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Need to reduce time frame in drafting Detailed Project Report (DPR) for road construction - General (Retd) V K Singh

Dec 06, 2019

NEW DELHI, 6 December 2019: General (Retd) V K Singh, Minister of State for Road Transport & Highways, today stressed upon the need to reduce the time taken in drafting the Detailed Project Report (DPR) for construction of roads and highways. This will not only ensure faster turnaround but will also help in reducing costs.


Speaking at the conference on 'New and Emerging Technologies in Road Construction', organized by FICCI, Mr Singh said, "The very first change that is needed is in the DPR itself. We need to look at the way we make our DPR. If it is going to take one year or more, I think we need to pull up our socks."


He said that there has to be a better methodology, and better utilization of all available technical details, along with the utilization of data using drones, AI, etc. in preparing the DPR. "Sorting this out must be done with experts who have technical knowledge and who can put down what is available in best possible form," he added.


General (Retd.) Singh added that very good targets have been set so that we can improve the national highway network and ensure that they also assist the economy.


"We need to have roads which are cheaper, roads which can be built faster with materials which do not denude natural resources," he said, adding that the government is open to newer technologies which can make roads cheaper and ensure that roads are laid faster.

Mr R K Pandey, Member Projects, NHAI, said that in the past 4-5 years, the NHAI has introduced a number of technologies that will ensure the reduction in cost and lead to green construction.


He said that within a month, NHAI will issue a new document on the use of waste plastics in road construction.


Mr Sandip Somany, President, FICCI, said that India's road infrastructure has seen transformational change in recent years. "Target set by Ministry of Road Transport and Highways to build 65,000 km of national highways will be a key enabler to PM Modi's vision of taking India to a $5 trillion economy by 2024-25," said Mr Somany.


Mr Thanes Rajatapiti, Regional General Manage, Bitumen-Asia, Shell, said that the roads must also get smart and future road construction will require newer technologies. Roads will be technologically enabled to generate solar energy, withstand climate change and help in gathering data on traffic movement on the roads, he added.


Mr K K Kapila, Co-chairman, FICCI Committee on Infrastructure, and CMD, Intercontinental Consultants and Technocrats P Ltd. said that we need to build roads at optimal costs and not diminish the natural resources. If we design the roads with these two objectives, we will be a better nation.


FICCI-CRISIL report 'Paving future roads for India' was also released during the event.



Highlights of the report:-


  • For road construction and development to have sustained growth, the projects should be a) environment-friendly, b) have faster construction rateand c) have a more efficient lifecycle cost management.


  • There are a number of new and emerging technologies that can help a project achieve the above three parameters.


  • Use of plastic waste in bituminous pavements has numerous advantages such as higher resistance to deformation, increased durability and improved fatigue life and better stability and strength.


  • Self-healing concrete and intelligent compaction are other emerging technologies in the area of road construction materials and machines.


  • Smart highways, intelligent transport management solutions, advanced traffic management systems, project monitoring information system, etc. are some of the notable technological developments that can improve the operations and management.


  • In order to tackle the increasing traffic load on Indian roads and to overcome various challenges such as cost overruns and new materials, processes and technologies will have to be developed further.


  • In order to bear the increasing traffic load, and to overcome various challenges such as cost overruns and congestion, the sector will have to develop new materials, processes and technologies.


  • This would require dedicated research and development by both the government and private sectors.


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