Road, Transport and Highways Ministry has decided to implement a Value Engineering Programme to promote new technologies and material in highway projects.
In an official release, the Ministry said, the programme is aimed at using innovative technology, materials and equipment to reduce the cost of projects and make them more environment-friendly.
It said the programme is expected to increase the speed of construction, reduce construction cost, increase asset durability and improve aesthetics and safety.
The Ministry also reconstituted a nine-member experts’ panel for approving proposals for use of new technologies, material and equipment.
The reconstituted panel is chaired by SR Tambe, former Secretary, PWD Maharashtra and co-chaired by Prof Ravi Sinha, IIT Mumbai.
The expert panel will examine all technical matters involving the new technologies, materials and equipment referred to it by the concerned Engineers or contractors.