The government now has a road-checking vehicle. It is meant to check the condition of highways and predict when the next overlaying work is to be done.
Let’s take a look at how this vehicle, gadgets of which have been imported from New Zealand, checks the health of India’s highways.
Under the new programme RODMAS (road measurement and data acquisition system), the vehicle will collect data.
The vehicle is fitted with GPS, advanced lasers, automated measurement system, and HD video cameras that gauge road condition, accident prone zones, road strength, condition of bridges and culverts besides encroachment.
The data collected will help government prioritize and plan maintenance, up-gradation and expansion of certain stretches.
The pilot exercise will be undertaken as a part of the World Bank project to provide technical assistance to NHAI (National Highways Authority of India).
The survey will start with approximately 3,000 km of highways, which will include states of Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu.
The survey will also help government to estimate maintenance budget for 4-5 years in advance. According to sources, surveys will be conducted thrice in a year and should cover the entire NH network at least once in a year. The final target is to cover the entire 96,000 km of national highways.