New Delhi: That day is not far when as soon as you turn to Google maps to find out options of roads for your destination, you may be offered with a choice of roads based on their ranking. Yes, because NHAI will soon begin ranking roads. In its effort to improve the quality of roads, the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) under the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has decided to undertake performance assessment and ranking of the highways in the country. The assessment audit and ranking of the National Highways (NHs) is aimed to take corrective recourse, wherever needed, to improve the quality and provide a higher level of service to highway commuters. This information has been shared by the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways in a press release on Monday.
The release further said that the assessment parameters are based on different international practices and studies for benchmarking highway performances in Indian context. The criteria for the assessment have been broadly categorised in three main heads:
- Highway Efficiency (45 percent),
- Highway Safety (35 percent) and
- User Services (20 percent)
On the basis of the outcome of the assessment, the authority will undertake a comprehensive analysis and decide on the level of intervention required to enhance the overall service quality.
Additionally, important parameters like operating speed, access control, time are taken at the toll plaza, road signages, road markings, accident rate, incident response time, crash barriers, illumination, availability of Advanced Traffic Management System (ATMS), the functionality of structures, provision for grade-separated intersections, cleanliness, plantation, wayside amenities and customer satisfaction will also be considered while conducting the assessment.
The ranking of the corridors will be dynamic and the concessionaire/contractor /operator will get the opportunity to improve upon their ranking by improving the services on that corridor. Apart from overall ranking of all the corridors, separate ranking for BOT, HAM and EPC projects will also be done. This process of ranking will bring out operational efficiency and ensure high-quality maintenance of roads.
The score obtained by each corridor in each of the parameters will provide feedback and corrective recourse for higher standards of operation, better safety and user experience to improve existing highways. This will also help in identifying and filling gaps of design, standards, practices, guidelines and contract agreements for other NHAI projects.
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