India chapter of Geneva based International Road Federation (IRF), a global body working for better and safer roads world wide is organising a Two day seminar on the theme of "Environmental Protection and Safety during Construction" on 13th & 14th July 2018 at New Delhi.
“India's growing & vibrant Infrastructure programme has resulted in an impressive build-up of the highway sector. Increased infrastructure spending and funding for road construction have led to a significant growth in the number of highway construction projects in India. The safety of road users, workers as well as environment protection are a matter of concern during construction activities worldwide” said Mr K K Kapila, Chairman, International Road Federation (IRF).
“For a massive programme of modernising the highway system, consistent protection of environment and safety systems during the phases of execution, operation and maintenance, is a formidable challenge for associated professionals at all levels. The safe and efficient flow of traffic through work zones is a major concern to transport officials, industry, the public, businesses, and commercial motor carriers” said Mr Kapila.
“The Two day Seminar with relevant sub-themes would dwell on the aspects of Design for Safety, Environmental Protection of Construction Projects, Technology, Safety during Construction and Safety Issues & Risks. “The objective of the Seminar is to facilitate exchange of information on various aspects of the chosen Themes - Design for Safety, Environmental Protection of Construction Projects, Technology , Safety during Construction , Safety Issues & Risk” he added.
The seminar will also focus on environment protection and safety for high speed corridors like the National highways which inter-alia will cover workers safety on highways, Safety risks on construction projects using analytic network process framework for change in safety culture in India, Effectiveness of high-visibility personal protective equipment for night-time highway operations, Traffic management during construction of highways identification and management of blind spots during construction signages & apparel during construction of highways Highway workers safety – Policies, Practices and Legal Issues minimizing air/sand/noise pollution at construction sites Identification and evaluation of contaminated land sites, Implications of unsatisfactory drainage strategies for minimising waste during construction.
The participating experts at the Seminar will take stock of the initiatives in the respective areas in the country in the past few years. This exercise acquires greater significance as the growth and vibrancy of India's infrastructure programme is what inures India from global recessionary trends. The investment in infrastructure by the end of the 12th Five Year Plan for the transport and road sector alone was 35% and has been estimated at around Rs.38 lakh crore. This has resulted in an impressive build-up of the sector, which is expected to further accelerate in the years ahead” said Mr Kapila.
About 150 eminent delegates representing all major stakeholders of the Road sector, viz, Ministry of Road Transport & Highways, National Highways Authority of India, State Departments of Transport, State Public Works Departments, State Road Corporations, Civil Engineering Contractors, Concessionaires, Consultants, Suppliers, Municipalities, Road Agencies/Authorities, Procurement Managers, Road and Bridge Builders and Maintenance Personnel, Road Building and Road Maintenance Companies, Road Safety Suppliers and Specialists , ITS and Communications Companies, and Environment Experts are expected to take part in the Two Day seminar.
“The increasing road sector demand, the large and diverse road network across the country, both rural and urban, and the fast growth of vehicle ownership, fuelled by economic growth, have far reaching implications for the environment and safety during the construction period. The present Seminar will deliberate on different topics related to Environmental Protection and Safety during Construction in the country and come out with recommendations and the Way Forward” said Mr Kapila