Akhilesh Srivastava Paves the Way for Smart Highways
Posted: Apr 04, 2018
The Chief General Manager (CGM) of the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI), Akhilesh Srivastava, is transforming the Indian Highways into a smart network by supervising the construction of the NHAI’s cluster project called the Wayside Amenities (WSAs).
The Wayside Amenities project was launched to improve the commuter’s experience on national highways and modernize highway infrastructure. As part of this, the NHAI, under the leadership of Akhilesh Srivastava, is building three structures to provide basic, moderate and advanced amenities to commuters.
Wayside Amenities is facilitating amenities such as branded restaurants, ATMs, fuel stations, kiosks for sundry items, restrooms, parking lots, helipads and much more. He proposed the mega plan to be constructed as three separate sub-structures.
The Highway Nest (Mini), is the first leg of Wayside Amenities project which will provide basic civic amenities such as drinking water, ATMs, restrooms, kiosks for sundry items and packaged food, tea/coffee vending machine, etc. near toll plazas, alongside highways. Srivastava with the help of NHAI is implementing the Highway Nest (Mini) across the major national highways.
The Highway Village is the second sub-project under the mega Wayside Amenities project which is planned to be constructed on 183 sites by NHAI. Based on the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) model, Srivastava through Highway Village is planning to cater services to the highway users on the larger scale.
The Highway Nest is the third sub-structure of the Wayside Amenities project, Akhilesh Srivastava is implementing it in compliance with global standards. The Highway Village will sprawl over an even larger area when compared to the remaining two sub-structures. The Highway Nest is being constructed across 1,000 places along the National Highways.
Revolutionising the commuter’s journey on highways, redefining the way we travel, Srivastava is modernizing the highways sector in the country. The Wayside Amenities project is removing the bottleneck in the country’s arterial network and allowing seamless travel for motorists.
Complementing the Wayside Amenities project and the Government of India’s Digital India initiative, Srivastava launched a mobile highway utility application - Sukhad Yatra - for highway users. The application has built-in features that enable its users to locate nearby places, navigate through highway, pay toll fees without halting, report highway issues, and give feedback on the highways system.
Sukhad Yatra allows highway authorities to know public opinions on highways and address grievances effectively. The application enables users to pay their toll fees online without having to stop at Toll plazas.
Srivastava also is working towards the utilization of Road Asset Management software for the digital recording of road assets. Highway Web Radio, Wi-Fi connectivity, solar energy panels, green belts, and more along National Highways.
Recognising his accomplishments and contributions to the highways sector, the construction industry development council (CIDC) recently conferred on Akhilesh Srivastava the Vishwakarma lifetime achievement award.
The NHAI and its CGM have put the highways sector on fast track for building the roads of the future, and initiatives such as Wayside Amenities, Electronic Toll Collection, and Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) are paving way for smart highways in the country.
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