New Delhi: With an objective to develop a robust national highways network, National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Geological Survey of India (GSI) to provide services to NHAI for site-specific geotechnical consultancy and assist in vetting of detailed project reports (DPR) from geotechnical point of view.
The MoU has been signed in presence of NHAI Chairman Santosh Kumar Yadav and GSI Deputy Director General Dr Saibal Ghosh along with other senior officials from NHAI and GSI on Wednesday.
As per the agreement, GSI will provide site specific geotechnical consultancy services related to preparation of geological map of the area providing detailed geological features, preparation of slope stability study of the road and providing necessary recommendations, identification of geologically weak zones at various sites/stretches of national highways, suggest site specific remedial measures, 3D geological logging of tunnels in the project and suggest necessary and relevant stabilization measures. In addition, GSI will also undertake detailed analysis of DPRs prepared by NHAI consultants.
According to NHAI, this unique initiative of collaboration between two government organisations to share best practices will go a long way in providing strong impetus to quality construction of national highways. It will not only help in easier operations and maintenance of the highways but will also provide smooth and seamless travel experience to the national highway users.