NHAI to take measures for effective Monsoon Management on National Highways

NHAI to take measures for effective Monsoon Management on National Highways

 NHAI is taking various measures for flood preparedness to provide emergency response on the National Highways across the country to address the issue of water logging on National Highways during the monsoon season.

Taking a multi-pronged approach to provide effective solutions in both hilly and plain regions, NHAI is closely coordinating with the other executing agencies, local authorities, and administration to quickly mobilize machinery and manpower to the flood/landslide-affected locations. In addition, to ensure the availability of resources for effective disaster preparedness, NHAI is mapping the availability of key machinery for timely deployment.

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To avoid water logging or flood-like situations on National Highways, NHAI and the state irrigation department are undertaking joint inspections to ensure that a newly constructed highway does not hinder the flow of any running channel/stream. Recently, on the Delhi-Karta Expressway and other projects, a special drive was conducted in consultation with the irrigation department.

Also, on National Highways passing through urban areas, adequate pumping arrangements will be made on sections wherever there are chances of water logging. Leveraging technology, the Advanced Traffic Management System (ATMS), along with the Rajmaargyatra app shall be used to disseminate information regarding any hindrance on the stretch to National Highway users. 

 

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In Hilly regions, a dedicated Emergency Response Team equipped with sufficient Manpower and Machinery has been mobilized at each landslide-prone site in close coordination with the District Administration. This will help to immediately clear the muck from the National Highway to enable 24x7 connectivity and provide safe & smooth movement of traffic. Temporary barriers and warning signs have been installed at each landslide-prone area to facilitate safe traffic movement.

For the implementation of preventive measures, vulnerable locations are identified that are likely to be severely affected like flood/landslide/rock fall prone areas, sinking zones, etc. NHAI officials are also inspecting various structures that have a history of flooding to identify damage to abutments/ piers of the bridges. Warning signs will be installed at vulnerable locations to caution road users.   

At locations where the National Highway may get blocked for traffic movement due to huge landslides, an alternative diversion plan has been chalked out with the District Administration.  Also, Geotechnical Instrumentation including real-time monitoring at a few vulnerable slopes and tunnels is implemented as the pilot.

 

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