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NHAI to launch ranking system for toll plazas

The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has decided to launch in ranking system the toll plazas in an effort to address issues at toll plazas. The massive drive was launched on more than 300 toll plazas simultaneously across the country by the Highway Operation Division of NHAI

Key Facts

The ranking will be on the basis of cleanliness, staff behaviour, availability of ambulance and cranes in case of any emergency on highways. Ranking system of toll plazas will improve amenities and overall convenience at toll plazas. It will also create competitive atmosphere of providing best services to the esteemed highway users. Every quarter, three best toll plazas will be identified by this ranking system and their names will be published on NHAI website.

Background

NHAI has launched countrywide drive to address issues that affect highway users, such as ease of tolling, electronic tolling (FASTag lane), cleanliness at toll plazas, deployment of marshals, behavior of toll plaza staff, cleanliness of toilets, functioning of Highway Nest (Mini), wayside amenities and availability of ambulance and cranes. NHAI has directed all field Highway Operation Unit officers to visit at least two toll plazas each across country and check the above facilities personally to improve the users convenience.

National Highways Authority of India (NHAI)

NHAI is an autonomous agency of the Union Government, responsible for management of a network of over 70,000 km of national highways in India. It was established through National Highways Authority of India Act, 1988. In February 1995, it was formally made an autonomous body. It is a nodal agency of the Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways. It is responsible for the development, management, operation and maintenance of National Highways.

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India, UAE inks 5 MoUs

India and United Arab Emirates (UAE) have signed five Memorandum of Understanding (MoUs) in key areas of energy sector, railways, manpower and financial services.

These agreements were signed in PM Narendra Modi’s visit to Abu Dhabi. They were signed in presence of PM Modi, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi HH Sheikh Mohammed bin and Deputy Supreme Commander of UAE Armed Forces Zayed Al Nahyan at the Presidential Palace, Abu Dhabi.

Signed Agreements are

  • MoU for Technical Cooperation in Rail Sector
  • MoU to institutionalise the collaborative administration of contractual employment of Indian workers in UAE.
  • MoU between Indian Consortium (OVL, BPRL & IOCL) and ADNOC: It was signed for acquisition of 10% participating interest in the offshore Lower Zakum Concession.
  • MoU between Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) and Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange (ADX): It seeks to enhance cooperation between both the countries in financial services industry.
  • MoU between Government of Jammu and Kashmir and DP World: It seeks to establish multi-modal logistics park and hub in Jammu comprising warehouses and specialized storage solutions.

India-UAE Relations

India-UAE Relations deeply rooted in history and strategic cooperation which is driven by mutual aspirations of both countries. UAE is lynch-pin of the economic, defence and strategic strands of  India’s coordinated strategy to outreach west Asia.

UAE is India’s third largest trading partner after China and the United States. Bilateral trade between India and UAE stood at about $50 billion in 2015-16. It is among the top investors in India in terms of foreign direct investments (FDI) and was the fifth largest supplier of crude oil to India in 2015-16. Besides, there are also more than 2.6 million Indians living in the UAE and their annual remittance is estimated to be around $14 billion.

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