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Re: Indian Roads Thread

Postby Vips » 29 Mar 2022 01:43

Zojila-tunnel to Ladakh may be ready in 2025, a year ahead of sept 2026 schedule.

The final phase of the strategic Zojila tunnel project on Srinagar-Leh highway is likely to be completed in September 2025, a year before the deadline set.

The makers of the tunnel, located 3,528 metres above sea level, are hopeful that defence personnel will be able to use the tunnel in raw form by September 2024, which will allow the movement of essential supplies, artillery, arms and ammunition towards the Line of Actual Control in Ladakh, where India and China are engaged in a -off since May 2020.

The tunnels located in Sonamarg area of Ganderbal district in central Kashmir, more than 100 km from Srinagar, will provide an all-weather connectivity to Ladakh, which remains cut off from the rest of the country for four to six winter months every year.

The tunnels located in Sonamarg area of Ganderbal district in central Kashmir, more than 100 km from Srinagar, will provide an all-weather connectivity to Ladakh, which remains cut off from the rest of the country for four to six winter months every year.

The engineering team engaged in the projects said the project involves 18-km tunnels, including a 13-km single tube tunnel falling in the final phase of the project, which will connect Sonamarg to Minamarg. The project also includes a 17-km road, four bridges, three vertical shafts and associated structures.

"When the final tube of Zojila project is complete, the 32-km distance from Sonamarg to Minamarg will be covered in less than 40 minutes instead of four hours. Besides this, all-weather connectivity will immensely help the people of Ladakh and the forces deployed in the region," said Harpal Singh, project in-charge of Megha Engineering and Infrastructure Limited, which is constructing the tunnel. "We are hopeful that the tunnel will be through by September 2025, while defence can use the raw tunnel if the tension along the border continues in Ladakh till September 2024."

He said about 1,000 people worked on the project throughout the winters, despite harsh weather conditions, sub-zero temperature and no connectivity. In summer, the number of workers on the project is likely to surpass 2,000.

Singh said by November 2023, the 18-km stretch up to Baltal, including four tubes of Nilgrar tunnels, will be complete and can be put to use as well. The BJP government is pushing hard if the tension along the border continues in Ladakh till September 2024." ahead of the next parliamentary election in the country.

"Himalayas are young mountains and we could not go for a blast every day. We use the New Austrian Tunnelling method in this project. Our designers and proof consultant are from Spain," said Singh.

The project in-charge said the completion of the tunnel will help boost the economy of Ladakh and people will get all essential commodities in winters, even if there is heavy snowfall.

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Re: Indian Roads Thread

Postby Ambar » 01 Apr 2022 21:57

After fuel prices its now turn of toll prices to increase. The only good thing to come out of this spectacular increase in commuting expenses is i see more and more overweight middleaged people on bicycles these days ! Brings back memories of 1980s India, ofcourse people were much smaller and lighter then !

At a time when fuel prices have been spiralling, even road transport, particularly on national highways, is going to get expensive from April 1. According to reports, the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) will be increasing the toll tax on highways by 15%.

Revised rates have been issued for all types of vehicles plying on national highways. The toll fee will be hiked by Rs 5 to Rs 50, depending on the type of vehicle. Orders in this regard have been issued to all regional NHAI officials, finalising the new fees for the 2022-23 fiscal.



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Re: Indian Roads Thread

Postby Vips » 10 Apr 2022 04:49

Highway toll collections up 63% on year to over Rs 38,000 cr in FY22.

Toll collections through FASTags went up by nearly 67% on year to Rs 38,084 crore in FY22, in keeping with the trend of robust growth in such receipts over the last few years.

At the end of March 2021, a total of 49.5 million FASTags were issued. the figure was 31.2 million in March 2020. As per official data, as many as 270.41 million FASTag transactions were recorded in March, up 11% over February this year.

Collection of user fees on highways, both state and national highways, also went up nearly 13% to Rs 4,095 crore in March over a month ago.
In March 2021, Rs 3,086 crore was collected as toll from 193.21 million transactions.

In March 2020, there were 84.55 million FASTag transactions and `1,421 crore was collected as toll through the electronic mode of collection of user fees on highways. FASTags are used to collect toll on national highways and a few state highways where it has been implemented.

The Centre declared all lanes of fee plazas on national highways as FASTag lane with effect from midnight of February 16, 2021.
On national highways, FASTag penetration now stands at 96.5%. Around 964 toll plazas are live on FASTag now across the country.

“The rise in FASTag transactions and collection of toll points towards heightened economic activity. The collections will witness a steep increase in coming months given the significant hike in toll rates in the range of 8.4-13% with effect from April 1, 2022. Further, the increase in traffic is expected to be in the range of 5-6%,” said Icra’s Rajeshwar Burla.

The bump up in FASTag will be much more in year-on-year terms for April and May 2022 as there was an element of productivity loss in April and May 2021 due to the impact of the second wave on people movement which witnessed 10-25% drop in toll collections on a sequential basis, he said.

The rise in traffic on highways and resulting higher toll would yield well for the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) to build newer stretches and retire debt that mounted to `3.5 trillion at the end of March 2022.

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Re: Indian Roads Thread

Postby Cyrano » 10 Apr 2022 17:06

Gadkari has been betting on increased toll collection to fund road infra asset creation. Its paying off...not to mention indirect benefits in terms of increased economic activity and efficiency.

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Postby ldev » 10 Apr 2022 19:54

If you have time I suggest you watch this absolute tour de force of a presentation/speech by Nitin Gadkari, Minister for Road Transport & HIghways in Parliament in March, 2022. It is 1 hr and 20 minutes but worth watching in full. It's not just a speech but a catalogue of his Ministry's achievements under him and his road map for the future.


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Postby VinodTK » 11 Apr 2022 02:13

^^^ Extremely impressive a must watch

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Re: Indian Roads Thread

Postby Prasad » 11 Apr 2022 17:27

It is not just increased toll collection but fastag means that toll collectors no longer can avoid showing true collections since it is all digital and 1000x quicker than manual work earlier.

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Re: Indian Roads Thread

Postby viveks » 13 Apr 2022 23:09

They should also make toll cost dynamic and dependent on petrol prices. If there is price hike, toll prices should fall. IF the price goes down, then increase back the toll costs. That way they can compensate between the two.

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Re: Indian Roads Thread

Postby Cyrano » 16 Apr 2022 16:31

Why? The business model of par-per use roads will already suffer if people drive less or pool transport due to expensive fuel. On a typical 100 km+ intra-city trip which uses toll roads, fuel is a bigger cost than toll charges. Reducing toll fees will reduce collections and hurt the infra funding model even more, no ?

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Re: Indian Roads Thread

Postby Vips » 16 Apr 2022 20:01

BRO to set up new RCC units, task force for development work in Ladakh: DG

The Border Roads Organisation (BRO) will be setting up new road construction company (RCC) units and a task force for carrying out various development project work in Ladakh, Director General (DG), BRO, Lieutenant General Rajeev Chaudhary said on Friday.

This was conveyed by Lt Gen Chaudhary to Ladakh Lieutenant Governor R K Mathur when he called him at the Raj Niwas in Leh.

The BRO chief also asked the Lt Governor for the allotment of land for carrying out various project works in the Indian territory.

Lt Gen Chaudhary briefed Mathur about the BRO's ongoing project work in Ladakh, including the Hanuthang-Handanbroke-Zingpal-Turtuk road, status of the detailed project report (DPR) for Kela Pass, construction of Chushul-Demchok road and progress on the Nimoo-Padum-Darcha road on the Sino-Indian border, an official statement said.

Mathur appreciated the BRO for opening the Zoji La and Manali-Leh national highways in record time and also for working for the welfare of the labourers, it said.

The LG inquired about the time frame and challenges faced by the BRO for the completion of the Nimoo-Padum-Darcha road and also suggested that the organisation may simultaneously develop an alternate route. He also asked the BRO for improvement of the gradient of the Nimoo-Padum-Darcha road, the statement said.

Lt Gen Chaudhary also provided updates on the installation of crash barriers using steel wire ropes on roadsides to avoid accidents and setting up ‘labour sarais' with proper heating, washing, drinking and bathing facilities for labourers.

He also informed about an initiative for the establishment of cafes along the national highway in Ladakh, the statement said.

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Re: Indian Roads Thread

Postby Mort Walker » 16 Apr 2022 20:44

Could someone kindly post a map showing the 22 major expressways under construction. I can look each of them up, but it would be nice to have a map. The Ministry for Road Transport & HIghways doesn't have it on their web site - or that it is not easily found. I find this disappointing.

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Re: Indian Roads Thread

Postby M_Joshi » 17 Apr 2022 12:43

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Re: Indian Roads Thread

Postby Vips » 20 Apr 2022 04:03

The new Padam Darcha Road construction will start very soon and will be completed by Dec 2025.

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BRO will build a 4.25 Km long tunnel on Shinkun La. At 16,580 Feet, and once completed it will be the highest motorable tunnel in the world.



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Re: Indian Roads Thread

Postby Vips » 22 Apr 2022 21:03

Govt to spend 31, 000 crore, build 64 border roads and 103 bridges.

The government has proposed construction of 64 strategic roads with a total length of 3,508 km and 103 bridges in areas falling in the India-China, Indo-Pakistan and Indo-Myanmar border areas with an estimated cost of over Rs 31000 crore. Nearly three-fourth of the roads and all the proposed bridges would come up in areas close to the IndiaChina border. The proposals would be placed soon before the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) for approval, sources said.

Officials said the strategic roads, which have been identified for ‘India @75 Strategic Roads Package (ISRP)’, will also help reduce the road head
differential gap with the border as compared to neighbouring countries.

They said in Arunachal Pradesh, except for Kameng Sector, which is the border area opposite Tawang, the distance of road head from Indian
border varies from 20 km to 120 km. But in the case of China, it’s less than 8 km all along the border.

“Nearly 78% of the entire investment would be made in the projects that would be built in India-China border areas while roads proposed in India-Pakistan border areas would get another 14% of the total investment,” said a source.

Officials said the identified road and bridge projects are also aimed at improving connectivity along the border states, including Arunachal, Manipur, Sikkim, Mizoram, J&K, Ladakh, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan and Himachal Prad esh. The government has proposed to complete all these projects by March 2029, which will also enhance the operational capabilities of arm of armed forces and help accelerate socio-economic activities in these regions.

Out of the 64 road projects, 41 are proposed to be “greenfield to be built on new alignment.

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Re: Indian Roads Thread

Postby chetak » 29 Apr 2022 03:37

Due to be inaugurated in the second week of June this year


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Bundelkhand Expressway in UP (UPEIDA/Twitter)

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Re: Indian Roads Thread

Postby JTull » 21 May 2022 20:00

BRO does it again! Know more about Nechiphu Tunnel in Arunachal Pradesh

Final “break through blast” was conducted successfully by the Border Road Organisation (BRO), marking the completion of excavation work of the Nechiphu Tunnel. This tunnel is located in Arunachal Pradesh and the “break through blast” was done remotely by Director General of BRO Lt Gen Rajeev Chaudhry on Friday.

More about the Nechiphu Tunnel
Located on the Balipara-Charduar-Tawang (BCT) Road in West Kameng District, it is at an altitude of 5,700 feet, and is 500-metre-long, unique “D-shaped, Single Tube Double Lane Tunnel ”.

According to an official statement issued by BRO, the foundation stone of the project was laid by defence minister Rajnath Singh on October 12, 2020. This tunnel, equipped with modern lighting and safety facilities, is expected to accommodate two-way traffic.

There will be state-of-the-art electro-mechanical systems as well as fire fighting devices. Also, Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) controlled monitoring systems and auto illumination systems.

For safer pedestrian movement, it is expected to accommodate raised footpaths on both sides with ducts for utility lines to strengthen the civic amenities infrastructure and also power cables, optical fibre cables.

Why was this tunnel conceived?
To bypass the extreme foggy conditions around theNechiphu Pass, this tunnel was planned. Due to the fogginess, military convoys and general traffic found it hard to move.

Project Vartak
Excavation work on another strategic tunnel under Project Vartak has been completed — the Twin Tube (1,555 meter and 980 meter) “Sela Tunnel Project” on the same road.

And today’s blast marks the cumulative excavation of more than 4,500 meters, achieved in less than two years.

Once the tunnel becomes operational, the Nechiphu Tunnel and Sela Tunnel will prove all weather safe and strategic connectivity on the BCT Road. And will also help in reducing the carbon foot-print in the eco-sensitive area in the region.

Tunnel Construction
The construction which is going on is accomplished by cutting through highly fractured and fragile rock strata.

In accordance with the New Austrian Tunnelling Method (NATM), the challenges are being met through 3D monitoring and application of the desired tunnel support systems.

In the last two years the BRO has successfully executed infrastructural marvels in the most challenging areas of the country.

Tunnelling in a big way has been completed at High Altitude and Mountainous tunnels — Rohtang in Himachal Pradesh, Atal Tunnel, the Chamba Tunnel in Uttarakhand, all have already been dedicated to the nation.

Now the BRO is constructing small tunnels with the help of the manpower resources integral to the organisation.


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Re: Indian Roads Thread

Postby chetak » 19 Jun 2022 01:46

Gujarat News

India’s first three layer flyover will be inaugurated in Surat today 19 june.

BJP led Surat Municipal Corporation built this.



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Postby chetak » 21 Jun 2022 18:21

^^^^^^^


another view of the same multi-layer overbridge in Surat.


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Re: Indian Roads Thread

Postby Vips » 22 Jun 2022 03:54

Nat'l Highways to be GIS mapped by July.

The government is going all out to complete GIS mapping of national highways for better planning, execution and monitoring of the road network and timely completion of projects.

Geographic Information System (GIS) technology is expected to come to the aid of road construction agencies as it would provide detailed information on alignments and any obstruction in the path of highways.

Tasked to take up the speed of highway construction to 50 km per day, the ministry of road transport and highways (MoRTH) has asked all its field units as well as state governments to complete the GIS mapping process of the national entire highway network by 31 July.

They have been told to use the data for mapping, already gathered by the Bhaskaracharya National Institute for Space Applications, for field verification exercise.

Bhaskaracharya National Institute for Space Applications and Geo-informatics (BISAG-N), Gandhinagar, Gujarat has done GIS mapping of approximately 130,000 km of national highways. But this data now needs to be updated and verified by field units of the different agencies for the ministry.

GIS mapping makes use of satellite images but goes beyond it by analysing satellite data in order to provide authorities with an accurate picture of the project.

The National Highway Authority of India (NHAI), the prime highway executing agency, has almost completed the exercise for the NHs assigned with them with the cooperation of their field units. It is expected that once other agencies also complete the task by next month, work on new highway alignments could be started at a faster pace.

A official at MoRTH said that GIS mapping of the entire network of highways is one of the most important requirements for planning, executing and monitoring of the network and the ministry is moving at rapid pace to involve all agencies and update and verify mapping work already done by Bisag.

GIS provides agencies with tools for building resilient infrastructure for the future and supporting strategic repairs and upgrades to existing networks, the official quoted above said.

GIS maps contains a very detailed visual representation of any infrastructure facility including location, topography, facilities and structures, and images.

As these maps can easily be assessed even through mobile phones and shared, it makes the process of road construction and finalisation of highway networks easier.

MoRTH has decided to upload the entire NH network on a single unified platform irrespective of the executing agency, be it NHAI, National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (NHIDCL), Border Roads Organization (BRO) or state governments, to avoid duplication.


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