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Shri Gadkari says a positive approach and fast decision making must for achieving targets



Shri Gadkari says a positive approach and fast decision making must for achieving targets



The Minister for Road Transport & Highways & Shipping Shri Nitin Gadkari has emphasized that a positive attitude, transparent working system and prompt decision making are essential for the Ministry to realize its objective of facilitating safe and seamless travel across the country . He was inaugurating a conference of Regional Officers of NHAI in New Delhi today. Shri Gadkari said that officials should try to solve problems in a proactive and positive manner within the ambit of applicable rules and regulations, and avoid unnecessary delays. He said that negative approach only leads to delay in the completion of project, and delays cause avoidable cost overruns and harassment to all stakeholders. The Minister emphasized on cooperation, coordination and communication as the key to find solutions. He stressed that there should be proper delegation of work in conformity with management best practices and effort should be on proper utilization of resources so that both time and cost of road construction can be brought down. At the outset Shri Gadkari also thanked all the officials for having contributed immensely to the country’s progress in the last two years. He added that while it was not possible to be perfect he wanted everyone to work upon their weaknesses and move forward.


 While speaking about the problem of land acquisition, he said that following the Land Acquisition Act of 2013 , though the cost of land had gone up it had made the process of acquiring land smoother due to adequate compensation. He called upon states to streamline the process of giving compensation .

 With regard to managerial skills, he emphasised to need to have appropriate persons for the appropriate job. He also said that to speed up projects, it was necessary to increase the power of R.O.s and PDs. But, he added that while he was in favour of delegating powers there was an utmost need for performance audit at various levels to check delays.

 The Minister for Road Transport also felt that there was a need to work on reducing accidents and road fatalities. The rectification work at identified black spots need to be done urgently. Shri Gadkari also said that he would like to speed up the work on road side amenities on waste lands.

 The Minister for State Shri Pon Radhakrishnan who also spoke during the inauguration said that roads are the second biggest infrastructure after power and that the hybrid annuity model could take development further. He also said that non-disbursement of funds and lack of updation of revenue records leads to delay in land acquisition.

 The Secretary for Ministry of Road Transport and Highways Shri Sanjay Mitra while addressing the gathering said that his Ministry would work hard to achieve the steep targets set for the year 2016-17. He said that efforts would be made to delegate powers so that projects could be speeded up. Besides, attention would be given to streamlining processes but only after necessary consultation.

 The Chairman for NHAI, Shri Raghav Chandra informed that during the year 2015-16, 9,285 hectares of land had been acquired. He also proposed to provide incentives to Competent Authority for Land Acquisition (CALA) and District authorities to incentivize them to speed up the process of land acquisition.

 On the occasion the Minister also released an online project monitoring system. A Compendium of Land Acquisition Circulars : Provisions and Guidelines has also been prepared and was made available to all participants of the conference.


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Training/Awareness Programmes on Traffic Management



Ministry of Road Transport & Highways (MoRTH) is sponsoring training programmes for State Transport / Traffic Department personnels to keep them abreast with developments of the road transport sector. During financial year 2015-16, MoRTH sanctioned 54 training programmes for State Transport/Traffic department personnels to be conducted through seven leading institutes of the country namely, Central Institute of Road Transport (CIRT), Pune, Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI), Pune, Engineering Staff College of India (ESCI), Hyderabad, Instiutute of Road Traffic Education (IRTE), Faridabad, Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT), Delhi, Petroleum Conservation Research Association (PCRA), Delhi and Indian Institute of Petroleum (IIP), Dehradun. The training programmes are designed in such a manner so as to give the participants exposure in all spheres of governance in road transport sector and to enable them to face the emerging challenges. Out of the fifty four programmes, one three-days training programme was conducted by CIRT, Pune on the topic ‘Road Traffic Management’. Another five-days training programme on the topic ‘Advanced Automotive Technology and Indian Road Traffic Pattern - Challenges & Opportunities’ was conducted by IIP, Dehradun during 2015-16.

 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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Four Laning of National Highway 91



Ghaziabad to Aligarh section of Ghaziabad - Aligarh - Kanpur National Highway No. 91 is in good condition and from Aligarh to Kanpur, it is being maintained in motorable condition through maintenance work.

 Out of total length of 126.30 kms of NH-91 between Ghaziabad and Aligarh, 4-laning in 121 kms has been completed.

 For 4-laning of Aligarh to Kanpur section of this National Highway, preparation of detailed project report (DPR) is in progress.

 The remaining work of 4-laning of 5.30 kms length between Ghaziabad and Aligarh is likely to be completed by December, 2016 after resolving the bottlenecks on account of availability of hindrance free land. As regards 4-laning of Aligarh to Kanpur section, it is premature to indicate the date of completion.

 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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Rest Areas on National Highways



Road Safety features and considerations are important part of Indian Roads Congress (IRC) codes and Ministry of Road Transport & Highways guidelines which are followed in design, construction & maintenance of National Highways. Road safety audits are carried out at different stages like feasibility stage, design stage, construction stage and pre opening stage for ensuring safety. Tightening of safety standards for vehicles like seat belts, Power steering, Anti-lock braking system etc., are being stipulated by Ministry for improving safety on roads including National Highways. Model driving training institutes have also been set up in states. National Road Safety Council has been constituted for taking decisions on matters of Road Safety. Similarly states have also set up State Road Safety Councils and District Road Safety Committees. Safety awareness programmes are conducted every year for educating road users.

 Ministry of Road Transport & Highways had decided to develop wayside amenities including rest area for drivers and road users. Rest area facilities are proposed to be made available under Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode for which expression of interest has been invited by National Highways Authority of India (NHAI).

 NHAI has been developing facilities like toilets at toll plazas, rest areas and truck parking locations on National Highways. In addition to above, incident management vehicles such as patrol vehicles, ambulance and crane facilities are provided on highways.

 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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Approval of Highway Projects

The number of highway projects approved by Government during the last one year are given below:
Sl. No.
State / UT
 Nos.
Length (km)
Cost (Cr)
1.
Assam
9
115.346
232.71
2.
Bihar
3
55.65
152.62
3.
Chhattisgarh
4
60.38
161.68
4.
Goa
3
13.455
2530.329
5.
Gujarat
5
92.825
499.34
6.
Haryana
4
27.97
84.37
7.
Jharkhand
1
Bridge
2.65
8.
Kerala
2
Bridge
6.04
9.
Madhya Pradesh
3
19.5
134.08
10.
Maharashtra
6
182.54
2411.84
11.
Odisha
5
196.53
433.45
12.
Punjab
4
61.94
199.46
13.
Rajasthan
4
86.26
833.57
14.
Tamil Nadu
7
64.805
1144.91
15.
Telangana
3
21
134.06
16.
Uttar Pradesh
13
406.14
2743.76
17.
Uttarakhand
11
134.93
536.09
18.
West Bengal
2
59.147
447.17
19.
NHDP-IV A
26
1369.651
13398.83
20.
NHIIP
2
285.15
1882.69
21.
SARDP-NE
2
10.19
72.9
22.
 NHIDCL
4
82.615
1230.86
23.
NHAI
87
4614.917
75354.11

Most of these projects are proposed to be implemented under Engineering, Procurement Construction (EPC) mode and Item Rate as per the project requirement. The scheduled completion time of these projects generally varies from 24 months to 36 months.
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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Public Transport Expansion in Bengaluru 



Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD) has sanctioned financial assistance for procurement of buses to the city of Bengaluru under Bus Funding Scheme sanctioned under Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission in two phases in the following manners: 

 (i) During 2008-09, MoUD provided financial assistance for procurement of 1000 buses with project cost of Rs.303.07 Cr. 100% Addition Central Assistance(ACA) i.e. Rs. 106.07 Cr. (35% of the total project cost) has been released and all the buses has been procured. The project stands completed. 

 (ii) During transition phase of erstwhile JNNURM scheme, financial assistance has been provided for procurement of 500 buses with project cost of Rs. 213.54. Out of the total ACA of Rs. 74.73 Cr, an amount of Rs. 32.03 Cr. has been released. 

 Government of India has also sanctioned Metro Rail Project of 42.3 Km with 40 Stations to Bangalore city under 1st phase with estimated cost of Rs. 13845 Cr. Considering the need for expanding MRTS in Bangalore, Government of India further sanctioned Bangalore Metro Phase-2, consisting of 4 extensions to the existing lines & 2 new lines with a total length of 72.095 km and 61 stations at an estimated cost of Rs. 26,405.14 crore. Both the above projects get aid partial Government of India financial contribution. Till date, equity of Rs.2336.86 crore, subordinate debt of Rs.1391.94 crore and pass through assistance of Rs.3918.55 crore have been released. 

 Ministry of Road Transport & Highways has sanctioned financial assistance to Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC), North Eastern Karnataka Road Transport Corporation (NEKRTC) and North Western Karnataka Road Transport Corporation (NWKRTC) under the scheme of ‘Central assistance for strengthening Public Transport System’. This Ministry has provided assistance of Rs. 5.155 crore, Rs. 2.56 crore and Rs. 4.13865 crore to KSRTC, NEKRTC and NWKRTC respectively. 

 The Government of India has undertaken a project “Security for Women in public road transport in the country”. The objective of the scheme is to ensure safety of women and girl child in public transport by monitoring location of public road transport vehicles to provide immediate assistance in minimum response time to the victims in distress. 

 The proposed scheme under the “Nirbhaya Fund” envisages setting up of a National Emergency Response System with a control room under the overall control of Ministry of Home Affairs, which will receive alerts from distressed women and take action on it. 

 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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1428 Highways to be Added in Jharkhand 



An announcement was made during visit to Jharkhand in the month of January 2016 to enhance the total length of National Highway in the State of Jharkhand. The Ministry of Road Transport & Highways has recently accorded “In Principle” approval for declaration of new National Highways for a length of 1428 Km in the State of Jharkhand and the NH may be notified subject to outcome of Detailed Project Reports (DPRs) of such stretches. 

 The existing National Highways in the State of Jharkhand are being maintained in traffic worthy condition. 


 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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