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Akhilesh Srivastava Paves the Way for Smart
The Chief General Manager (CGM) of the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI),
Akhilesh Srivastava, is transforming the Indian Highways into a smart network by supervising
the construction of the NHAI’s cluster project called the Wayside Amenities (WSAs).
The Wayside Amenities project was launched to improve the commuter’s experience on national
highways and modernize highway infrastructure. As part of this, the NHAI, under the leadership
of Akhilesh Srivastava, is building three structures to provide basic, moderate and advanced
amenities to commuters.
Wayside Amenities is facilitating amenities such as branded restaurants, ATMs, fuel stations,
kiosks for sundry items, restrooms, parking lots, helipads and much more. He proposed the mega
plan to be constructed as three separate sub-structures.
The Highway Nest (Mini), is the first leg of Wayside Amenities project which will provide basic
civic amenities such as drinking water, ATMs, restrooms, kiosks for sundry items and packaged
food, tea/coffee vending machine, etc. near toll plazas, alongside highways. Srivastava with the
help of NHAI is implementing the Highway Nest (Mini) across the major national highways.
The Highway Village is the second sub-project under the mega Wayside Amenities project which
is planned to be constructed on 183 sites by NHAI. Based on the Public-Private Partnership
(PPP) model, Srivastava through Highway Village is planning to cater services to the highway
users on the larger scale.
The Highway Nest is the third sub-structure of the Wayside Amenities project, Akhilesh
Srivastava is implementing it in compliance with global standards. The Highway Village will
sprawl over an even larger area when compared to the remaining two sub-structures. The
Highway Nest is being constructed across 1,000 places along the National Highways.
Revolutionising the commuter’s journey on highways, redefining the way we travel, Srivastava
is modernizing the highways sector in the country. The Wayside Amenities project is removing
the bottleneck in the country’s arterial network and allowing seamless travel for motorists.
Complementing the Wayside Amenities project and the Government of India’s Digital India
initiative, Srivastava launched a mobile highway utility application - Sukhad Yatra - for highway
users. The application has built-in features that enable its users to locate nearby places, navigate
through highway, pay toll fees without halting, report highway issues, and give feedback on the
Sukhad Yatra allows highway authorities to know public opinions on highways and address
grievances effectively. The application enables users to pay their toll fees online without having
to stop at Toll plazas.
Srivastava also is working towards the utilization of Road Asset Management software for the
digital recording of road assets. Highway Web Radio, Wi-Fi connectivity, solar energy panels,
green belts, and more along National Highways.
Recognising his accomplishments and contributions to the highways sector, the construction
industry development council (CIDC) recently conferred on Akhilesh Srivastava
the Vishwakarma lifetime achievement award.
The NHAI and its CGM have put the highways sector on fast track for building the roads of the
future, and initiatives such as Wayside Amenities, Electronic Toll Collection, and Online Dispute
Resolution (ODR) are paving way for smart highways in the country.
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