Minister of Road and Transport, Mr Nitin Gadkari recently launched a highway advisory system(HAS) test project in the country. The project is being implemented on the NH8 between Delhi and Jaipur and is being supported by the World Bank.
It involves collection of real-time highway information from wayside establishments, patrol vehicles, toll plazas and officials on duty. This information includes traffic alerts and weather.
It will be transmitted to the HAS control centre using mobile apps, telephones and sensors. This centre will collect data, process and analyse it and will generate alerts that will be broadcast by All India Radio. Information and alerts will be broadcast over AIR’s Delhi, Alwar and Jaipur FM stations. 22 bulletins will be issued every day.
It will be conducted in three phases with this being the first phase. In the second phase, the entire highway will be covered while in phase 3 the system is expected to move to a complete digital system.
This move is to reduce accident fatalities by 50 per cent. HAS is an aid that will help to achieve this target.