With a view to promote road safety and proper highway management, the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) will introduce a mobile application integrated with transport registration network in next one-two months’ time whereby people could report against any vehicle which is over-speeding or violating transport structures, informed Mr Raghav Chandra, chairman of NHAI.
“This will take may be a month or two months to create but we shall get it going and make it available to the citizens so that they can check on their mobile, may be take a photograph of the vehicle which is speeding or violating any structures relating to transport and be able to press a button and it will get registered against the name of that vehicle,” said Mr Chandra while inaugurating a national conference on ‘Roadtech: Role of new technologies & value engineering in construction, maintenance and safety,’ organised by The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM).
“All the citizen complaints about the vehicles will get registered in the ledger pertaining to that vehicle whereupon the police/transport department can take further action about it,” he added.
Highlighting that human interface pertaining to roads requires collection of data and policing, Mr Chandra also said that the highways body will soon introduce reforms for better highway network management.
“In the days to come I hope to be able to introduce reforms to bring about better management, control, policing of our highway network, I feel with more physical intermediation we should be able to bring about something like patrolling to improve the physical management on roads and I think that will have a significant improvement on road safety,” said the NHAI chairman.
Mr Chandra also said that NHAI was working towards building up a complete information of data bank of all the highways which is called the Road Asset Management System which has already been commissioned for 3,000 kilometres (kms) of roads.
“Within the next one year we should have information of the entire 1,00,000 kms of highway network on its every aspect including the encroachment on both sides, quality of the road, width of the road, width of the right of way, issues concerning with junctions and so on,” added the chief of the highways body.
The information so collected would help the NHAI to perk up condition of roads, to deal with citizens’ problems, give alerts, guidance and route traffic along different ways and do entire technological management of all the highways.
He also said that NHAI would strengthen its various institutions that are connected with road safety like the Institute of Highway Engineers, Indian Roads Congress which does the essential standardisation and planning of the standards for roads.
“Overall, with these initiatives I think in next one-two years you will be able to see a substantial and significant institutional difference in the management of roads and for bringing in an era of greater safety and citizen comfort on our roads,” further said Mr Chandra.