Working Groups for the Eleventh Five Year Plan (2007-2012)


Dated 10th April, 2006

In the context of the formulation of the Eleventh Five Year Plan, it has been decided to set up a Working Group on Roads. The composition of the Working Group will be as follows:


Secretary, D/o RT and H



Chairman, NHAI



DG (RD), D/o RT and H



AS and FA, D/o RT and H



Adviser (Tpt.), Planning Commission



Adviser to Deputy Chairman



DG, Border Roads Organisation



Director, CRRI



Adviser (Works), Railway Board



Executive Director (Traffic - Commercial), Railway Board



Representative from Ministry of Tourism



Representative from Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance



Representative from DONER



Representative from Ministry of Environment and Forests



Adviser (Tpt.), North Eastern Council



Principal Secretary, PWD, Government of Gujarat



E-in-C, PWD, Government of Haryana



E-in-C, PWD, Government of West Bengal



E-in-C and Secretary, PWD, Government of Mizoram



E-in-C, PWD, Government of Karnataka



CE (NH), Government of Rajasthan



Representative from CIDC



Representative from Confederation of Indian Industry



Representative from Consulting Engineering Services



Representative from L and T



Representative from Punj Lloyd Ltd.



Representative from M/s RITES



Representative from C and C Construction Pvt. Ltd.



Representative from Hindustan Construction Co. Ltd.



Representative from IDFC



Chief Engineer (Pig.), D/o RT and H


II Terms of reference

  1. To critically review the financial and the physical progress of the development of the entire road net work both in the Centre and State sectors during the 10th Five Year Plan, highlighting the constraints faced and the remedial actions required to be taken in the context of the preparation of the 11th Five Year Plan.
  2. Keeping in view the experience aquired from NHDP and launch of the expanded programme for highway development, recommend a policy framework for the development of roads in the 11th Five year Plan and a perspective for the next decade beyond 11th Plan - Vision 2021 - taking cognizance of various issues, including inter- alia the following :
    1. need for providing world class infrastructure with a view to improving mobility with safety;
    2. need for enhancing the capacities of various implementing agencies in order to achieve time targets;
    3. need for balanced development of the entire grid of road network comprising of NHs, SHs, MDR, ODRs etc.;
    4. prioritization of development work in view of a large number of deficiencies in the existing network with a view to consolidating the network ;
    5. need for maintenance and preservation of existing assets;
    6. need for creating an environment conducive to public private partnerships, in view of the increasing role of private sector;
    7. need for upgradation of technology in order to improve quality of construction of roads and reduce construction time;
    8. energy conservation and environment protection;
    9. road safety and traffic management in view of increasing emphasis on speed and mobility;
    10. need for integrated road-port linkage development programme to ensure faster transportation of traded cargo, especially container cargo.
  3. To formulate a programme for development of roatis for the Eleventh Five Year Plan indicating monitorable physical targets, financial outlays and their yearwise phasing during this Plan period. While formulating the Plan, various aspects should be examined including irter-alia the increasing role of the private sector, the emerging traffic demands on high traffic density road corridors and the development needs to meet these demands at economic costs, the need for improving mobility and speed of goods and passenger by higher category roads, the existing deficiencies of the road system and remedial measures and safety considerations for road transport operations.
  4. To review the existing arrangements including the increasing role of the private sector for funding the development of various categories of roads and suggest innovative measures for augmentation of resources both for construction and maintenance of roads. To evolve a toll policies keeping in view the overall objective of reducing the cost of transportation.
  5. To review the existing norms and criteria for maintenance and repairs for all categories of roads, assess actual requirement of funds for each year of the Eleventh Plan and recommend measures to meet such requirements. To create a conducive environment for public private partnership for maintenance operations especially, in respect of high density corridors.
  6. To review the type of machinery and material presently being used in road construction and maintenance and suggest improvements, including steps needed for growth of road equipment industry in the country in order to deliver quality output in a time bound manner.
  7. To review the existing manpower training arrangements at the central and State - level and suggest improvements, keeping in view the need for construction of higher category roads including expressways.
  8. To review the status of various implementing agencies involved in the development and maintenance of roads in terms of their capability to deliver timely outputs and to recommend measures, including outsourcing and institutional for augmenting their implementation capacities.
  9. To suggest measures for effectively monitoring the progress of construction and maintenance of roads. Also to evolve a mechanism to ensure that funds allocated for maintenance of roads in the 12th Finance Commission are optimally utilised.
  10. To evolve a strategy for ensuring optimal utilization of the increasing Central Road Fund accruals going as Additional Central Assistance for the development of State road network.
  11. To review the status of domestic construction industry in terms of its capability to absorb, utilize and augment the technology being presently used for road and bridge construction.
  12. To review the existing status of research and development in roads and to suggest future directions and thrust areas in R and D programmes , including those for road safety.
  13. With increased emphasis on speed and mobility, recommend road safety measures including setting up of a dedicated organization for the same detailing the funding, implementation and monitoring aspects to reduce the rate of accidents. To establish synergies with the Ministry of Health in managing accidents by setting up trauma centers on GQ and NS, E-W Corridor in the first phase.
  14. To assess environmental impact and suggest measures to reduce the adverse environmental impact of construction of road, particularly in the hilly areas.
  15. To suggest measures for effective land management, including provision of wayside amenities, control on ribbon development and prevention of encroachments alongside roads in the interest of optimum utilization of the road capacity.
  16. To study the best practices adopted worldwide and to draw lessons for the Indian road industry focusing on public private partnerships; and
  17. To examine any other matter considered important by the Working Group.

III. The Chairman of the Working Group may co-opt officials or non-officials as Members and constitute sub-groups, if considered necessary. Representatives nominated, if any, by the Central Ministries/ Organisation should not be below the level of Joint Secretary.

IV. The non-official Members of the Working Group will be paid TA/DA at the rates applicable for Grade-I officers of the Central Government for attending meetings of the Working Group.

V. The Working Group will submit its report to the Planning Commission by 31st August, 2006.