Ohio planning to use camera drones to monitor highway traffic

In recent times, Drone technology is getting more popular and finding multiple usage. Now the usage of drone is not constrain to snapping fancy photographs. In fact, the recent initiative taking place in Ohio, is to promote the usage of the remotely controlled flying machines to successfully monitor traffic circumstances along a stretch of highway.

Previously, any such monitoring was task was generally conducted by fixed ground-based cameras, but it has got the limitation of providing the clear view only to certain range. Thus to overcome from such limitation, the Ohio Department of Transportation’s DriveOhio Division, the key body responsible for managing “smart mobility” creativities, has now started to work with Ohio State University’s College of Engineering on a three-year, $6-million project. With this new project, they are trying to comprehend the different functions and benefits of drones along with its usage to monitor traffic conditions. The site to perform such research is the Smart Mobility Corridor, which is a 35-mile stretch of U.S. Route 33 and has been busy hosting a range of initiatives for connected roadway infrastructure.

By performing such research, the Ohio Department of Transportation’s Traffic Management Center primarily aims to create one of its own kinds of system that would result in the proper management of data sent from drones, where it can be assessed. However, despite the usage of drones, the ground-based cameras would still be operational to provide a broad picture of every activity happening on the highway road.

These days the team is busy in conducting various prep work, which includes creation of a platform facilitating various drones to be flown beyond the operator’s line of sight. Jim Gregory, Ohio State professor and Aerospace Research Center director had given assurance that the platform will surely be able to attain its safety goals. He further added, “Our collaborative work will be a new benchmark to achieve the ultimate vision of safe flight of unmanned aircraft systems across Ohio and beyond.”

These drones would also be strategically placed at numerous points along a highway, with each one hooked up to a power cord. This would help them to fly around the clock.

In recent times, the usage of such technology has got great popularity and being used in a number of settings. Quadcopters can be seen flying over the busy roads of Bordeaux, France, where local police are making best use of this technology to trap dodgy drivers. This new Ohio’s research, also appears to be meant more toward noticing traffic jams, accidents, or any other hazards rather than going after speedsters.

Source: https://www.digitaltrends.com/cool-tech/ohio-camera-drones-monitor-highway-traffic

Gadkari aims to meet bankers to raise funding for highway projects

Transport minister Nitin Gadkari had said that very soon, he will have a meeting with top bankers to successfully solve the concern of lack of funds from banks in order to have an effective construction of highways. In the past few years, it has been noticed that the banks have not shown much interest to lend to road projects. Consequently, this has resulted in the falling of the number of public-private partnership projects.

Today, almost every highway project is being funded by the government. Nitin Gadkari, said, “Very soon I will make a presentation to chairmen of banks and will try to show the positive picture and better opportunities along with the revival of the highways sector.” He further added, “Because of our policy interventions and support to stuck projects, we have saved banks from NPAs of Rs 4 lakh crore.”

He also said that the real big challenges we are facing nowadays is the rising cost of sand plus its inaccessibility in various areas. So, he has instructed most of his officials to go ahead with the erection of bitumen road instead of concrete highways. In fact, he had asked his officials to convey the contractors to start constructing bitumen road, as it would help reduce the project cost by approximately 30%.

Apart from this, expressing concern on the high air pollution levels in Delhi, Gadkari also said that the road ministry will soon have a meeting with Delhi lieutenant governor Anil Baijal, CM Arvind Kejriwal, three mayors of the civic bodies. The meeting would also include, environment minister Harsh Vardhan, urban development minister and officials of Niti Aayog and aim to come up with a proper strategy to limit water and air pollution. He said some of the measures may primarily emphasize upon the usage of pre-cast materials for construction and using vacuum cleaners to eradicate dust from roads in addition to developing lawns.

Source: https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/economy/infrastructure/gadkari-to-meet-bankers-on-funding-of-highway-projects/articleshow/64593451.cms

Ambitious 277km Chennai-Salem Greenfield highway project under the Bharatmala Pariyojana scheme is on right pace

The National Highways Authority of India, the implementing agency expressed immense pleasure on the picking pace of the central and state governments’ ambitious 277km Chennai-Salem Greenfield highway project under the Bharatmala Pariyojana scheme. In fact, NHAI has recently published a notification for land acquisition in Tiruvannamalai district.

The notification highlights the complete preview of all the villages and land parcels through which the road would be constructed in the district. This Rs 10,000crore road primarily aims to meet a top speed of 120 km per hour and would go through 159 villages in Tiruvannamalai, Kancheepuram, Dharmapuri , Krishnagiri, and Salem districts. Agency plans to name this road NH 179 A and 179 B. Study reveals that approximately 1,900 hectares of land, which also includes 400 hectares of government poramboke land under nine forest ranges in Tiruvannamalai and Kancheepuram districts will be attained for the project. Moreover, maximum land that will be attained in Tiruvannamalai district as the road will go through 74 villages in the district.

Also, 1,306 hectares of land, in addition to government poramboke land, will also be acquired for the project in Chengam, Chetpet, Vandavasi, Polur, Cheyyar and Tiruvannamalai taluks in Tiruvannamalai district. However, as the land belongs to 7,237 people, many villages are objecting to the project. Though, the agency is assuring to compensate two to three times their land value.

The notification has been issued as per the provisions of section 3 A (Power to acquire land) of the National Highways Act 1956. As per NHAI official, “We have shared the details available for the public via advertisement as per the standard procedure and Act to notify the intent of acquiring the land for the project”.

Source: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chennai/chennai-salem-road-nhai-to-acquire-1900-hectares-of-land/articleshow/64657674.cms

Road transport and highway ministry classifies 300 NH projects for completion by March 2019

Recently, the ministry of road transport & highways has acknowledged approximately 300 projects for completion by March 2019. In fact, it is estimated that by end of this year, approximately 100 projects would be completed.

In meeting, Nitin Gadkari, Union minister of road transport & highway said that a widespread review of the various running highways projects of 20 states had happened earlier this week. The meeting organized in Goa was also joined by different senior officials of the Ministry, NHAI (National Highways Authority of India) NHIDCL (National Highways Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd), PWD Secretaries of respective states and other officials. In fact, he further added that 127 NHAI projects and 153 Ministry projects, which earlier were expected to get completed by June 2019, are now directed for expedited completion by March 2019.

Plus the creation target of NHAI for the year 2018-19 has too been revised up from 5058 km to 6000 km. Gadkari expressed assurance that the organization would surpass the estimated target. During meeting, the other most discussed topics were delay in acquisition of land, environment clearance and go-ahead permission of cutting down of trees that are resulting in the delay of highways projects

The minister also informed that in the very next meetings, the projects of Maharashtra and the North Eastern states will be reviewed. Although, Gadkari praised the performance of states especially like Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharashtra, and Andhra Pradesh that have been able to effectively sort out these issues and help expedite the highways projects. The outcome of the meeting was also that other states like Odisha and Bihar, require to significantly progress their performance in this regard.

Apart from all these, he emphasized on the requirement of systematic reviews and effective checking for the successful removing of the problems as discussed and accelerating projects all across the country. He added, the recent extensive review meetings in different states like Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Goa, Kerala and Tamil Nadu with concerned state and central officials primarily aimed to expedite projects in these states. Following the Goa review meeting, chief secretaries of all states have been asked to hold regular such review meetings as it would help in sorting the problems.

Faulty DPRs which has been counted as one of the other reasons for project delay. Consequently, it has been decided to compile a list of projects that have been delayed and simultaneously consultants involved in making faulty DPRs will be penalized.

Source: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/road-transport-and-highway-ministry-identifies-300-nh-projects-for-completion-by-march-2019-/articleshow/64624950.cms