The Min­is­ter of Road Trans­port & High­ways, Ship­ping and Wa­ter Re­sources, River De­vel­op­ment and Ganga Re­ju­ve­na­tion

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The Na­tional High­ways Au­thor­ity of In­dia (NHAI) has con­ducted de­tailed pre-fea­si­bil­ity stud­ies for set­ting up In­ter­modal Sta­tions at Nag­pur and Varanasi, and the de­vel­op­ment of DPRs for this is in fi­nal stages of com­ple­tion. Fif­teen cities across the coun­try have been pri­or­i­tized for de­vel­op­ment of IMS of which Nag­pur and Varanasi have been se­lected as pi­lot projects. In­ter­modal Sta­tions are ter­mi­nal in­fra­struc­ture which in­te­grate var­i­ous trans­porta­tion modes like rail, road, mass rapid tran­sit sys­tem, bus rapid tran­sit, in­land wa­ter­ways , au­torick­shaws, taxis and pri­vate ve­hi­cles etc, so that peo­ple can move from one mode to an­other seam­lessly, with min­i­mum use of au­to­mo­biles. In most cities to­day, trans­port hubs like bus ter­mi­nals, rail­way sta­tions and others are lo­cated far from each other, so in­ter-modal trans­fers cre­ate pres­sure on the al­ready con­gested roads. By bring­ing the dif­fer­ent trans­port modes at one point, IMS will re­duce con­ges­tion on roads and also ve­hic­u­lar pol­lu­tion. IMS will also aid in city de­con­ges­tion by en­cour­ag­ing the use of pub­lic trans­porta­tion and by ef­fec­tively us­ing ring roads and Na­tional High­ways for en­try and evac­u­a­tion of in­ter-city bus traf­fic. In­ter­modal Sta­tions are be­ing planned in an in­te­grated man­ner along with road net­work de­vel­op­ment through new con­nect­ing roads, bridges,

fly­overs etc. The sta­tions will cater to pas­sen­ger volumes for the next 30 years and will have world-class ameni­ties like FOBs with travel­la­tors, sub­ways, com­mon wait­ing rooms, clean toi­lets and re­strooms, in­te­grated pub­lic in­for­ma­tion sys­tems, mod­ern fire-fight­ing and emer­gency re­sponse ser­vices, con­ve­nience stores, lifts and es­ca­la­tors, ad­e­quate cir­cu­la­tion space and com­mer­cial es­tab­lish­ments. Mul­ti­ple ben­e­fits ex­ist in de­vel­op­ing in­ter-modal sta­tions over stand­alone ter­mi­nals: Ag­gre­gated foot­fall: In­ter-modal sta­tions wit­ness higher foot­fall than dis­ag­gre­gated trans­port ter­mi­nals Im­proved pas­sen­ger ex­pe­ri­ence: Fa­cil­i­ties are bet­ter man­aged due to col­lab­o­ra­tion of mul­ti­ple en­ti­ties and com­mer­cial de­vel­op­ment is driven by ag­gre­gated foot­falls. In ad­di­tion, pas­sen­gers do not need to spend time and money to tran­sit be­tween ter­mi­nals. Shar­ing of re­sources: Shared in­fra­struc­ture like FOBs, wait­ing rooms, con­courses, pub­lic con­ve­niences leads to re­duced in­vest­ment and land re­quire­ment. This low­ers the in­vest­ment re­quire­ments while in­creas­ing the over­all syn­er­gies in the sys­tem De­vel­op­ment of in­ter-modal sta­tions will also give a boost to com­mer­cial de­vel­op­ment and eco­nomic ac­tiv­ity in cities, which can sig­nif­i­cantly al­ter the so­cio-eco­nomic pro­file of the de­vel­op­ment area. The im­ple­men­ta­tion and op­er­a­tion of the IMS will be done by a Spe­cial Pur­pose Ve­hi­cle (SPV) be­tween Min­istry of Road Trans­port & High­ways through Na­tional High­ways Au­thor­ity of In­dia, Min­istry of Rail­ways and re­spec­tive State Gov­ern­ments. Mem­bers of the SPV will pro­vide paid up cap­i­tal or land as part of their equity con­tri­bu­tion to the SPV. MoRTH / NHAI will fund the con­struc­tion of the ter­mi­nal in­fra­struc­ture in­clud­ing rail­way in­fra­struc­ture, ISBT, com­mon ar­eas (con­course, wait­ing rooms, and trans­port re­tail), park­ing and other sta­tion fa­cil­i­ties. In­dian Rail­ways / State Gov­ern­ment will pro­vide the land for con­struc­tion of the IMS. Con­struc­tion and O&M will be bid out to a pri­vate con­ces­sion­aire on a hy­brid an­nu­ity model (HAM). The com­mer­cial de­vel­op­ment rights will be bid out on a PPP mode, post com­mence­ment of op­er­a­tions of the IMS. The re­turns from com­mer­cial de­vel­op­ment will be used to re­cover the con­struc­tion costs.

Cab­i­net ap­proves Silk­yara Bend-Barkot Tun­nel in Ut­tark­hand as part of ‘Chard­ham Ma­hamarg Pariy­o­jana’

The Cab­i­net Com­mit­tee on Eco­nomic Af­fairs chaired by the Prime Min­is­ter Shri Naren­dra Modi, has given its ap­proval to the con­struc­tion of 4.531 km long 2-Lane Bi-Direc­tional Silk­yara Bend - Barkot Tun­nel with es­cape pas­sage in­clud­ing ap­proaches on Dha­rasu -Ya­munotri sec­tion be­tween Chainage 25.400 Km. and Chainage 51.000 Km in Ut­tarak­hand. The project will be fall­ing along NH-134 (old NH-94) in the State of Ut­tarak­hand. The project will be built un­der Engi­neer­ing, Pro­cure­ment and Con­struc­tion (EPC) Mode. This is funded un­der NH (O) Scheme of Min­istry of RT&H and forms part of am­bi­tious Chard­ham Plan. The con­struc­tion pe­riod of the project is 4 years. The civil con­struc­tion cost of the project is es­ti­mated at Rs.

1119.69 crore, while the to­tal project cost is Rs. 1383.78 crore, which is in­clu­sive of the cost to­wards Land Ac­qui­si­tion & Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and other pre-con­struc­tion ac­tiv­i­ties as well as Main­te­nance and Op­er­a­tion cost of tun­nel for 4 years. The con­struc­tion of this tun­nel will pro­vide all weather con­nec­tiv­ity to Ya­munotri, one of the dham on Chard­ham Ya­tra, en­cour­ag­ing re­gional so­cio-eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment, trade and tourism within the coun­try. It will re­duce the travel dis­tance from Dha­rasu to Ya­munotri by about 20 km and travel time by about an hour. The pro­posed tun­nel will save num­ber of trees that would have been re­quired to be re­moved in the road im­prove­ment of 25.600 km, had the orig­i­nal align­ment been fol­lowed. The project will be im­ple­mented by the Min­istry of Road Trans­port & High­ways (MoRTH), through Na­tional High­ways & In­fra­struc­ture De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion Ltd. (NHIDCL), a wholly state owned com­pany, formed in 2014 for de­vel­op­ment of high­ways in states on the in­ter­na­tional bor­ders. The project aims at con­struc­tion of 4.531 Km long two lane BiDirec­tional tun­nel (along with 328m ap­proach road) with es­cape pas­sage on Dha­rasu –Ya­munotri in the State of Ut­tarak­hand.

Shri Nitin Gadkari re­leases In­dia’s first ever High­way Ca­pac­ity Man­ual

The Min­is­ter of Road Trans­port & High­ways, Ship­ping and Wa­ter Re­sources, River De­vel­op­ment and Ganga Re­ju­ve­na­tion Shri Nitin Gadkari re­leased In­dia’s first ever High­way Ca­pac­ity Man­ual in New Delhi to­day. The man­ual, known as Indo-HCM, has been de­vel­oped by CSIR – CRRI on the ba­sis of an ex­ten­sive, coun­try-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 study 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 to be a use­ful tool for guid­ing road engi­neers and pol­icy mak­ers in the coun­try. It has been de­vel­oped based on the unique na­ture and di­ver­sity of traf­fic on In­dian roads. While coun­tries like USA, China, Malaysia, In­done­sia, and Tai­wan de­vel­oped their own High­way Ca­pac­ity Man­u­als long time back, this is the first time that the man­ual has been de­vel­oped in In­dia. Speak­ing on the oc­ca­sion Shri 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 said that In­dia ur­gently needs to catch up with the world’s best tech­nol­ogy and prac­tices be­ing used in the sec­tor so that we are able to build world class in­fra­struc­ture that is safe, cost ef­fec­tive and en­vi­ron­ment friendly. Shri 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.

The Min­is­ter of Road Trans­port & High­ways, Ship­ping and Wa­ter Re­sources, River De­vel­op­ment and Ganga Re­ju­ve­na­tion Shri Nitin Gadkari

Man­sukh Man­daviya, Union Min­is­ter of State for Road Trans­port & High­ways

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