.
All field officers have been directed to adhere to the timelines, regularly monitor the progress of maintenance work and keep reporting the same to the agency at regular intervals.
NHAI will be closely monitoring the maintenance works progress through its project management Data Lake software, where pictures of before and after repair works would be uploaded, apart from other repair related information.