Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways, Nitin Gadkari inaugurated two exhibitions, ‘The Highway Saga: Past Present & Future’ and ‘Safe Road & Inter-State Highways Transforming India (SRISHTI)’ on 3 May 2017 at the Vigyan Bhawan Lawns in New Delhi.
The exhibitions are being conducted as a part of the three-day ‘India Integrated Transport and Logistics Summit 2017 (IITLS)’, which is being organised by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) from 1 May to 5 May 2017.
Speaking on the occasion, Gadkari stated that India has, for the first time, started planning for an integrated, multi-modal transport system and this is important in order to bring down the logistics cost in the country.
About the Highway Saga exhibition
• It depicts the evolution of road transport in India. The pavilion is divided into three sections – the past, present and future.
• Each of the sections displays the mode of transportation used during the time, starting right from the transportation the used during the Indus Valley Civilization to the current times.
• Some of the exhibits include the famous Bhatan Tunnel of the Mumbai-Pune Expressway and live models of instruments used for road construction in the past.
• The present section has on display the best of the roadways & highways constructed in India in form of hoardings including the Golden Quadrilateral, National Highway 44 and some other unique highways.
• The highlight of the present section is the Google maps of three regions that display the development of roadways over time, rising traffic congestion and building of roads to ease the jam.
• The future section displays upcoming projects including Hyper Loop, Passenger Rapid Transit and Amphibian Buses.
• The exhibit also includes a live display of LIDAR instruments that are used for road development.
About Safe Road & Inter-State Highways Transforming India (SRISHTI) pavilion
• It is an interactive pavilion that aims to enhance the visitor’s awareness of road safety issues.
• It is designed in form of a maze and expects the visitor to negotiate through it using road signs.
• The visitors who follow the correct signs would get through it but the ones who are not familiar with the signs would end up against a blank wall.
• Besides this, the pavilion has other creatives that emphasise the importance of safety while driving including seat belts, speedometer, helmets, mobile phones and ambulance.
• It also has a car simulator to test one’s driving skills, a game to test one’s knowledge on road signs and a warning film emphasising on accidents that occur in India.
Where: New Delhi
When: 3 May 2017