The Ministry of Road Transport & Highways (MoRTH) announced the fourth cycle of National Highways Excellence Awards (NHEA) 2021 at an event organised under the ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’ to recognize India’s best-performing road assets and toll plazas at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi.
- Theme of the 2021 awards – Innovation and Excellence in Road Construction
- Aim – To create world-class road infrastructure, highways, toll plazas, expressways, bridges, tunnels every day through new and innovative construction processes along with environmental sustainability.
i.Objective – To encourage companies that deliver the finest quality services during construction, operations & maintenance, innovation, greenery, tolling stages of highway development as well as in the arena of road safety.
ii.The event held several panel discussions, such as Frontiers in road safety, Innovative Technologies for Slope Stabilisation in Hill Roads, Design of Special Structures, Innovative Pavement Materials, Design of Road and Geotechnical Engineering (The International Perspective) and Innovations in Geospatial Technology.
i.Out of 122 nominations received, 89 were found to be valid and among them, 58 nominations were shortlisted. A total of 37 nominations were selected for Field Assessment (1st round).
ii.Finally 13 nominations were selected for the award by a Jury headed by Amitabh Kant, CEO of Niti Aayog with members consisting of former Secretary (Govt of India) K.C. Mishra, former DG Roads & Special Secretary Shri A.V. Sinha and Vice President Corporate Affairs, Ola Electric Mobility Pvt Ltd Shri B.C. Datta.
Winners of NHEA 2021:
|Category||Company Name||Project Name & state||Award|
|Excellence in Project Management-PPP||Welspun Enterprises Ltd||Delhi- Meerut Expressway (Package-I) , Delhi & Uttar Pradesh (UP)||Gold|
|KrishnagiriWalajahpet Tollway Pvt Ltd||Krishnagiri-Walajahpet section|
Length, Tamil Nadu
|Excellence in Project Management-EPC||BIPL – BVEPL JV||Bordumsa- Namchik road of NH-215|
|Excellence in Operation and Maintenance – Flexible||WalayarVadakkancherry Expressways Pvt Ltd||Walayar-Vadakkancherry section, Kerala||Silver|
|Excellence in Operation and Maintenance – Rigid||Godhra Expressways Pvt Ltd||Godhra to Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh border section of NH- 59, Gujarat||Silver|
|Excellence in Toll Management||FarakkaRaiganj Highway Ltd||Lakshmipur Toll Plaza & Bagasarai Toll Plaza|
|Ashoka Buildcon Ltd||Hirebagewadi Toll Plaza|
|Excellence in Highway Safety- Plain||Simhapuri Expressway Ltd||Chilakaluripet- Nellore section of NH-5, Andhra Pradesh (AP)||Silver|
|Green Highway||GR Infra projects Ltd||Four Laning of NH-56 bypass connecting NH-2 with NH-56 as part of Varanasi Ring Road, Phase-2, PKG-1, UP||Special Award|
|Outstanding Work in Challenging Condition||Dineshchandra R Agrawal Infracon Pvt Ltd||Rehabilitation and up-gradation of Beodnabad-Ferragunj section of NH-223, Andaman & Nicobar||Gold|
|Dibang Infra Projects Ltd||Dibang river system and connecting road between Bomjur-Meka (NH-52) and construct bridge across river Lohit at AlubariGhat and connecting road between Chowkham- Digaru, Arunachal Pradesh|
|Dhola Infra Projects Ltd||Bridge between Dhola and Sadia ghatsalong with 2 lane connecting roads from near about Dhola to IslampurTinali, Arunachal Pradesh||Silver|
|M/S Ceigall India Ltd||Rehabilitation of Ramdas to Gurdaspur (PKG-V) Project and Construction of Kartarpur Corridor (Indian Territory), Punjab||Special award|
About National Highways Excellence Awards (NHEA):
NHEA was instituted by MoRTH to create healthy competition among the companies for strengthening the highway infrastructure in India.
Establishment – 2018
Ministry of Road Transport & Highways (MoRTH):
Union Minister – Nitin Jairam Gadkari (Constituency – Nagpur, Maharashtra)
Minister of state – V.K. Singh