A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed between India and Canada on 11JUN12 during the visit of Dr. C.P. Joshi, the Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways to Canada on the invitation from Mr. Denis Label, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure & Communication, Government of Canada from 10-13 June, 2012.
The MoU will facilitate sharing and exchange of knowledge and technical expertise in the areas of infrastructure development, operation and maintenance of roads, Intelligent Transport System etc. India has shifted focus towards the Private-Public-Partnership Mode for undertaking development and up-gradation of national highways network across the country as also development of express-ways which are going to be access-controlled with all modern construction technology, Information Technology, including Electronic Toll Collection System.
It is expected that there would be an increase in involvement and participation from the Canadian industry in India’s ambitious National Highways and the Expressways Development Project. It is sealing a long-standing bilateral relationship and providing for cooperation between the two countries in the roads and road transportation sector.
The Minister reported that the objectives of India’s plans for adopting the Intelligent Transport System are manifold which include collation, development and management of a huge networked and compatible database on various aspects of transport, road infrastructure and regulatory aspects of transport logistics. This includes the creation of a national register for standardised database of all registered vehicles, data on driving licenses and permits issued, road safety related data etc. with intelligent and dynamic user interface with various agencies including enforcement agencies. The programme envisages real-time logistic, dynamic mobility applications in respect of road condition, traffic congestion, vehicle movements, tracking vehicles and watching and containing accidents along the highways and expressways, especially at black spots by extensive use of GIS-based applications. Environment-friendly logistics and capturing of the relevant data on pollution, impact on environment by the road development, road conditions, weather etc. are also on the agenda included in the Intelligent Transport and green transport logistics in India.