IRC annual conference to focus on promoting innovations: Gadkari

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 10 Nov 2018 10:56:10


Staff Reporter,

“Annual conference of Indian Road Congress (IRC) in city from November 22 to 25 comes at a time when booming Indian economy is seeing a flood of new ideas and technology. The task is how fast Indian engineers assimilate these innovations in country’s construction code to help industry scale new heights. Though technology was available of the shelf -- in 1993 -- when I was Maharashtra’s PWD Minister, we hit road-block as IRC code was yet to catch up with innovations done abroad,” Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Road Transport, Highways, Shipping and Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, said. He was addressing a press conference at a city hotel on Friday.

“During my stint as PWD Minister, I managed to have my way, forcing changes in road construction code. The point is, today, the country is at critical juncture wherein development needs to be pushed through at fast pace. “Therefore, the role of IRC will be very critical and their deliberations during the annual conference need to be on putting Indian on the path of speedy makeover,” the Union Minister wished. Gadkari advocated mechanisation of construction practices in India to deliver low cost yet quality projects in time.

“Today, it takes nearly six months to construct a concrete road. To save time, pre-cast slabs are used for construction of bridges. Yet no one thought of using the same method in road construction,” Gadkari added. Stressing on need for economical mode of air travel, Gadkari informed that a 250 seater low flying vehicle was developed in West which can also land at busy Shaheed Square.”

The brainstorming at IRC’s annual conference decides new parameters for road construction in country. On first day, Maharashtra’s PWD (Public Works) Minister Eknath Shinde will inaugurate the technical exhibition. Formal inauguration of the conference will be done on November 23 at the hands of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. Union Minister Nitin Gadkari will deliver keynote address.

PWD Minister Chandrakantdada Patil also will be present along with Guardian Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule. On the inaugural day, State Minister Madan Yerawar and Pravin Pote also will be present, revealed Ulhas Debadwar.

Around 3,000 engineers of various fields from across the country and delegates from abroad would be participating in the IRC’s four-day conference to be held at Mankapur Stadium, he added. Guardian Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule, Ramesh Hotwani, Superintending Engineer, Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana, Prakash Ingole, Assistant Secretary, PWD, Maharashtra Government, also were present at the press conference.

‘Countdown to demolish ‘Design Disaster’ to begin in fortnight’

The work to demolish the fly-over in front of Nagpur Railway Station will start within a fortnight, said Nitin Gadkari. Dubbed as a ‘Design Disaster’, the work to demolish the fly-over is entrusted to Maha Metro. Now, the days of unwanted fly-over are numbered. Gadkari added that another RuB will be constructed at Manas Chowk to allow straight movement of vehicles coming from Sitabuldi side to Cotton Market and ahead.


Pre-cast slabs for concrete roads

Concrete roads in future would be manufactured in factories! Yes, that is what Nitin Gadkari foresees. Public Works Department (PWD) is on board for experimenting with new technology, said Union Minister.

Disclosing the details of the project, Ulhas Debadwar, Chief Engineer, PWD, said, they are in for trial of using pre-cast slab instead of using ready mix concrete for road construction that is a lengthy process.

Batting for maximising usage of new technology in construction and road sectors, Gadkari informed about the Australian company ready to share its technology wherein the crushed glass could be used in construction of roads.


Fibre steel for bridge construction

 In Malaysia, a new technology in construction of bridges envisages using steel fibre instead of iron to reduce number of pillars. A single patch of 100 metres can be constructed sans pillars to reduce project cost by nearly 30 per cent. The idea is similar to one used in pillar-less slabs wherein extra steel reinforcement is used to distribute weight on corner pillars. A committee comprising ex-PWD Secretary and IIT experts would be touring Malaysia to study the technology and discuss probabilities of integrating it in Indian scenario, said Gadkari.


‘Need to develop Vidarbha as aviation fuel industry hub’

 Nitin Gadkari said, Vidarbha should be developed as aviation fuel hub with focus on bio-fuel and forest rich Gadchiroli could be its epicenter. The idea might appear far fetched but has potential to transform fuel industry, as the Minister said, the dependence on foreign countries could be reduced.

Gadkari also said, he is relying on bamboo as the oil extracted from it can be used as fuel. “We have sent a sample of fuel to Dehradun Institute of Petroleum Technology and disclosed that Boeing, Bombardier, ATC and Airbus have approved usage of bio-fuel in aviation sector. Now, we need to ensure higher yield from oilseeds whose crop is taken on major scale in the region,” he added.


RuB to be solution to traffic chaos near railway station

The solution to vexed problem of traffic snarls at Jaistambh Square is on cards with Nitin Gadkari hinting at construction of a RuB having access from inside DRM office complex to reach the Nagpur Station. A low height passage is available underneath the ‘Ram Jhula’ but right now there is problem of providing road connectivity.

Gadkari said, a road would be needed to be laid next to ‘Ram Jhula’ slope to allow vehicles to move into parking space behind Control building from where one can access the existing RuB. The RuB to is needed to be deepened a bit to allow passage of heavy vehicles that can move ahead and exit near the entry gate of Nagpur Railway Station.