Akhilesh Srivastava Receives Vishwakarma Award for Highway Modernisation
Posted: May 03, 2018
Technological interventions have the capability of driving the economic growth of a country. With the evolving array of technological reforms, every sector is gaining its pace towards the path of development. The one sector that is being extraordinarily immersed in the latest technological innovations is the national highways in India. The sector of highway operations and maintenance in India is undergoing several changes and reforms for its betterment. Successful implementation of the right innovations can create impactful results and also contributes to the overall aspect of growth and development in the country.
Akhilesh Srivastava, Chief General Manager (IT and Highway Operations) of the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI), is spearheading projects concerning the integration of technology into the highway sector in India. Owing to his contributions and achievements in the construction industry, the Construction Industry Development Council (CIDC) conferred on him the Vishwakarma lifetime achievement award in the Public Officer category in their prestigious 10th Annual Vishwakarma Awards 2018. The event was held on March 07th, 2018, in India Habitat Centre, New Delhi.
CGM Akhilesh Srivastava was bestowed on with the distinguished recognition for his innovative strides in highway operations and maintenance. The primary projects that he was awarded for include the implementation of e-Tender, e-MB, Wayside Amenities projects, FASTag Electronic Toll Collection initiative, and Incident management on the Indian national highways network. The Highway Nest and Highway Nest (Mini) are already operational across 50-plus toll plazas in India, and the count is increasing with each passing day.
Apart from this recent achievement, CGM Srivastava also is working on the integration of drones and other geospatial technology into highway operations. This will provide operators with real-time monitoring of the ongoing highway projects and improve transparency in the system. Besides that, he has been encouraging graduates and professionals in India to undergo training in geospatial technology because of the growing employment opportunities for geospatial/remote sensing engineers in the sector.
Mr Akhilesh Srivastava was also one of the panellists at the distinguished 4th Roads and Highways event which was held on April 09th – April 11th, 2018 at the Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel in Singapore. The event is in its 4th year and was conducted by the International Road Federation of Geneva in collaboration with Marcus Evans. He delivered speeches in two different time slots on the first day on the event itself. Mr Srivastava, along with two other panellists spoke on the importance of OBOR (One Belt One Road) along with the various aspects of Highway Modernisation for better effectiveness and sustainability.
Akhilesh Srivastava is a man who envisions the future of highway operations in India to be smooth and effortless without any hindrances. He is working on several initiatives and is the driving factor to the kind of changes that every Indian wants to witness in their country’s overall highway development and infrastructure. He was also the keynote speaker at one of the most prestigious international conferences addressing the issues regarding the safe transportation of the chemicals and hazardous goods along the national highways in India.
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