Bangalore, Nov 16 (UNI) To check overloading of trucks and minimise road damage, the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) will install Weight In Motion (WIM) units at various points on the national highways.
Addressing a technical session at EXCON-2007 here, NHAI Member (Technical) Nirmaljit Singh said the NHAI, as part of modernising its toll collection system, had introduced semi-automated toll machines.
Development of roads, highways and expressways was the key to economic development, he said, adding that there was an urgent need to improve the quality of manpower and materials involved in the construction industry.
The investment in the highway sector was expected to touch 59 billion dollars by 2015 and most of the highway projects would be in Build, Operate and Transfer (BOT) basis, he said.
Emphasising the role of construction equipment in border infrastructure, Col S K Pandey from the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) said high degree of mechanisation was important while laying roads in high altitude, desert, heavy rainfall and insurgency areas.
The BRO is currently working on 30 projects and had laid 40,000 kms of roads, developed 294 major bridges and 19 airfields.
The company proposed to construct 30,000 kms of road in the next ten years, he added.