The Chairman of National Highways
Authority of India Deepak Kumar launched a world class, new multilingual website
of the organization. He said that within two months it will be possible for the
general public to rate National Highways through this website.
He also launched a Project Monitoring
Information System (PMIS) Mobile App that will facilitate close, in-house
monitoring of NHAI projects on a mobile phone. Mr Deepak Kumar said that the
NHAI also plans to soon launch a public interface of the PMIS desktop and App
versions, so that the general public will be able to view the real-time status
of any project across the Highway network.
The NHAI website has been developed using
state-of-art technologies and provides a centralized platform wherein NHAI’s
different software and applications are stitched together and available for browsing
in a user friendly manner. Complete information about the organization, HR,
projects, policies, videos and project photographs are available on the website.
To maintain transparency, the information is in the public domain. Apart from
this, as a single point repository of all relevant information, the enterprise
applications are mapped to the website, which are for internal use of NHAI.
To ensure timely delivery of its
projects, the NHAI is now digitally monitoring them through a state-of-the-art
Project Monitoring Information System (PMIS), which has been developed in-house
along with The Boston Consulting Group. PMIS
has a comprehensive database with over 180 data fields being tracked for each
project, and a further 500 fields specifically for complex PPP projects,
covering all key progress matrics such as design progress, contracting
progress, construction progress, land acquisition, compensation disbursement,
toll and traffic information and concession / contract information.
A series of Executive Dashboards have
been designed to provide updated progress on all these data fields at various
levels, such as national, Regional Office (RO) level, Project Implementation
Unit (PIU) level & project level. The data for these dashboards is
submitted at an individual project level by the responsible Project Director,
and is reviewed at regular frequency at the level of the NHAI Chairman and NHAI
An in-built algorithm automatically
highlights focus projects with key pending issues, so that focused
interventions for these projects can be discussed during these reviews. Apart
from dashboards views of data, the PMIS is also enabled with Geographical
Information System (GIS), which provides a geographical visualization of all
NHAI projects on an India map. This is a unique feature of PMIS, which enables
geo-visualization of projects rather than searching through a database.
The PMIS has enabled significant progress,
with a 32% increase in construction in 2016-17 over the previous year, and with
over 60% of the projects identified in 2016 with issues, now being back on
To facilitate access to the PMIS, which
was so far available as a desktop version, NHAI has now launched a PMIS App in
coordination with the Boston Consulting Group. The App, available in both
Android and Apple versions, will be accessible to all of its officers in the
Field and Headquarters, and will enable access to any project dashboard in just
two clicks of a button.
The App also comes with a host of
additional features – a Task Manager, so that tasks can be assigned and tracked
through the organization; a Photo Upload functionality, so that Project Directors
can click photos at project site and upload the latest status on PMIS; a
Check-In feature, so that every visit to a site by an RO / PD can be tracked;
and quick access to Stalled Issues, which are issues flagged with projects that
have not been resolved in 30 days.