In India, there is an increasing gap between rapidly rising road transport demand and the almost stagnant road network. One of the reasons for this gap is continued inadequate funds for road construction and maintenance. This paper discusses several relevant issues and challenges. To enable a rapid rate of highway development, the existing National Highways Act, Motor Vehicles, and other supporting laws needed to be reviewed to create the desired authority. This unified authority would need to: (1) allocate land for National Highways; (2) control and manage road traffic; (3) manage and operate the highways, with sufficient powers; and (4) ensure that no fundamental access rights are infringed by road developments. Existing public agencies, responsible for maintaining and developing roads, need to be restructured. The national Road Fund needs to be properly administered. Contracts must be made uniform throughout India, to ensure rapid road development, and the Indian Roads Congress must take a lead in this process and in resolving all contract issues. To ensure rapid study, design, project preparation, and execution of road construction and works, the existing capacities of government departments, consultancies, and contractors must be raised. Projects to be handled by the private sector need to be identified.

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    Indian Roads Congress

    Jamnagar House, Shahjahan Road
    New Delhi,   India  110 011
  • Authors:
    • NARAIN, A D
  • Publication Date: 2000-1


  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 63-7
  • Serial:
    • Indian Highways
    • Volume: 28
    • Issue Number: 1
    • Publisher: Indian Roads Congress
    • ISSN: 0376-7256

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  • Accession Number: 00795065
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Jul 7 2000 12:00AM