The National Highways Authority made drone surveying mandatory for all national highway projects
To take advantage of transparency, uniformity and cutting-edge technology, the National Highways Authority of India under the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has made the use of drones mandatory for monthly video recording at all stages of development, construction, operation and maintenance of national highway projects.
Contractors and concessions will make drone video recordings in the presence of a team of supervisory consultants and upload comparative project videos for the current month and last month on the NHAI’s portal ‘Data Lake’, depicting various project related developments throughout the month. Supervision consultants will analyze the videos and comment on a digital monthly progress report covering various aspects of project development. These videos will also be used by NHAI officials during the actual inspection of projects to check for discrepancies and corrections made based on previous observations.
In addition, NHAI’s project director will conduct monthly drone surveys from the time the agreement is signed until the construction of the project begins on site and until the project is completed. NHAI will conduct monthly drone surveys in all developed projects where NHAI is responsible for operation and maintenance.
These videos will be permanently stored on the Data Lake, so they can be used as evidence during the arbitration tribunal and the litigation process before the court.
In addition, mandating the deployment of Network Survey Vehicles (NSVs) to survey the condition of roads on national highways to enhance quality will enhance the overall quality of highways as NSV uses state-of-the-art survey techniques such as high-resolution digital cameras, laser road profilemeters and other advanced technologies for 360-degree images. Uses.