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“National Highways Excellence Awards (NHEA) 2021”

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:

CategoryCompany Name Project Name & state  Award
Excellence in Project Management-PPPWelspun Enterprises LtdDelhi- Meerut Expressway (Package-I) , Delhi & Uttar Pradesh (UP)Gold
KrishnagiriWalajahpet Tollway Pvt LtdKrishnagiri-Walajahpet section

Length, Tamil Nadu


Excellence in Project Management-EPCBIPL – BVEPL JVBordumsa- Namchik road of NH-215

Arunachal Pradesh

Excellence in Operation and Maintenance – FlexibleWalayarVadakkancherry Expressways Pvt LtdWalayar-Vadakkancherry section, KeralaSilver
Excellence in Operation and Maintenance – RigidGodhra Expressways Pvt LtdGodhra to Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh border section of NH- 59, GujaratSilver
Excellence in Toll ManagementFarakkaRaiganj Highway LtdLakshmipur Toll Plaza & Bagasarai Toll Plaza

West Bengal

Combined Gold
Ashoka Buildcon LtdHirebagewadi Toll Plaza


Excellence in Highway Safety- PlainSimhapuri Expressway LtdChilakaluripet- Nellore section of NH-5, Andhra Pradesh (AP)Silver
Green HighwayGR Infra projects LtdFour Laning of NH-56 bypass connecting NH-2 with NH-56 as part of Varanasi Ring Road, Phase-2, PKG-1, UPSpecial Award
Outstanding Work in Challenging ConditionDineshchandra R Agrawal Infracon Pvt LtdRehabilitation and up-gradation of Beodnabad-Ferragunj section of NH-223, Andaman & NicobarGold
Dibang Infra Projects LtdDibang 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 LtdBridge between Dhola and Sadia ghatsalong with 2 lane connecting roads from near about Dhola to IslampurTinali, Arunachal PradeshSilver
M/S Ceigall India LtdRehabilitation of Ramdas to Gurdaspur (PKG-V) Project and Construction of Kartarpur Corridor (Indian Territory), PunjabSpecial 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