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Govt designs Highway Capacity Manual for improving & expanding road infrastructure
By TOG News Service
Feb 12, 2018

 TOG News Service, OMAN, FEB 12, 2018: THE Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways, Mr Nitin Gadkari, today released the 'Highway Capacity Manual', the first-of-its-kind nation-wide study of the traffic characteristics  on different categories  of roads like single lane, two-lane, multi-lane urban roads,  inter-urban highways and  expressways and the associated intersections on these roads. The manual was developed by the CSIR – CRRI and also involved seven academic institutions including IITs at Roorkee, Mumbai and Guwahati, School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi, Indian Institute of Engineering and Science and Technology, Shibpur, Sardar Vallabhai Patel National Institute of Technology, Surat and Anna University, Chennai.

The manual lays down guidelines for when and how to expand or manage different types of roads and their intersections and the level of services to be put in place. It is designed with the aim of being a useful tool for guiding road engineers and policy makers in the country. It was developed based on the unique nature and diversity of traffic on Indian roads. While countries like USA, China, Malaysia, Indonesia, Taiwan developed their own Highway Capacity Manuals long time back, this is the first time that the manual has been developed in India.

Addressing the gathering on the occasion, Mr Nitin Gadkari expressed hope that the long awaited manual would help in the scientific planning and expansion of road infrastructure in the country. Calling upon the scientific fraternity, as well as the designers, policy makers and executioners of highways projects the Minister stated that India needed to incorporate the world's best technology and practices being used in the sector, so as to build world class infrastructure that is safe, cost effective and environment friendly. Mr Gadkari also underscored the need to popularize the use of new material like fly-ash, plastic, oil slag and municipal waste in road construction, saying that scientists and the media should also play an active role in this regard. He also called upon researchers and engineers to expedite formulation of a good design for safe and effective speed breakers for Indian roads.