Workshops across India have drawn 100 engineers and decision-makers to discuss assessment results of national highways assessed in Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu.
IndiaRAP’s first National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) project Star Rating 2,400 km of national highways in Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra is underway in a bid to address escalating road deaths and injuries in recent years. The project has assessed 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 Road Safety Cell, 4 Regional Offices and 9 Project Implementation Units (PIU) of NHAI, 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 workshops in Chennai, Lucknow and Varanasi provided stakeholders with an introduction and update on the project and shared results of assessments conducted by IndiaRAP for national highways assessed in Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. Recommended treatments for improving safety and comments shared by the project teams were also discussed.
The workshops, hosted by IndiaRAP, were attended by Regional Officers, Project Directors and Technical Staff, concessionaires, Independent Engineers, design consultants, as well as officers of Road Safety Cell from NHAI Head Office.
Hands-on experience provided in the workshops for accessing the online assessments results in ViDA will assist the implementation of the life-saving treatments.
The fourth workshop in Maharashtra will be conducted after the government lifts current COVID-19 restrictions.
Read more on the project here. 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.