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    The Indian Roads Congress

    E-mail: secretarygen@irc.org.in/indianhighways@irc.org.in

    Founded : December 1934

    IRC Website: www.irc.org.in Jamnagar House, Shahjahan Road,

     New Delhi - 110 011

    Tel : Secretary General: +91 (11) 2338 6486

    Sectt. : (11) 2338 5395, 2338 7140, 2338 4543, 2338 6274

    Fax : +91 (11) 2338 1649

    Kama Koti Marg, Sector 6, R.K. Puram

     New Delhi - 110 022

    Tel : Secretary General : +91 (11) 2618 5303

    Sectt. : (11) 2618 5273, 2617 1548, 2671 6778,

    2618 5315, 2618 5319, Fax : +91 (11) 2618 3669

     No part of this publication may be reproduced by any means without prior written permission from the Secretary General, IRC.

    Edited and Published by Shri Vishnu Shankar Prasad on behalf of the Indian Roads Congress (IRC), New Delhi. The responsibility of the

    contents and the opinions expressed in Indian Highways is exclusively of the author/s concerned. IRC and the Editor disclaim responsibility

    and liability for any statement or opinion, originality of contents and of any copyright violations by the authors. The opinions expressed in the

     papers and contents published in the Indian Highways do not necessarily represent the views of the Editor or IRC.

      VOLUME 41 NUMBER 7 JULY 2013

      CONTENTS ISSN 0376-7256

    INDIAN HIGHWAYS A REVIEW OF ROAD AND ROAD TRANSPORT DEVELOPMENT

     Page

    2-3 From the Editor’s Desk

    4 Glimpses of the Release of Fifth Revision of MoRT&H Specications for Road & Bridge Works

    5 IRC Welcome Hon’ble Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways

    6 Advertisement Tariff 

    7 An Automated System for Measuring Pavement Deection Basin Parameters Under Dual Tyres Assembly of A Vehicle 

     Huidrom Lokeshwor, G.K. Vij and D.C. Sharma

    13 Laboratory Study on Mastic Asphalt

     Dr Praveen Kumar and Maj P. Anand 

    21 A Study on Evaluation of Stress Behavior of Rigid Pavement by Concept Shell System  Tapas Kumar Roy and Rathin Ghoshal

    26 Method for Evaluation of Tilt and Shift of a Well

     Dhrubajyoti Bhattacharya

    33 Capacity Augmentation of National Highways

    K.B. Lal Singal

    40 Behavioural Analysis of Pedestrians for Walking on Footpath and on Carriageway in ‘Space-Sharing’ Trafc Scenario 

     Mukti Advani and Nisha G.

    47-87 Circulars Issued by MORT&H

    88 Tender Notice of MORTH Lucknow

    89 Tender Notice of NH Circle Lucknow

    90 Tender Notice of NH Circle Lucknow

    91 Tender Notice of Haryana PWD Jhajjar Circle

    92 Tender Notice of Haryana PWD Rohtak Circle

    93 Tender Notice of NH Circle Bareilly

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      2 INDIAN HIGHWAYS, JULY 2013

    Dear Readers,

    It is a universal truth that if assets once created are not adequately maintained and managed, then the

     possibility of erosion in asset values are not only high but the danger of losing the entire asset is also high.

    The systematic approach of maintaining the assets on a sustainable basis is generally termed as “Asset

    Management System (AMS)”.

    The road sector is a highly complex sector and can be termed as a “Strategic Infrastructure Sector” also for a

    country/economy/society. Not only it is compared as a life line when we talk about economic sustainability

    and growth of a country but because of its uniqueness of providing support as well as linkages to all other

    sectors of economy and social activities, it attains a much more important & critical role similar of nerve

    veins running across the length and breadth of a living being. Therefore, the importance attached with

    maintenance and that too adequate maintenance of this uniquely placed infrastructure sector in timely manner should be given due weightage and accordingly the funds should be allocated.

    What value should be assigned to the total road network asset of the country? Some guess estimates have

     been made but the ever increasing length of the road network in the country requires a serious evaluation

    exercise. This highly valued asset in the country even though owned by different road owning organizations

    requires an Asset Management Strategy & System (AMSS) to overcome the potential dangers of falling

    into disuse and eventually disintegration on account of inadequate or poor or untimely maintenance. The

    consequential economic and social implications may be colossal.

    Considering the huge investment targets during the 12th Five Year Plan and the level of investments already

    made during last few decade, the sector requires a Re-rating in the area of funds allocation towards effective

    maintenance. It is not that the awareness about importance of maintenance is not known. The concepts of Routine Maintenance, Periodic Maintenance, Special Repairs, Rehabilitation, Pavement Management

    System (PMS), Bridge Maintenance System (BMS) and comprehensive maintenance mechanism under PPP

     based “OMT” forms the part of the same. But specic attention of developing appropriate Asset Management

    System for Indian road infrastructure sector is need of the hour to enable better distribution of risks, more

    efcient & transparent price discovery and to capitalize the real asset value of the sector from commercial

     propositions.

    Most of the time the Asset Management system is considered only after the asset has been created. However,

    road sector is such a complex sector which requires a different approach keeping in view that it gives an

    opportunity of introducing the elements of asset management at each of the stages right from the planning

    and conceptualization stages starting with the sustainability of the alignment.

    The Asset Management System allows enough scope for adoption of the simple methodologies and addresses

    the issues of timely removal of deciencies even from project preparation/designing stage to make the road

    assets so created more sustainable. The basic essentiality of Asset Management System is the collection of

    authentic data in respect of all the constituent components for road sector. The data includes the inventory

    of the roads, bridges/structures/culverts/cross drainage works, signage’s, trafc control devices, road side

    furniture’s, trafc related details including trafc count, axle load spectrum, condition survey details of the

    road/bridges/structures, unit cost for various maintenance activities, vehicle operating cost, developmental

    activities taking place abutting the road land, climatic condition variation, etc. However, it needs to be kept

    From the Editor’s Desk

    ROAD SECTOR ASSET MANAGEMENT

    NEEDS DYMYSIFICATION

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    EDITORIAL

      INDIAN HIGHWAYS, JULY 2013 3

    in view that the data collection & revalidation is not a one-time exercise. It needs to be institutionalized.

    Because of nature of road infrastructure, it gives a exibility to conceptualize and evolve a centralized Asset

    Management System or a decentralized Asset Management System with appropriate linkages and interlink

    ages.

    How many times a serious thought has been given for timely preventive maintenance in an institutionalized manner which may not only preserve the road asset and prolong its life but also contribute towards higher

    trafc carrying capacity, less accidents, less maintenance of vehicles and more users’ satisfaction. The cost

     benet ratio in this aspect requires critical analysis.

    The road sector requires a simple methodology to calculate its asset value and also a methodology to predict

    the nancial & other resources needed to preserve and maintain this network as well as similar methodology

    to improve this network along with the timely interventions. Simultaneously the Asset Management System

    should be such that it should be able to predict the consequences of under-funded maintenance; reluctant/

    under compulsion maintenance; and the optimal investment based maintenance.

    One may always argue that PPP projects are better placed as the maintenance needs are covered during the

    concession period of the project. However if proper monitoring especially in respect of time and intensity of interventions needed and provided are not in place, then the same facility may not only come under severe

    criticism and scrutiny but the level of qualitative service also deteriorates. The Indian roads requires an

    Asset Management System which should be devised and designed for Indian conditions based on real eld

    data of Indian roads. It should be simple to use. It should also have component of indexing in respect of road

    safety rating, drainage effectiveness, pavement condition, deciency removal/rehabilitation, etc. The data

    needs can be rened and evaluated at regular interval to maintain robustness of the system.

    The advantages and benets of the Road Asset Management System (RAMS) are immense and many. It would

    help in resource & asset allocation optimization; promotes life cycle cost analysis concept, thereby opening

    up the avenue for innovative concepts/new methodologies with better risk management including that of

    “Forgiving Roads”, “Green