Various Initiatives taken by Government of India towards adoption of Cement Concrete Roads
- Govt. took up the development of roads by constructing Highways/Road Network through schemes such as National Highways Development Project (NHDP) for National Highways as also Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojna (PMGSY) for rural connectivity.
- Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MORTH) vide its Circular No. RW/NH-33034/8/95-S&R dated 29-12-1998 () laid down a clear preference of Govt. of India for adoption of cement concrete pavement in situations, like weak soil with low bearing capacity, high rainfall areas, built up areas with inadequate drainage facilities, high traffic volume with heavy axle load etc.
- Referring to this Circular National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) in its letter No. 11041/218/2007-Admn. dt. 13-05-2010 (Annexure - III ) on Policy Matters Technical (59-2010) issued instructions to its Regional Officers to identify the stretches for construction of cement concrete roads.
- In order to encourage and popularize State Govts. for adopting cement concrete roads for rural connectivity. Ministry of Rural Development, Govt. of India vide Memo No. P-12014/7/2005/RC dt. 26th August, 2005 (Annexure - IV) decided to support the states through Technology Demonstration Project wherein it was provided that difference in cost between bitumen and cement concrete roads would be shared by Centre & States concerned on 50:50 basis.
- The Department- Related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Commerce (DRPSC) in their Ninety Fifth Report on Performance of Cement Industry, after a deep analysis of the pros and cons, strongly recommended the adoption of cement concrete roads in the country due to itheir inherent advantages to the economy. Excerpts of Ninety Fifth Report relating to Cement Concrete Roads are given in Annexure- V.
- Working Group on Cement Industry for 12th Five Year Plan (2012-2017) in its Report submitted to Planning Commission in December, 2011 have also recommended for adoption of cement concrete roads for rapid growth of the country. Relevant recommendations are given in Annexure - VI.