We are also identifying the choke points in cities, places which require bypasses, flyovers, interchanges and in days to come another area of focus for us, mentioned Mr. Chandra.
“We have also introduced electronic tolling on our corridors and 365 toll plazas along national highways, electronic equipment facility is available all about 355 only about 10 are left where still using handmade devices.
He mentioned, CRRI conducted a study by collecting 70 tonnes of municipal solid waste from different locations of 5/10/15 years old from Ghazipur land fill site of Municipal Corporation of Delhi and have recommended the municipal solid waste contains about 65 to 70% of soil components which can be used in embankment construction after segregation from the municipal solid waste.
He further said, the quality of paints which are used in highways are very poor in India. In this regard, I have set up a small committee headed by Mr. Patankar to look into. We are not looking cost of the paints only but also how long the paints should last.
The Urban development in India has been good but country development is bad. The highways suffer because of the poor country planning hampering highway development, said Mr. Chandra.
We will be planting 1,000 trees per km and looking at 10 crore trees over the next seven-ten years; lot of public sector organization like a Power Finance Corporation and Coal India etc coming forward as a part of CSR to ties up with us and part of green highway initiated under the National Authority of India, said Mr. Chandra.
We have identified 184 flyovers to be done next 4-5 years, about 294 under passes, 5000 km left over service raods, 2 lakhs signage, 550 junction points etc and the work is going and I’m sure this number will keep increasing. Industry should get in involved in these areas and able to focus on them.
Others who also spoke during the conference were Mr Manoj Gupta, Managing Director, AR Thermosets Pvt. Ltd., Mr Jyoti Prakash Gadia, Managing Director, Resurgent India Ltd., Mr K.C. Mehra, Chairman, National Council on Roads & Highways, and Mr D.S. Rawat, Secretary General, ASSOCHAM.