Centre approves precast concrete policy for highway sector

The Central government has approved
The Central government has approved the implementation of a precast concrete policy for the construction of national highways, aiming to accelerate the development of cost-effective and durable infrastructure across the country. This policy shift will enable faster construction of national highways, bridges, and road-over bridges (ROBs) while minimizing disruptions caused by monsoon seasons. Additionally, it will alleviate air pollution concerns associated with on-site construction activities.

The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has invited stakeholders to provide their suggestions on the National Highway Precast Concrete Policy by May 31. Once the feedback is received, the policy will be implemented in the highway sector.

Under the new policy, construction companies will be required to procure precast concrete materials from manufacturers, instead of establishing their own yard factories near project sites. The precast concrete materials will need to be sourced from factory yards located 100 kilometers away from the project site. However, manufacturers must ensure timely delivery and fixed pricing. Alternatively, construction companies can establish their own yards, provided they demonstrate that the cost is lower than utilizing precast concrete technology. The final decision on this matter will be made by the respective engineer and officer in charge.

The use of precast concrete technology offers numerous advantages, including cost-effectiveness and accelerated construction processes. It enables the creation of all-weather and fast concrete structures with reliable and superior quality, resulting in reduced carbon emissions and enhanced uniformity. The adoption of precast concrete technology is expected to expedite projects in the highway sector while providing a boost to the Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSME) sector.
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