Pictured above and right: NHAI PIU office team prepare to commence the survey
IndiaRAP’s first NHAI project Star Rating 2,400 carriageway km of national highways across 3 states is underway in a bid to address escalating road deaths and injuries in recent years.
The project will assess 791 km of dual-carriageway highways in Uttar Pradesh, 188km in Tamil Nadu and 309km in Maharashtra, and identify safety treatments and Safer Roads Investment Plans (SRIP) to save lives.
IndiaRAP is working in partnership with the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) Road Safety Cell and 9 Project Implementation Units (PIU), 3 survey teams working simultaneously across the states, and 2 iRAP accredited suppliers (Indian Road Survey and Management Pvt. Ltd. and GeoVista Technologies Pvt. Ltd.)
The project, due for completion in February 2021, will involve:
- Road surveys and supporting data collection including traffic volume count, speed surveys and road crash data as available;
- The production of detailed reports for each road including assessment results and recommended safety treatments;
- Training workshops to share the findings and recommendations with NHAI; and
- Implementation support for the preparation of customized SRIPs and prioritized steps for action.
The NHAI is an autonomous agency of the Government of India, responsible for development, maintenance and management of a network of over 50,000 km of National Highways out of 1,32,500 km in India. While highways and expressways constitute only about 1.7 per cent of the length of all roads in India, they carry about 40 per cent of road traffic.
See the project announcement in The Economic Times of India.