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Re: Indian Roads Thread

Postby Suraj » 10 Dec 2020 09:53

Thanks for posting that article, disha. A very interesting read indeed. UP will far outstrip any other state including TN when it comes to expressway construction at this rate.

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Postby nachiket » 10 Dec 2020 11:22

Suraj wrote:Thanks for posting that article, disha. A very interesting read indeed. UP will far outstrip any other state including TN when it comes to expressway construction at this rate.

It is disappointing that other governments have not followed UP in creating/empowering an authority analogous to UPEIDA to boost highway development in their own states. They seem to have abandoned that responsibility to the center.

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Postby darshan » 07 Jan 2021 00:52

Gadkari Introduces Tracking System In NHAI To Eradicate Red Tape, Identify Officials Responsible For Delays
https://swarajyamag.com/insta/gadkari-i ... for-delays
Union Minister Nitin Gadkari has announced that the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) will introduce software to especially track files and to identify officials responsible for delays clearing files, ET Auto reports.
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“Red-tapism will no longer be tolerated...Delayed decision-making results in losses. To eradicate red-tapism, we will be bringing a software that will specifically detect how much time one particular official has taken in disposing of any file,” Gadkari was quoted in the report.
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Gadkari added, “As one of the biggest reforms, the NHAI has gone 'fully digital', with the launch of unique cloud-based and artificial intelligence-powered big data analytics platform - Data Lake and Project Management Software.” He mentioned that the anticipated introduction of the project management consultancy will provide amenities, forest environment clearance, land acquisition, construction, designing, road safety and other aspects of any project.
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Postby darshan » 17 Jan 2021 23:56

Record construction of 534 kilometres of National Highway in one week
https://www.deshgujarat.com/2021/01/17/ ... -one-week/
New Delhi: The Ministry of Road Transport & Highways (MoRTH) said it has created a record by constructing 534 km of National Highways (NHs) in the last week commencing 8 January.

The Ministry said it has constructed 8,169 km of National Highways (NHs) from April 2020 to 15 January 2021 in the current financial year 2020-21, i.e. with a speed of about 28.16 km per day. During the same period in the last fiscal, 7,573 km roads were constructed, with a speed of 26.11 km per day.

The Ministry said it is hopeful that with such pace it should be able to cross construction target of 11,000 km by 31 March.

The Ministry also awarded NH projects of 7,597 km during this period (April 2020 to 15 January 2021). In 2019-20, projects of 3,474 km were awarded during the same period. Thus, the pace of award has also more than doubled this fiscal.

In total, projects of 8,948 km of roads were awarded in 2019-20 while 10,237 km of roads were constructed.
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Re: Indian Roads Thread

Postby Cyrano » 18 Jan 2021 16:22

More I see Gadkari speak and act, my respect grows for him. Another true gem in NaMo's team.

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Re: Indian Roads Thread

Postby vijayk » 25 Jan 2021 18:29

Is there any site about highway and rural roads 2014 vs 2019?

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Postby vsunder » 26 Jan 2021 04:46

65% of the strategic Z-Morh( Z-bend) tunnel is excavated and the escape tunnel will be done by March. This is a strategic tunnel connecting Kargil and Srinagar. Coupled with the under construction tunnel at Zoji La, it will provide all weather connectivity between Srinagar and Leh and obviate the need of an overnight halt at Kargil to travel to Leh from Srinagar.

Se La tunnel to Tawang is also progressing well with work also starting at the South portal, till now the excavation was at the North portal.

https://www.outlookindia.com/newsscroll ... ay/2011252


CM Pema Khandu in front of the North portal in September 2020

https://www.northeasttoday.in/2020/09/0 ... ma-khandu/

The original company abandoned the Z-Morh tunnel, had to be re-tendered and re-started.

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Postby vsunder » 26 Jan 2021 20:12

Two Bridges across the Yamuna

The first bridge is under construction on one of Yogi Adityanath's flagship projects, Bundelkhand Expressway and Defence Corridor, linking Chitrakoot Dham, a pilgrimage spot in Eastern UP, through Mahoba, Jhansi and the badlands where dacoity flourished and will join the Lucknow-Agra expressway near Etawah. Bridge seems to be constructed using a coffer dam and perhaps spans will be launched by lifting completed spans into place. LA for this project was done in record time and along with Purvanchal Expressway and Gorakhpur link expressway forms a flagship project. Purvanchal expressway has been extended from Ghazipur its original terminus to Ballia on the UP-Bihar border where it will connect with a 4 lane road to Patna and so benefit better connectivity for Bihar with NCR/Delhi

https://twitter.com/811GK/status/1353733696956764162

The second bridge is the completed railway bridge across Yamuna at Kalpi about 50km from Kanpur on the Kanpur--Jhansi rail line an extremely congested single line carrying traffic to Mumbai and South India from the North and the scene of a fatal derailment at Pukhrayan about 10 km from Kalpi. The second bridge will in the future replace the current railway bridge built by the now defunct Indian Midlands Railway Company in 1883 and the new bridge is part of the ongoing Kanpur-Jhansi doubling works. Approaches to the completed new bridge are not ready on the Kalpi side though approach is ready from the Kanpur side. Doubling works Kanpur to Jhansi are going on in full swing.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kbDkyIqa2yA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C6-WLkFEezA

The railway bridge was constructed by sinking caissons and building piers and launching spans via cantilever method and launchers a slow process.

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Re: Indian Roads Thread

Postby Suraj » 30 Jan 2021 23:24

From Nitin Gadkari's Youtube site, a summary of the Delhi-Mumbai Expressway. 8 lanes, 1350km, 90,000cr, estimated readiness Jan 2023.

Currently this stretch takes 24 hours. The expressway will cut it in half to 12.

This expressway alone accounts for over 1% of India's annual cement consumption.

This is one more of the economic multipliers, along with the DFCs - it approximately throughput and halves time, which has a 5-6x economic velocity impact.

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Postby Vayutuvan » 01 Feb 2021 03:21

Once DME is done, we would be able to build others quickly due to the experience gained in this project. Indian Highway infrastructure can come close to US one in a decade if projects are implemented in parallel.

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Postby Vips » 04 Feb 2021 01:34

Patel Infrastructure sets a world record to lays record concrete in a day on Delhi-Mumbai Expressway.

With contractors laying good quality concrete for the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) at record speeds, the Road Ministry hopes to cross its construction target of 11,000 km by March 31.

Patel Infrastructure Limited – which laid 10.32 lane km of pavement quality concrete in one day on the Delhi-Vadodara-Mumbai Expressway project on February 1 – has created a World record. This feat has been recognised by both the India Book of Records and the Golden Book of World Records, according to an official statement.

An NHAI contractor has created a World Record for the laying of pavement quality concrete for a four-lane highway of 2.58 km length within 24 hours, it said.

Starting at 8 am on 1 February, 2021, the contractor finished the job, totalling 2.58 km each in four lanes – which translates to approximately 10.32 lane km by 8 am the next morning.

With a width of 18.75 meters, an area of 48,711 square meters of concrete was laid for the expressway in 24 hours. At 14,613 Cubic Meters, this was also the highest quantity of concrete laid in 24 hours, the statement added.

The record is part of the greenfield Delhi-Vadodara-Mumbai 8-lane expressway project and was carried out by the world’s largest fully automatic ultra-modern concrete paver machine.

The Ministry has constructed 8,169 km of National Highways (NHs) from April 2020 to 15 January 2021 in the current financial year 2020-21 – with a speed of about 28.16 km per day, informed the release. During the same period in the last fiscal, 7,573 km roads were constructed, with a speed of 26.11 km per day, added the release.

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Re: Indian Roads Thread

Postby Suraj » 04 Feb 2021 01:43

Very heartening to see such records . I didn't know such a thing was recorded, but it's great that infrastructure companies are projecting statements of the kind - it shows a drive towards productivity and speed. Such motivation drives innovation in rapid fixed asset construction, including in future building urban works at a rapid pace overnight so that the kind of months/years long traffic snarls are minimized.

Any information on this 'world’s largest fully automatic ultra-modern concrete paver machine' ? Just the kind of stuff we could make in numbers locally.

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Postby Vips » 04 Feb 2021 02:32

Suraj wrote:Any information on this 'world’s largest fully automatic ultra-modern concrete paver machine' ? Just the kind of stuff we could make in numbers locally.


Check this:

WIRTGEN Slipform Paver SP 1600 – the world’s largest paver - comissioned for construction of Vadodara-Kim Expressway.

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The world’s largest concrete slipform paver was comissioned at Patel Infrastructure on February 25th, 2020 for the construction of 8-lane Vadodara-Kim Expressway, a part of the Mumbai-New Delhi Expressway. The SP 1600 fully automatic slipform concrete paver has a full paving width of 18.75 mtrs, and the capacity to pave the entire width of 18.75 m at one go. There would be four such pavers working at this site.

At the inauguration of the paver, Ramesh Palagiri, Managing Director & CEO, Wirtgen India, said, “Today is a proud moment for Patel Infrastructure and the WIRTGEN GROUP with the commissioning of the 18.75 m wide single-pass paving with our SP-1600 slipform paver.We are able to exhibit our expertise in not only supplying and commissioning machines, but also in providing total solutions for both concrete and asphalt roads.”

The multipurpose SP 1600 is capable of paving motorways across the full carriageway width, industrial sites, airport runways and taxiways, or other airport areas, in single-layer or dual-layer application. The Slipform paver’s dowel bar and tie bar inserters are distinctive for their high degree of automation. Oscillating beam and super smoother, burlap and texture curing machine ensure a perfect surface finish of the completed concrete slab.

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Re: Indian Roads Thread

Postby Suraj » 04 Feb 2021 02:53

Thanks! Looks like Gadkari's Youtube has become a publicity site now:


This is really spectacular. I hope the pace of construction of this expressway inspires work on other ongoing expressway projects and new ones that are initiated.

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Postby arshyam » 04 Feb 2021 08:02

My only concern with these record-breaks is the quality. The old BLR-MAS highway via Chittoor got upgraded with concrete (using these pavers only) for a 70km stretch in AP, and the fit and finish is horrible. So much so that folks from east Bangalore still prefer to take the route via Krishnagiri despite it being longer by 40-50km. Even something as basic as the joints between the carriageway and small bridges are not aligned, forcing motorists to slow down for practically every minor bridge. In addition, being concrete and not finished well, raises concerns about tyre health and endurance as well. It's one thing to hit potholes on a macadam surface, but completely a different impact against concrete. Add highway speeds to it, and drivers have a real problem in their hands.

Concrete roads are good from a maintenance POV, but such badly done roads will only add to the existing public perception that concrete roads are not good for tyres.

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Postby Aditya_V » 04 Feb 2021 15:13

I think the other route NH 45- 100km from Chennai to Bengaluru, in the L&T maintained section 3 *2 6 lane highway has a concrete base on which Tar road is built to give it a good foundation, that is what I think is happening above, the concrete is for the base, the Tar will be laid above it.

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Re: Indian Roads Thread

Postby Suraj » 05 Feb 2021 03:46

arshyam wrote:My only concern with these record-breaks is the quality. The old BLR-MAS highway via Chittoor got upgraded with concrete (using these pavers only) for a 70km stretch in AP, and the fit and finish is horrible. So much so that folks from east Bangalore still prefer to take the route via Krishnagiri despite it being longer by 40-50km. Even something as basic as the joints between the carriageway and small bridges are not aligned, forcing motorists to slow down for practically every minor bridge. In addition, being concrete and not finished well, raises concerns about tyre health and endurance as well. It's one thing to hit potholes on a macadam surface, but completely a different impact against concrete. Add highway speeds to it, and drivers have a real problem in their hands.

Concrete roads are good from a maintenance POV, but such badly done roads will only add to the existing public perception that concrete roads are not good for tyres.

New NHAI Policy: Zero-Tolerance Towards Dodgy Contractors, Penalty Up To Rs 10 Crore And Debarment From NHAI Projects

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Road construction touches record 30 km per day: Nitin Gadkari
PTI Last Updated: Feb 04, 2021, 07:58 PM IST

NEW DELHI: Road construction has touched record 30 km per day, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari told the Lok Sabha on Thursday.............. "Today the information which I have received is that our construction record comes to 29.6 km, means 30 km per day...and this is for the first time, the highest record was achieved by NHAI (National Highways Authority of India) in the history of the country," he said.
In five years, the total road construction will match the likes of the US and the European nations. The government envisages building 34,800 km of highways at a cost of about Rs 5.35 lakh crore under the ambitious Bharatmala Pariyojna.
Until now, the contract has been awarded for 13,521 km and detailed project report (DPR) for 16,500 km is in the pipeline. Besides, bids have been invited for 4,800 km.

NHAI, he said, has also made a world record by laying down 12,500 cubic meters of concrete on a stretch of 2.54 km.

To a question about giving exemption to differently-abled persons from paying road tax, the minister said this exemption is an issue of states and 11 states have already extended this exemption. Delhi has not yet given this exemption and "I will request Delhi to give exemption in road tax to disabled people," he added.

Regarding Char Dham project, Gadkari said the ministry has taken up improvement and widening of 825 km (existing 889 km) of NHs on the route. This will provide improved and safer road connectivity from Rishikesh to Janki Chati (Yamunotri), Gangotri, Gaurikund (Kedarnath) and Mana (Badrinath) including Tanakpur to Pithoragarh section of Kailash- Mansarovar route in Uttarakhand at a cost of Rs 12,072 crore under 53 separate projects. The NH from Uttarkashi to Gangotri (94km) passes through the Bhagirathi Eco-Sensitive Zone (BESZ). No work has been sanctioned on this section till date, he said.


https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/transportation/roadways/road-construction-touches-record-30-km-per-day-nitin-gadkari/articleshow/80690998.cms?utm_source=ETTopNews&utm_medium=HP&utm_campaign=TN&utm_content=23

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Postby Mollick.R » 05 Feb 2021 16:19

Transport Ministry to now look after development of ropeway and alternate mobility solutions
By Nishtha Saluja, ET Bureau Last Updated: Feb 04, 2021, 07:06 PM IST

NEW DELHI: The ministry of road transport and highways will, from now on, also look after the development of ropeways and alternate mobility solutions, a government statement said on Thursday.

The move is expected to give a boost to the sector, by setting up a regulatory regime, and facilitating research and new technology to come into this sector.

https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/transportation/roadways/transport-ministry-to-now-look-after-development-of-ropeway-and-alternate-mobility-solutions/articleshow/80690269.cms?utm_source=ETTopNews&utm_medium=HP&utm_campaign=TN&utm_content=23

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Postby Vips » 21 Feb 2021 22:05

FASTags drive toll collections to 1-day record of Rs 102 crores.

The toll fee collections through FASTags across the National Highway network have jumped by 23% in the past four days and the amount touched Rs102 crore on Friday, the highest ever toll collection in the NHAI’s history.

Sources said the total toll collection via FASTags was around Rs 85 crore before the NHAI designated all toll lanes as FASTag lanes. Officials said that while cash transactions have fallen below 10% during this week, another reason for good revenue is plugging of leakages.

“It takes a couple of days to collate all details of cash transactions. We are hopeful of record collection of user fee as now there is no avenue for anyone to under-report the actual toll collection,” said an official. Sources said the government has also stepped up monitoring of toll plazas to see that commuters are not caught in queue even with valid FASTags.

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Re: Indian Roads Thread

Postby bharathp » 22 Feb 2021 09:32

Vips wrote:another reason for good revenue is plugging of leakages.

“It takes a couple of days to collate all details of cash transactions. We are hopeful of record collection of user fee as now there is no avenue for anyone to under-report the actual toll collection,” said an official. Sources said the government has also stepped up monitoring of toll plazas to see that commuters are not caught in queue even with valid FASTags.

all these loopholes left by previous govts to allow for corrupt practices and allow thier appointed/anointed zamindars to keep collecting monies.

there maybe a new andolan coming from these folks who lost thier toll-cut earnings

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Re: Indian Roads Thread

Postby srin » 22 Feb 2021 09:53

They need to mandate Fastag for all state highways and private expressways, beginning with NICE road of Bangalore.

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Postby Vips » 01 Mar 2021 07:25

Months after starting construction, contractor for Zojila in Jammu and Kashmir seeks alternate alignment for tunnel.

Barely months after starting the construction of Zojila tunnel in Jammu and Kashmir, the contractor has sought alternate alignment for the tunnel. It has cited difficulties in the construction on the approved alignment of the tunnel and that the new alignment will reduce the tunnel length by 1.2 km.

Sources said three months back, Megha Engineering and Infrastructure Ltd had sent a letter to the project manager of National Highway and Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd (NHIDCL) seeking the change in alignment. It said the location of the west portal (mouth of the tunnel) near Baltal area lies in avalanche zone and debris flow.

TOI has learnt that the construction major has mentioned that the burden in the initial length of the tunnel comprises boulders, cobbles, pebbles of different rock types like quartzite, limestone with clay and slip up to a depth of 100 metres. "This will make the tunnelling very difficult and time consuming. The portal layout also criss-crosses the river many times and is aligned under the river for long lengths which is likely to encounter severe problems of heavy seepages in the tunnel," the letter said.

The company has claimed the change in alignment will reduce the tunnel length by 1.2 km and will help avoid criss-crossing of the river and also reduce the length of approach road by nearly 800 metres.

Sources in the NHIDCL said giving in-principle approval for new alignment is not an issue, if it doesn’t increase the cost of the project. "Since the contractor has claimed that the tunnel will be shorter, ideally we should spend less," said an official.

The Hyderabad-based construction company had bagged the project quoting a price of Rs 4,509 crore in August last year. The 14.2 km-long tunnel which will ensure all year connectivity between Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh, had been stalled for almost six years due to various reasons.

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Re: Indian Roads Thread

Postby CalvinH » 01 Mar 2021 08:20

Another record
The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) recently completed a four-laning of the Solapur-Bijapur state highway, completing a 25.54 km single lane road in just 18 hours.


https://www.newsbharati.com/Encyc/2021/2/27/Record-Road-Construct.html

India is catching up on Infra development. Stats like this shows that we have entire chain in place from sub-systems to training.

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Re: Indian Roads Thread

Postby rajkumar » 01 Mar 2021 15:39

Vips wrote:Months after starting construction, contractor for Zojila in Jammu and Kashmir seeks alternate alignment for tunnel.

Barely months after starting the construction of Zojila tunnel in Jammu and Kashmir, the contractor has sought alternate alignment for the tunnel. It has cited difficulties in the construction on the approved alignment of the tunnel and that the new alignment will reduce the tunnel length by 1.2 km


This is quite normal for tunnels happens all the time.


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