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‘Need to reduce time frame in drafting DPR for road construction’

General (Retd) VK Singh stressed upon the need to reduce the time taken in drafting the Detailed Project Report for road construction
New Delhi: General (Retd) VK Singh, Minister of State (MoS) for Road Transport and Highways, stressed upon the need to reduce the time taken in drafting the Detailed Project Report (DPR) for road and highway construction. This will not only ensure faster turnaround but will also help in reducing costs, he said on Friday. Speaking at the conference on ‘New and Emerging Technologies in Road Construction,’ organised by FICCI, 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.”

Sorting the issue of DPR for road construction

He said that there has to be a better methodology, and better utilisation of all available technical details, along with the utilisation of data using drones, AI, etc in preparing the DPR for road construction. “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.

‘Need to have roads that are cheaper’

“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.

NHAI doc on using waste plastic in road construction in a month

RK 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.

‘India’s road infrastructure has seen transformational change’

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 Somany. Thanes Rajatapiti, Regional General Manage, Bitumen-Asia, Shell, said that 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. KK 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.