The Minister of Road Transport & Highways and Shipping, Nitin Gadkari, has launched the Highway Advisory System (HAS) as a pilot project on the Delhi-Jaipur Highway, NH-8, in New Delhi. HAS is a free-to-air information distribution system that uses radio to make the travelling experience on National Highways safer, faster and hassle-free.
Under the project, real-time highway information will be gathered from concessionaires, patrol vehicles, toll plazas and traffic marshals. This information will be transmitted to HAS control centre, using mobile applications, telephones and sensors. HAS control centre will collect data, process and analyse it, generate alerts and send it to be broadcast by All India Radio. Information and alerts will be broadcast over AIR’s Delhi, Alwar and Jaipur FM stations. A total of 22 bulletins will be issued every day, including safety awareness content, along with live traffic updates on NH8.
Speaking on the occasion, Gadkari told that the Government is committed to reduce fatality due to road accidents by 50 per cent. HAS is an aid that will help to achieve this target. By giving information about traffic conditions on the highway, accidents, weather and meteorological information and information on highway amenities, the system will help to reduce road accidents and also fatality, resulting from these accidents, and make travel faster and more convenient. The radio broadcasts will also raise people’s awareness about road safety, which is very necessary for making our highways safe for the commuters, he added.
Pon Radhakrishnan, Minister of State for Road Transport & Highways and Shipping added that highway users will be greatly benefitted by HAS.
The current project will be implemented in three phases. By Phase II, it is expected to augment the broadcast infrastructure to cover the entire stretch of the highway, install sensors to gather additional real-time traffic information, broadcast in both Analog & Digital (Simulcast) Radio mode and do impact measurement through an external agency. By phase III, HAS services will be in only digital broadcasting mode and there will be monitoring and 3rd party audit.