NHAI Current Affairs - 2020

NHAI approaches Premier Technical Institutes for Collaboration and Partnership

For vital inputs related to the local requirement that will help in providing a world-class network of National Highways in the country such as topography, resource potential, etc, the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) through a decentralized approach will be collaborating with the premier Technical Institutes of the country (IITs, NITs, and other Reputed Engineering Colleges and Universities).

The collaboration and partnership by the premier Technical Institutes will be under part of their Institutional Social Responsibility (ISR).

About the Collaboration and Partnership

Under the Collaboration and Partnership with NHAI, the Technical Institutes will adopt a stretch of the nearby National Highways on a voluntary basis. The vital local inputs from the Technical Institutes will help the NHAI to further improve the overall quality and Safety aspects of the National Highways in the region.

This will help in building a sense of participation in decision making among the students of the Technical Institutes and also provide a hands-on learning experience for the students that can further open up options for internship in near future for the students of the Technical Institutes in the National Highways sector.

A significant number of Technical Institutes have already registered their interest in joining the initiative. Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) have already been signed with few technical institutes by NHAI, more MoUs will be signed by NHAI with technical institutes across the country in the upcoming days.

NHAI: First Construction Sector to become digital completely

The National Highway Authority of India became the first construction sector to become digital completely.

Highlights

The project management workflow of NHAI has been transformed from manual to online portal. The platform Artificial Intelligence and cloud-based big data analytics have been used to bring in the transform. With social distancing being one of the key methods to prevent COVID-19 infection, the online platform will help NHAI employees to continue their works without physical contact.

NHAI becoming Digital

The NHAI has completely become digital. This includes contractual decision, documentation and approvals that are now to be done through online portal alone. The NHAI e-office module has also been integrated into the system. The stakeholders of NHAI, contractors, consultants and independent engineers are already using the platform.

The project management details are to be stored in digital format in the cloud based “Data Lake” which is linked to GIS tagging.

Data Lake

Data Lake is a repository of data. It allows to store all structured and unstructured data at any scale.