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Old July 28th, 2013, 05:43 AM   #41
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navigating-highways-to-be-a-cakewalk-soon. An app that will map all state highways

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Soon: An app that will map all state highways
Sharp curves and potholed roads may never bother Mumbaiites again.The National Safety Council's Maharashtra chapter and the State Highway Police have joined hands with a private technology firm to come up with an online navigation tool.This downloadable mobile application will map every inch of highways running through the state and warn motorists about road conditions as well as important landmarks, in advance. The app, say NSC officials,will be ready by the end of this year

The government and the highway police are finally waking up tothe appalling condition of most Indian highways. The state Highway Police and the National Safety Council are jointly developing a new online navigational tool on the lines of Google Map, which can be downloaded and accessed on most mobile phones. This will help drivers navigate highways better and know exact locations of nearest hospitals, accident-prone zones, sharp turns and other important locations.

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APP MAP: The National Safety Council and State Highway Police say the downloadable application will map every hospital, garage, eatery, phone booth and even approaching sharp turns on highways. File Pic

To make sure that this app matches up to the high standards set by Google Maps, the authorities also launched a ‘wonder car’ on Friday -- a special car fitted with cameras on all sides and a GPS on the roof. A transport expert and a civil engineer who will sit inside the car are expected to monitor driving habits of Indians on highways as well as dangerous spots, curves and other issues, while the cameras record roads as well as cars moving at 15-20 kmph.

“We have started the scientific survey on the Mumbai-Goa highway,” said Vijay Kamble, additional director general of police (Traffic), Maharashtra. Senior government officials say once they know the details of the roads along these highways, they can ask the respective government agencies to do the necessary work to make roads safer.

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By end of this year, the mother website www.getlroadsafety.in, which is already up and running, will have a link that would help motorists navigate highways, much like Google Maps. File Pic

A local navigator
By end of this year, the mother website www.getlroadsafety.in, which is already up and running, will have a link that would show the inter-city highway routes -- namely Mumbai-Goa, Mumbai-Nasik and Mumbai-Ahmedabad -- on the lines of Google Maps. The portal/application can be accessed and downloaded on android phones, laptops or even by GPS enabled vehicles while it is in motion.

Normally, these navigation sites enable people to know the route with names of areas in and around the vehicle while in motion. “But this application which is in the final stages of being developed, will show vital installations like hospitals, garages, educational institutes, hotels, restaurants and parking facilities,” said

P Masurkar, secretary, National Safety Council (Maharashtra Chapter). Perhaps equally important for motorists, the app will inform drivers about the quality and width of a road along with traffic density, upcoming intersections, nearest bridge, steepness of turns, blind spots, and accident-prone zones. It would also list exact locations and numbers of towing van operators and police stations. These will be individually marked on the route map along with the latitude and longitude of the area. A private agency called Green Earth Translogistics is developing the site.

Officials from the Central Institute of Road Transport told SUNDAY MiD DAY that the training given to most Indian drivers is insufficient, and that the RTO officials are overburdened with both issuing driving licenses as well as testing drivers. “We are working on the app and expect it to be ready by the end of 2013 after our survey on the indigenous vehicle is done,” said G Kamat, general manager (Road Safety), Green Earth Translogistics Pvt Ltd.

How to access the app
once you log on to the website (detailed work is still being carried out) on any android phone, a laptop or on a car GPS, it will open a navigational route showing the starting point of the route along with medium and low risk road stretches along the route. There will also be important installations like hospitals, blood banks, garages, repair centres and helpline numbers. It will warn motorists about an approaching destination 500 meters before arrival.
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Found this on NHAI website

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13 Short Term Improvements & Routine Maintenance of SH-54 from Km 6.400 to Km 14.500 and Amra Marg including Six lane major Bridge across Panvel creek (Belapur – Gavan Phata) in the State of Maharashtra.

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What's the status on the Panvel Indapur four laning on NH 66?
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10 months after collapse, Mahad bridge opens today


Almost 10 months after a bridge over river Savitri in Mahad taluka of Raigad district collapsed on August 2 last year, a new structure will be inaugurated on Monday . The highways ministry and the state public works department have set a record of building a three-lane bridge over a river in just 165 days.
The new bridge that will be thrown open for public use has been built alongside the British-era bridge that was washed away during the rains last year.

Besides this bridge, projects worth more than Rs 4,500 crore will be launched on Monday . The foundation stone laying ceremony will be at the hands of chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, Union surface transport and highways and shipping minister Nitin Gadkari and railway minister Suresh Prabhu, heavy industries minister Anant Geete. The other projects which are to be inaugurated include three packages in the Raigad section of Mumbai-Goa highway worth Rs 3,812 crore besides a slew of other infrastructure projects. The total worth of works is pegged at more than Rs 4,500 crore.

An official from the public works department said, “Three packages for four-laning work on the Mumbai Goa highway in Raigad district will be launched.“ Mahad resident Chandrakant Kokane said that once the work begins along the various stretches, it will reduce traffic along the highway . “But it will also boost employment for the locals.Farmers from underdeveloped areas can set up small businesses,“ he said.

The official said that various state highway repairing and construction works will also see the light of the day with the foundation stone-laying works proposed.



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Old June 20th, 2017, 03:53 AM   #46
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State extends toll at three posts by up to 29 years to fund projects

No Relief At BWSL, Vashi And E-Way Collection Points
The government has decided to extend toll collection at three posts in and around the city by up to 29 years to fund new infrastructure projects.
Increasing the burden on citizens, the Bandra-Worli Sea Link (BWSL) toll will now continue till 2068 to fund the Bandra-Versova sea link, the Vashi toll will run till 2038 to recover funds spent on widening the bridge over the creek, and the Pune Expressway toll will have to be paid till 2045 for a tunnel through the Lonavla-Khandala ghats (see box).

The state government's cabinet sub-committee on infrastructure, which is led by chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, recently allowed MSRDC to recover the additional toll. It also approved a six-lane expansion of the 30-km Mumbra bypass (Shilphata) to Kalyan up to the Nashik highway . For this, citizens will have to pay a toll -which was scrapped in 2016 following the decision to wind up around 60 toll posts across the state -till beyond 2040, sources said. The toll will start once 70% of the project is complete.

The cost of the 16-km tunnel expressway bypass is pegged at around Rs 4,800 crore, the 12-lane Vashi creek bridge expansion at about Rs 777 crore and the Bandra-Versova sea link at Rs 7,502 crore. The Bandra-Versova sea link project has received all the required approvals, including the crucial CRZ and environmental clearances. In the se cond bidding for the bridge, five firms, including China Harbor Engineering, Reliance Infra, HCC, Hyundai and L&T, with their respective partners have qualified in the technical round. The final bidding is expected in a month or two.

The initial toll period of the BWSL was till 2020, but already an extension has been granted till 2039 to recover the cost of the city's first sea link. If the initial date is taken into account, toll is being extended by a mind boggling 48 years.

On the Mumbai-Pune Expressway , the collection of toll is already extended till 2030 to recover the cost of about Rs 2,500 crore. The existing collection contract with IRB ends in 2019. Thereafter, MSRDC may appoint another contractor or collect toll itself till the extended period of 2045.

Going by the toll, the per km cost of toll on the expressway stands at around Rs 2.40 now.Going by this rate, the toll on the proposed Mumbai-Nagpur super-expressway could be at least Rs 1,200-1,800 one way , said sources. Ahead of the CM's pet project, the state allowed expansion of the Shilphata-Kalyan road to improve connectivity to the Nagpur expressway .

Shot in arm for MSRDC

The debt-ridden Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC), the infrastructure arm of the state government, has got a shot in the arm. Around 5.3 acres abutting the BWSL on which MSRDC's office is located is now officially owned by the company . Earlier, it was leased to MSRDC by the PWD.

Since the valuation of the land is worth around Rs 34,000 crore, the number of companies approaching MSRDC for various projects has gone up.That's because MSRDC, which is facing losses of over Rs 4,000 crore, can now show this land as its asset.

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It seems paradoxical that the state has Rs 30,000 crore to spare for a loan waiver for farmers, but needs to levy toll indefinitely on virtually every big road project in the metropolitan area. The answer, obviously, lies in the politics of vote banks. Motorists are seen to be an elite class who do not even constitute a pressure group that can influence the outcome of a poll. But in a country woefully short on infrastructure, isn't it the government's duty to allocate money for such works rather than pinch the average Mumbaikar's pocket to fund it?



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