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  • Rakesh Prasad
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  • April 26, 2017, 4:17 p.m.
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Indian Roads maintenance and sustainability- A review on best practices.

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Indian roads network and Infrastructure - Specifications are defined by Indian Road Congress and India boasts of world's second largest road network.

But can we say the same about the quality of the roads?

After looking at disparity on road designs and maintenance we started a research around.
Does India follow a set guideline when building roads? Or its on whims or fancy of local authorities?
The research-
Here are the specifications from CPWD (Central Public Works Department) handbook on how the road should look like with its gradients and slopes.
1. Middle of the road should be elevated and at a slope towards the shoulder.
2. Shoulders or pavements should be at an angle to the roadside drains.
3. Finally, the slope at the end of road/pavement should slope to grassed swale draining to a catchment area. So water filtered off all impurities, oil etc goes to replete water bodies and underground water table.
In India, though the design is on papers, we never see its followed and citizen are not really aware of the design they should ask for.
Indian roads network and Infrastructure - Specifications are defined by Indian Road Congress a
One live example from western countries where such designs are implemented, consistently.
Indian roads network and Infrastructure - Specifications are defined by Indian Road Congress a
Below is one usual Indian road, someone found some space and throws tar and gravels over dirt. Not sure what kind of design quality checks done.
Indian roads network and Infrastructure - Specifications are defined by Indian Road Congress a
These poorly designed roads
-break every now and then due to water logging, and sometimes just usage.
-It not only never lets water tables replete, also starts a cycle of wastage of tax payer money.
-These kind of noncompliance are disastrous for everyone, not just inconvenient, but major sustainability hazards over the long run due to traffic jams, breaking vehicles, no pedestrian space etc the list is huge.

But what about consistency, is it the same everywhere?

The answer is - No.
Based on our research, there are a few well-designed roads in India, e.g. Lutyen's Delhi, and as per one of the RTIs, there is no difference between Lutyen's Delhi road and normal roads at least as per government records.
Indian roads network and Infrastructure - Specifications are defined by Indian Road Congress a

So what is wrong?

Why are all roads in India not built and designed like Lutyen's Delhi or Chanakyapuri?
And why maintenance is visible on these high profile roads but not on our neighborhood roads.

Our Aim -

Engage local coordinators on roads design and maintenance effort to find out on.
- If the roads in that area are compliant with the designs proposed by Indian roads congress.
- If the maintenance schedule and designs are available for public scrutiny.
- Be the bridge between local authorities and citizens by adopting a set of roads for independent civil society reviews.
- Make sure public works is done without leaving a trace afterward and of quality.
- Make sure design is perfectly done to preserve road and rainwater.
- Know the maintenance schedule for that part of the road.

Who can be a coordinator -

 Anyone with a zeal to improve communities using a nonconfrontational approach, ready to collaborate with multiple entities and is systematic and patient. A working professional, An activist, A politician, researcher, a housewife, a student. All he/she needs is an inclination for scientific ways, curious, respect and honor, and of course a few hours a week.

I can't add value for this particular effort but been active for common good or want to work for better communities?

Send in your details to innovators@ballotboxindia.com and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

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आप कैसे एक बेहतर समाज के निर्माण में अपना योगदान दे सकते हैं ?

क्या आप इस या इसी जैसे दूसरे मुद्दे से जुड़े हुए हैं, या प्रभावित हैं? क्या आपको लगता है इसपर कुछ कारगर कदम उठाने चाहिए ?
तो नीचे कनेक्ट का बटन दबा कर समर्थन व्यक्त करें।
इससे हम आपको समय पर अपडेट कर पाएंगे, और आपके विचार जान पाएंगे। ज्यादा से ज्यादा लोगों द्वारा फॉलो होने पर इस मुद्दे पर कार्यरत विशेषज्ञों एवं समन्वयकों का ना सिर्फ़ मनोबल बढ़ेगा, बल्कि हम आपको, अपने समय समय पर होने वाले शोध यात्राएं, सर्वे, सेमिनार्स, कार्यक्रम, तथा विषय एक्सपर्ट्स कोर्स इत्यादि में सम्मिलित कर पाएंगे।
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