The NHAI is gearing up to launch an incident management system, aiming to make highways and roads safer and more environment conscious. Each year, nearly 1.5 lakh people die on roads in India, of which 35 per cent of total deaths occur on highways.
Under the new system, ambulances will be positioned after every 50 km with a response time of 15 minutes once the mishap is reported. Four bedded ambulances will also be stationed every 100 km to help respond faster to the accidents reported on the national helpline. The system will be rolled out first in the states of Maharashtra, Gujarat, Haryana, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu.
NHAI has also announced the launch of FASTags, which will enable toll plazas to collect tolls electronically. The new e-system is slated to commence on September 1, 2017. The authority is reportedly also looking to make highways greener by installing CNG fuel stations.