The Ministry of Road, Transport and Highways has decided to implement a Value Engineering Programme to promote new technologies and material in highway projects.
The programme will be executed under PPP mode or public funding mode.
To use innovative technology, materials and equipment to reduce the cost of projects and make them more environment friendly.
To ensure that the roads or bridges and other assets get constructed much faster, are structurally stronger and more durable.
After its implementation, the programme is expected to:
- increase speed of construction
- reduce construction cost
- increase asset durability
- improve aesthetics and safety
Besides this, the Ministry has also reconstituted a nine-member expert panel -National Panel of Experts (NPE), which was constituted in 2016, for approving proposals for use of new technologies, material and equipment.
Composition of the panel
Chairman - SR Tambe, former Secretary, PWD Maharashtra
Co-Chairman - Prof Ravi Sinha, IIT Mumbai
Members - Prof. A Veeraraghavan, IIT Chennai, Dr. Sunil Bose, Deputy Director CRRI, Prof. Prof. K.S. Reddy, IIT Kharagpur, S.K. Dharmadhikari, Dr. Prakash W. Kaskhedikar
Member Secretary for Bridge works - Chief Engineer — S&R (Bridge)
Member Secretary for Road works - Chief Engineer — S&R (Road)
Key Duties of the Panel
• It will examine all technical matters involving the new technologies, materials and equipment referred to it by the concerned Engineers or contractors.
• It will also resolve the technical issues that arise as a result of difference in view between engineers and contractors regarding implementation of the new and innovative technologies and materials.
• It will also decide about the need for field trials of any new or innovative technology/materials/ equipment before its adoption.
• Further, it will be required to finalise associated design approaches, construction methodologies/sequences as well as the relevant specifications/ guidelines so that the contractor may use the proposed new/alternative materials/technologies in project highway.
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