SHRI NITIN GADKARI LAUNCHES A STATE OF THE ART INTEGRATED DATA COLLECTION SYSTEM FOR NATIONAL HIGHWAYS
Union Minster of Road Transport, Highways and Shipping, Shri Nitin Gadkari, today launched a state of the art integrated data collection system (RAMS) for compiling information of road assets, condition of the pavements and traffic through use of laser technology.
Speaking on the occasion, Shri Gadkari said RAMS was a part of Prime Minister Shri
Narendra Modi’s Digital India Initiative, and the National Highways Authority of India
(NHAI) has awarded the work to New Zealand based firm HIMS Ltd., a joint venture with Hyderabad based SATRA Infrastructure Management Services Pvt. Ltd through a global tender, which is funded by the World Bank.
The NHAI also organized a workshop on Road Asset Management System for National Highways on this occasion.
Shri Gadkari said the development of Road Asset Management System (RAMS) for the entire National Highways along with collection of requisite data over 3,000 km of the pilot road network is now underway.
He said the outcome of this project will assist in developing an accurate and scientific maintenance planning mechanism, finalizing road safety measures and development of the National Highways network in India. The data collected will be stored and managed through a web based application, which will be hosted in the public domain. The application, when fully developed can also be accessed by smart phones. Information collected from this project will be useful for Transport Ministry, Finance Ministry, NHAI, State PWDs, Police Departments, Funding agencies, Developers and Citizens. The software will be equipped to interface with the indigenous Bhuvan satellite images.
The data collection over the pilot network of 3,000 km has commenced from Nagpur on 5 May 2015 on trial basis. It is expected that 150 km will be covered in one direction per day. Complete baseline data for 3,000 km will be available by September 2015. Two years’ time series data will be collected over 3,000 km in 2016 and 2017 as part of this project. MORTH is working on a strategy to collect data for remaining 93,000 km of NHs. The data collected will be invaluable for monitoring and auditing maintenance and development work, particularly in inaccessible areas.
This World Bank funded project was awarded to M/s HIMS Limited, New Zealand in joint venture with M/s SATRA Infrastructure Management Services Pvt. Ltd, India. The state of the art equipment was imported from ROMDAS, New Zealand. The survey vehicle is equipped with three cameras including pavement view, 15 advanced Lasers and GPS connected to Gagan satellite.