National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with 300 reputed institutes across India to adopt National Highway (NH) stretches.
About 18 Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT’s) including IIT Roorkee, IIT Bombay, IIT Varanasi, IIT Guwahati, IIT Kanpur, IIT Kharagpur have already agreed to collaborate with the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI).
Additionally, 26 National Institutes of Technology (NITs), and 190 other engineering colleges are the few participating institutes collaborating with NHAI for adoption of National Highway stretches.
Earlier, NHAI had introduced an initiative for technical institutes across the country to adopt neighboring National Highway (NH) stretches on a voluntary basis. As a result, NHAI has received an overwhelming response from various reputed institutes.
According to the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI), over 300 institutes across India are expected to collaborate to adopt National Highway stretches on a voluntary basis under institution social responsibility.
Under NHAI’s initiative, all partnership institutes are encouraged to focus on the following key areas:
- Students participating in the initiative will study improvement prospects in road safety, maintenance, removal of choke points, black spots, and ensure riding comfort.
- Institutes will present suitable suggestions to NHAI related to relevant performance parameters and innovations on an experience specific basis the local climate, topography, and resource potential for a better socio-economic outcome.
- Associating with NHAI consultants during conceptualization, design, and project preparation of new projects.
- Improving the efficiency of existing highways that includes improvements in safety provisions and localized solutions for the removal of congestion points. As a result, increasing the average traffic speed.
The authority stated that adopted stretches will be used as a field of study for students, researchers, and even faculty members to familiarize themselves with latest trends in the National Highway construction industry.