NHAI soon to introduce the Highway Ranking System based on a performance audit of roads to improve highways. NHAI has been charged the task to develop, maintain, and manage National Highways for inter-state movement of passengers and goods.

The assessment audit and ranking of NHs are aimed to take corrective recourse, wherever needed, to improve the quality and provide a higher level of service to highway commuters, it said.

“In its effort to improve the quality of roads, NHAI has decided to undertake performance assessment and ranking of the highways in the country,” NHAI said in a statement.

The assessment parameters are based on different international practices and studies for bench-marking highway performances in the Indian context.

“The criteria for the assessment have been broadly categorized in three main heads: Highway Efficiency (45 percent), Highway Safety (35 percent), and User Services (20 percent),” it said.

Additionally, important parameters like operating speed, access control, time taken at a toll plaza, road signages, road markings, accident rate, incident response time, crash barriers, illumination will also be considered while conducting the assessment, it said.

Other parameters include the availability of the Advanced Traffic Management System (ATMs), the functionality of structures, provision for grade-separated intersections, cleanliness, plantation, wayside amenities, and customer satisfaction.