The government has launched a technology platform called ePACE, which will make tracking of highway projects easier both for common man as well as the officials concerned. The IT platform would also make it easier to know the status of fund utilisation and delays, if any, in the projects, thus, making facilitating better monitoring.
As of now, there are about 1,500 projects listed in the website – epace.nic.in. It has the provision to upload the status report at various stages of project execution, including the financial progress. At a later stage, it is proposed that to allow people to click photos and upload them to detect if there are discrepancies between official claims and the ground reality. Contractors, officials and even people can upload the videos of each project.
The web platform created by National Informatics Centre (NIC) captures the static and dynamic information for all projects that are executed by NHAI, highways ministry and NHIDCL, a new government entity set up for building roads in hilly and bordering states.
According to a Road Transport and Highways Ministry official, the e-platform will capture information on each project across its lifecycle, “from the inception to its completion”. Since details of progress can be checked, supervisory officials can set monthly and yearly targets for each project. They can also intervene in case there is delay in getting land or any clearance for carrying out work, he added.
Officials in the ministry feel that that easy access to information of each ongoing project will also help in accelerating the pace of construction.