NHAI launches new website and app to rate highways, track projects

    NHAI launches new website and app to rate highways, track projects


    The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) launches a mobile application that will allow passengers to rate the national highways across the country.

    This comes in a latest move towards digitisation,

    The Chairman of NHAI Deepak Kumar said “Within two months it will be possible for the general public to rate National Highways through this website,”

    He also launched a Project Monitoring Information System (PMIS) mobile app that will facilitate close, in-house monitoring of NHAI projects on a mobile phone.

    To facilitate access, NHAI has now launched an app in coordination the Boston Consulting Group.

    The app is available in both Android and Apple versions, will be accessible to all of its officers in the field and headquarters, and will enable access to any project dashboard in just two clicks of a button.

    Here are the features of the app:

    Task Manager: In order to assign and track tasks through the organization

    Photo upload functionality: Project Directors can click photos at project site and upload the latest status on PMIS

    Check-in feature: This will ensure that every visit to a site by an RO / PD can be tracked and quick access to stalled issues, which are issues flagged with projects that have not been resolved in 30 days.

    The highway authority also plans to launch a public interface of the PMIS desktop and app versions, so that the general public will be able to view the real-time status of any project across the highway network.

    The ‘Digital India’ took to the Twitter and wrote: “Soon, rate the National Highways through the new NHAI website.”

    The NHAI website has been developed using state-of-art technologies and provides a centralized platform wherein different software and applications are stitched together and available for browsing in a user-friendly manner.

    Also, complete information about the organization, HR, projects, policies, videos and project photographs will be made available on the website.

    To maintain transparency, the information is in the public domain. Apart from this, as a single point repository of all relevant information, the enterprise applications are mapped to the website, which is for internal use of NHAI.

    To ensure timely delivery of its projects, the NHAI is now digitally monitoring them through a state-of-the-art Project Monitoring Information System (PMIS), which has been developed in-house along with The Boston Consulting Group.

    PMIS has a comprehensive database with over 180 data fields being tracked for each project.

    It has a further 500 fields specifically for complex PPP projects, covering all key progress matrics such as –

    design progress,

    contracting progress,

    construction progress,

    land acquisition,

    compensation disbursement,

    toll and traffic information and

    concession/contract information.

    An in-built algorithm automatically highlights focus projects with key pending issues, so that focused interventions for these projects can be discussed during these reviews.

     Apart from dashboards views of data, the PMIS is also enabled with Geographical Information System (GIS), which provides a geographical visualization of all NHAI projects on an India map. T

    his is a unique feature, which enables geo-visualization of projects rather than searching through a database.

    NHAI also said it will “certainly exceed” the current financial year’s target of constructing 3,500 km of highways, which may require extra expenditure.

    “Our award target is 6,500 km and construction target is 3,500 Km. We have to exceed this (target). Certainly, we will exceed this target,” NHAI Chairman Deepak Kumar said.

    The board, Kumar said, has approved the monetisation of operational highway projects. Under the scheme, nine highway projects will be auctioned by this month-end which would generate Rs 6,700 crore.

    With inputs from: Times Now

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