National Highways Authority of India plans to track road conditions through satellite with the help from Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) and NECTAR which uses drones to map the geographical areas.
“We will soon sign MoUs with both the organizations. People often write to us about the poor road condition. Once we have the system in place, we will have a central monitoring cell and a call centre.
The complaints will be referred to the cell and the local officers would be alerted. We get the actual feed from the ground either through satellite images or the feed from drones so that corrective steps can be taken,” said NHAI chairman Raghav Chandra.
After completion of repair works, the photos will be cross checked with the live feed from NECTAR system.
Another pilot project has been initiated for development of roads and tracking roaad conditions after development. RAMS is Road Asset Management System which captures details including quality, roughness, encroachment and other facilities which is stored on a central database for further reference. A pilot project covering 3000 km has already been initiated, of which, mapping of 1000 km has been competed said executives of Satra Infrastructure, which is implementing the pilot. The mapping will help better planning, programming and budgeting for undertaking road development.
“We will carry out this assessment of the entire network of highways. RMAS will use Gagan and Bhuvan satellite systems to prepare a 360 degree mapping of road assets. This will greatly facilitate timely repair of roads, preparation of detailed project reports and such other works,” highways minister Nitin Gadkari said.
The transport ministry is targetting of laying 30km of roads everyday and these systems if used to map roads across the length and breadth of the country, would be a major relief for the public from the potholed roads!!