Technology has become an integral part of our everyday life. With 6 out of 10 people owning a smartphone, technology and digital have taken authority over our lives. The same is not just restricted to our lives but is being implemented into every aspect of Government operations in India. The one sector that is being extraordinary immersed in the latest technological innovations is the national highways in India.
Mr Akhilesh Srivastava, CGM (IT and Highway Operations) of NHAI is the man behind all the projects concerning the integration of technology into Highway Operations in India. Owing to his extraordinary contributions and achievements in the construction industry, the Construction Industry Development Council, on their 22nd Inauguration day, awarded him with the coveted lifetime achievement award in the Public Officer category in their prestigious 10th Annual Vishwakarma Awards 2018. The event was held on March 7th 2018 in the India Habitat Centre, New Delhi.
Mr Srivastava was garnered with this distinguished recognition for his innovative strides in the sector of highway operations and maintenance. The primary projects that he was awarded for include that of the implementation of e-Tender, e-MB, Wayside Amenities projects, FASTag-Electronic Toll Collection initiative and Incident Management across the various National highways in India. The Highway Nest and Highway Nest (Mini) are already operational across 50+ toll plazas in India and the count of the same is increasing with each passing day.
Apart from this recent achievement, Mr Akhilesh Srivastava is also working on the integration of drones and other geospatial technology into the highway operations. This is expected to ensure smooth real-time monitoring of the ongoing highway projects and improve transparency in the system. Besides that, he has also been encouraging the youth of India to undertake the available training concerning the geospatial technology because of the growing demand and employment in the said sector.
Mr Srivastava is a man who likes sharing his knowledge and believes that knowledge shared is knowledge gained. He recently attended two distinct events in the past two months addressing distinguished panellists and delegates from the construction industry. He was cordially invited to be part of the panellists at the 4th Annual Roads and Highways at the Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel in Singapore from April 9th – April 11th, 2018. He, along with two other renowned officials delivered speeches on the subject of OBOR (One Belt One Road). He also gave a solo speech on the subject of Highway Modernisation emphasising the importance of it for sustainability, by integrating the concepts of Electronic Toll Collection and correct process of budget allocation.
Mr Akhilesh Srivastava was also the keynote speaker at the Chemical and Industrial Disaster Management Conference where he shared his strategies to mitigate the overwhelming amount of disasters owing to the transportation of chemicals, biomedical wastes, hydrocarbons and other hazardous goods. He addressed over 300 delegates from around the country emphasising on the importance of in-situ and ex-situ emergency planning of the accidents to provide with the timely resolutions for minimum after-effects.
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