Now roads in Gujarat will have star ratings! Under a World Bank project,40 different corridors of state highways,covering a total distance of 1,600 kilometres,will be studied,evaluated and rated under various safety parameters.
Under this project,existing state highways have been selected. These highways will be inspected for 56 different safety parameters like road use,road accidents and casualties,traffic flow,quality of intersections,signage,road-side inventory,pedestrian crossings,etc. Based on these parameters,ratings will be assigned to different corridors. These star-ratings,from one to five stars,will indicate the safety of the corridor, Abhishek Tiwari,project manager of Indian Road Survey & Management Pvt Ltd (IRSM),told The Indian Express.
IRSM,a joint-venture of Australian Road Research Board and Chennai-based Taisei Group,has been selected by the World Bank to conduct a road assessment programme.
Over Rs 100 crore is expected to be spent on this project which will include highways that will be upgraded and rehabilitated under the Gujarat State Highway Development Project (GSHP-II).
The project is expected to begin this week from Valsad. About 1,600 kms of roads under the GSHP project will be covered, said Tiwari. The 67-km stretch between Pardi-Diksal is expected to be inspected for design structure,corridor safety,etc.
The larger stretches (having distances of 60 kms or more) expected to be covered under this project include Savarkundla-Dhala (Amreli),Mehsana-Himmatnagar,Jamnagar-Mewasa (link to Bhavad-Jamjodhpur),Vansda-Dharmpur-Ambheti-Vapi (Navsari),Bodeli-Alirajpur (Vadodara) and Rajkot-Morbi road.
This project in Gujarat is part of a larger project involving four other states of Rajasthan,Andhra Pradesh,Karnataka and Kerala. Data collection for roads in Kerala and Karnataka,covering approximately 1,100 kms,is already complete. Now,inspection will start in Gujarat, Tiwari added.