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Highways Advisory Radio System 
Highway Advisory System (HAS) is a free-to-air information distribution system providing real-time highway traffic and information bulletin to make the travelling experience on our National Highways safer, faster and enjoyable. To begin with, HAS is going to be implemented on a pilot basis on the Delhi-Jaipur Highway. 


The salient features are real-time traffic information including any congestion and slowdown on the road, accidents and conditions of the road, disaster warning system and weather information. After the successful pilot project on the Delhi Jaipur Highway, the pan India rollout will be initiated, subject to feasibility.

This information was given by Minister of State for Road Transport & Highways, Shri Pon. Radhakrishnan in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha today. 
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Auction of Completed Highway Projects 
A proposal for monetisation of completed public funded national highway (NH) projects through Toll-Operate-Transfer (TOT) mode based on the expected collection of user fee receivables, through private sector efficiency & expertise is under active consideration in the Ministry. Proceeds from such monetisation of completed NH projects which shall accrue to the government/authority are to be utilised for construction and operation and maintenance of national highways throughout the country. The user fees shall be collected post auction by the selected concessionaire as per existing provisions of the National Highways Fee (Determination of Rates and Collection) Rules, 2008 and Amendments thereof, for a pre-determined concession period. NH Projects to be bid out under this mode will be finalised once the proposal is approved by the Government.

This information was given by Minister of State for Road Transport & Highways, Shri Pon. Radhakrishnan in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha today. 
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Accidents on National Highways 
The total number of road accidents on National Highways in the  entire country during the calendar year 2014 is 1,37,903 which accounted for a share of 28.2% in total road accidents.  
    State/UT wise details of total number of accidents on National Highways for the calendar year 2012 to 2014 is as below:





Sl. No.
States/UTs
State/UT-Wise Total Number of  Road Accidents on National Highways during
2012
2013
2014
1
2
4
5
6
1
Andhra Pradesh
12725
12131
8799
2
Arunachal Pradesh
112
116
88
3
Assam
3393
3718
3639
4
Bihar
3517
3471
3708
5
Chhattisgarh
3948
3968
3330
6
Goa
1538
1694
1687
7
Gujarat
5823
5600
5038
8
Haryana
3650
3863
3290
9
Himachal Pradesh
1186
1227
1242
10
Jammu & Kashmir
2214
2161
2040
11
Jharkhand
1896
1800
1368
12
Karnataka
13898
13678
13827
13
Kerala
9377
8921
9006
14
Madhya Pradesh
12917
13328
12726
15
Maharashtra
11805
11289
10788
16
Manipur
516
382
431
17
Meghalaya
308
199
270
18
Mizoram
62
34
55
19
Nagaland
23
30
164
20
Odisha
4043
3791
3880
21
Punjab
1994
1815
1791
22
Rajasthan
6916
6707
6991
23
Sikkim
72
122
105
24
Tamil Nadu
21262
20686
20109
25
Telangana
NA
NA
4945
26
Tripura
314
273
230
27
Uttarakhand
828
681
669
28
Uttar Pradesh
12028
8652
11157
29
West Bengal
4904
4718
4895
30
Andaman & Nicobar Islands
106
95
69
31
Chandigarh
87
32
36
32
Dadra & Nagar Haveli
0
0
0
33
Daman & Diu
0
0
0
34
Delhi
890
898
976
35
Lakshadweep
0
0
0
36
Puducherry
342
706
554

Total
142694
136786
137903
* Includes expressways






 The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has taken a number of steps to prevent   road accidents as per details mentioned under:

(i)         The Government has approved a National Road Safety Policy.  This Policy outlines various policy measures such as promoting awareness, establishing road safety information data base, encouraging safer road infrastructure including application of intelligent transport, enforcement of safety laws etc.
(ii)        The Government has constituted the National Road Safety Council as the apex body to take policy decisions in matters of road safety. 
(iii)       The Ministry has requested all States/UTs for setting up of State Road Safety Council and District Road Safety Committees, and to hold their meetings regularly.
(iv)       The Ministry has formulated a multi-pronged strategy to address the issue of road safety based on 4 ‘E’s viz. Education, Engineering (both of roads and vehicles), Enforcement and Emergency Care.
(v)        Road safety has been made an integral part of road design at planning stage.  
(vi)       Road Safety Audit of selected stretches of National Highways.
(vii)      Setting up of model driving training institutes in States and refresher training to drivers of Heavy Motor Vehicle in the unorganized sector.
(viii)     Advocacy/Publicity campaign on road safety through the electronic and print media.
(ix)       Tightening of safety standards for vehicles like Seat Belts, Power-steering, anti-lock braking system etc.
(x)        Providing cranes and ambulances to various State Governments under the National Highway Accident Relief Service Scheme for development on National Highways. National Highways Authority of India also provides ambulances at a distance of 50 Km. on each of its completed stretches of National Highways under its Operation & Maintenance contracts.
(xi)       Identification and rectification of black spots (accident prone spots)
(xii)      Launch of pilot projects for providing cashless treatment of road accident victims on Gurgaon – Jaipur, Vadodara – Mumbai stretch of National Highways No. 8 and Ranchi – Rargaon - Mahulia stretch of National Highway No. 33.

                This information was given by Minister of State for Road Transport & Highways, Shri Pon. Radhakrishnan in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha today. 

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Upgradation of Existing Highways to Express Highways 
Govt. of India had earlier approved a plan for constructing 1000 km of Expressways under NHDP Phase-VI at a cost of Rs. 16,680 cr on DBFOT basis. Following stretches have been approved for upgradation of expressways:

(i) 249 km length of Delhi-Chandigarh section on NH-1 and NH-22

(ii) 334 km length of Bangalore-Chennai section of NH-4

(iii) 261 km length of Delhi-Jaipur section of NH-8

(iv) 277 km length of Kolkata-Dhandbad section of NH-2

(v) 200 km length of Delhi-Agra section of NH-2

(vi) 400 km length of Vadodara-Mumbai corridor

(vii) 66 Km length of Delhi-Meerut expressway section of NH-24 & NH-58.

Out of 66 Km length of Delhi-Meerut expressway, Bids for Delhi-Hapur section of NH-24 has been invited in three packages with Bid Due Date of 15.12.2015.

Feasibility study of remaining projects (except Delhi-Hapur section) is in different stages. The work shall be taken up after finalization of feasibility study and completion of land acquisition activity etc.

In addition to above, Government has approved to take up one more expressway namely Eastern Peripheral expressway for a length of 135 Km in 6 packages. The construction on Eastern Peripheral Expressway has been started w.e.f 14.09.2015 (Appointed Date) with construction period of 30 months.

Other than the NHDP, many other initiatives like Bharat Mala, Sethu Bharatam, District Connectivity of unconnected districts by National Highways and regional connectivity in the North Eastern parts of the country are being taken up to boost the highways development in the country.

This information was given by Minister of State for Road Transport & Highways, Shri Pon. Radhakrishnan in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha today. 
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Expansion of National Highways in North-Eastern States 

            The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has formulated the Special Accelerated Road Development Programme for North-East (SARDP-NE), for upgradation of 10141 km road stretches of National Highways and State Roads in the year 2005-06.  Out of 10141 km of roads included under SARDP-NE, 6418 km, which inter alia includes 5219 km of NHs, has been approved by the Government for implementation under Phase ‘A’ and the Arunachal Pradesh Package of Roads & Highways. Balance 3723 km (2210 km of NH + 1513 km of State roads) has been approved only for preparation of DPR under Phase ‘B’ of SARDP-NE.  Further as part of National Highway Development Project (NHDP), Phase –II in the North East, the East-West Corridor stretching from Srirampur to Silchar in Assam of 670 km has been taken up under NHDP, Phase –II. In addition, 102 km length of NH-44 has been sanctioned during 2015-16 under NHDP, Phase-III in North Eastern States, at a cost of Rs. 479.20 crore.

            Details of work sanctioned under SARDP-NE Phase ‘A’ and the Arunachal Pradesh Package of Roads & Highways and NHDP during last three years & current year, State-wise and National Highway-wise are as below:

State
Year 2012-13
Year 2013-14
Year 2014-15
Year 2015-16

NH no.
Length
Sanct.Amount                   (in Rs crore)
NH no.
Length
Sanct. Amount                    (in Rs crore)
NH no.
Length
Sanct. Amount                    (in Rs crore)
NH no.
Length
Sanct. Amount                    (in Rs crore)
Arunachal Pradesh
-
-
-
-
-
-
52B
90.62
832.21
215
22.23
189.91
-
-
-
-
-
-
229         
43.70
547.10
513
23.38
238.46
-
-
-
-
-
-
313
19.22
155.47
313
39
516.70
Assam
154
9.75
56.39
-
-
-
37
137.33
2705.56
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
52A
10.08
223.3
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
52
82.03
1619.36
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
37A
17.3
811.28
-
-
-
-
-
-
152
29.20
33.82
38
29.36
383.18
53
10.15
72.89
-
-
-
53
14.02
52.08
53
4.77
76.78
-
-
-
Meghalaya
-
-
-
44
8.00
46.62
-
-
-
44
102.55
479.20
Sikkim
710
32.00
182.28
710
31.77
166.27
31A
5.13
24.99
-
-
-
-
-
-
31A
 -
1.34
-
-
-
-
-
-
Tripura
-
-
-
-
-
-
44
121.91
1070.23
-
-
-



            Out of 6418 km length of SARDP-NE, work for 4538 km (3862 km of NH + 676 km of State roads)  have been sanctioned at an aggregate amount of Rs. 35653 crore. Total 1800 km length,  including 1727 km length of National Highways have been completed and expenditure amounting to Rs 15013 crore have been made for works under SARDP-NE, Phase ‘A’ and the Arunachal Pradesh Package of Roads & Highways. Out of 670 km of length under NHDP Phase-II, about 580 km have been completed.

This information was given by Minister of State for Road Transport & Highways, Shri Pon. Radhakrishnan in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha today. 


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Construction Work on Jashpur-Ambikapur Road in Chattisgarh 
Widening of NH-78 (New NH-43) from Ambikapur to Jharkhand/Chhattisgarh border is proposed to be developed under NHDP-IV programme. State PWD, Chhattisgarh is preparing the Detailed Project Report (DPR). A bypass has been proposed to Pathalgaon, however no bypass has been proposed to Jashpur Town. Work for Gumla bypass has been awarded on 01/12/2015.

This information was given by Minister of State for Road Transport & Highways, Shri Pon. Radhakrishnan in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha today. 


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