Inaugural address at the Strategy Workshop for Geospatial Technology for Road & Transport Sector

Shri A K Upadhyay,  Secretary MoRTH, Ms. Bharti Sinha, Executive Director, AGI, Shri. Sanjay Kumar, Secretary General, AGI , Shri. Rajan Aiyer, Head Infrastructure committee, AGI representatives of AGI, Ladies and Gentleman. Good morning. It’s a pleasure to be among you all at the Strategy Workshop for Geospatial Technology for Road Transport and Highways in India organized by Association of Geospatial Industries and Ministry of Road Transportation and Highways. As you all are aware that with a network spanning 42 Lakh kilometers we have the second largest road network in the world. Of this vast network the National Highways account for mere 1.7 percent of the total length,  but it carries over 40 % of the traffic. This provides us an opportunity to expand the National Highway network and make it superior.  Both, in terms of quality and user experience. Particularly enhancing user experience by expert use of technology can provide visible benefit. Geospatial technology with its ability to acquire, integrate and analyze geographical information is being recognised as an effective tool for planning, management and decision making globally. I am aware that this niche technology has made inroads across various sectors in India. I understand that along with road sector agriculture, telecommunications, oil and gas, environment, forestry, public safety, infrastructure, logistics are a few sectors using it. It’s about time when in the Road sector;  policy makers and the technology makers work together more closely understanding each other’s strengths and requirements. To my knowledge using various combination of this technology can help us save time, bring down costs, improve quality and safety on our roads, enhance governance and help benefit the environment. Envisaging the 12th five year plan progressive use of technology to enable real-time monitoring of projects has been recommended. Today’s workshop provides a great opportunity to discuss the roadmap of development using state of art technology in the road sector. We have today amidst us the leading names in Geospatial industry and top notch policy makers. I am hopeful that the discussions on how the industry and ministry can engage in the future will pave way for efficient infrastructure and transport management. I appeal all the participants to engage with an open mind and understand each other’s requirements and come up with a sustainable way of merging technology in our developmental agenda. I thank the organizers for inviting me to this workshop and assure them of all possible co operation from my ministry. Jai Hind.