NHAI to use drones to check National Highways


Sajeev Pallath

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Kottayam: Drone surveillance will be used for inspecting construction and timely maintenance of National Highways across India. The National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) has taken the decision to ensure transparency and similarity in the construction of the NH roads.

The visuals captured by drones will be uploaded on the Data Lake portal of the NHAI. The supervision consultant who leads each project will examine the visuals and prepare monthly digital progress reports. Guidelines for executing each project will be given through the portal.

With the availability of the visuals on the portal, the NHAI and union ministry of road transport and highways will be able to evaluate the progress of any National Highway in the country.

The team leader and contractors of each project are responsible to record the visuals through the drone.

Along with this, a survey should be carried out using drones. Complete visuals will be uploaded on the Data Lake portal regularly. Hence, these visuals can be used as evidence in dispute resolution tribunals and courts.

Network Survey Vehicles on all National Highways

National Highway Authority of India will provide the service of Network Survey Vehicles (NSV) on all National Highways. This will help to examine the surface of roads.

This vehicle will be equipped with a high-resolution digital camera and laser profilometer. Laser technology will help to identify small cracks on the surface of the road. It will also help for carrying out changes on the surface, examination of maintenance works and arrangements to control accidents.

The survey results will also help in framing projects for the maintenance of National Highways.

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