News : NHAI to Launch Highways Helpline
Nagpur, India, Jan 29, 2015 -- National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) through its associated company Indian Highways Management Company Limited (IHMCL) is all set to launch a four-digit universal access number for any assistance including accidents for road users of national highways. Probably it would be the first time that there would be a highway helpline number for the entire nation.
NHAI sources told TOI it would be a 24x7 helpline (call centre) covering all national highways situated in almost all states and union territories.
"National highways are characterized as high speed, high volume traffic with a large number of fatal accidents. Timely treatment of injured road users can save many lives in case of timely information. Also information about obstruction of highways following falling of trees, agitations, bad stretches of road, flat tyres etc will help in road safety and further improvement. Therefore the helpline project has been planned," the sources said.
IHMCL has started tendering process to appoint the private agencies to establish and operate the helpline centres. Total six centres will be established, covering various states.
Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
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The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) is an autonomous agency of the Government of India, responsible for management of a network of over 70,000 km of National Highways in India. It is a nodal agency of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways. The current chairman of the NHAI is Rajinder Pal Singh.
Published: Monday, February 2, 2015