Ministry of Road Transport & Highways (MoRTH) initiated National Highways Excellence Awards in 2018 to incentivize stakeholders in the highway construction and maintenance process. The Ministry intends to recognize and award companies for the best-performing road assets and toll plazas across the country. This is part of the larger objective of strengthening and augmenting the road infrastructure in the country, which is a top priority of our government. Acknowledging companies who are performing exceptionally and delivering the finest quality services during construction, operations, tolling, and maintenance stages of the highway project, would encourage all companies in the sector to improve the quality of service(s).
The ‘National Highways Excellence Awards’ are designed across multiple categories. It identifies players who have adhered to construction and operational guidelines, upheld high quality and safety standards, and employed innovation and sustainable practices in their work.
For the 2022 cycle of awards, the categories are as follows:
The best performers are selected after multiple rounds of rigorous assessment. Detailed, category-specific evaluation frameworks have been developed for this purpose. The companies nominate themselves on an online portal by uploading the project information and documents specific to the award category. In the first round, the validity and propriety of the submitted data are verified and evaluated by trained officials. This is followed by the second field round, which involves an on-site inspection of the shortlisted projects. In the third round, an expert jury panel reviews the finalists and selects the winners.
In the first award cycle in 2018, 107 nominations were received across 5 categories (Excellence in Construction Management, Excellence in Operation and Maintenance, Excellence in Highway Safety, Excellence in Toll Plaza Management and Innovation). The final 11 winners were facilitated by Hon’ble Minister Shri Nitin Gadkari on 8th January 2019.
In the second award cycle in 2019, 104 nominations were received across 7 categories (Excellence in Project Management, Excellence in Operation and Maintenance, Excellence in Highway Safety, Excellence in Toll Management, Green Highways, Outstanding Work in Challenging Condition and Innovation). The final 12 winners were facilitated by Hon’ble Minister Shri Nitin Gadkari on 14th January 2020.
In the 2020 award cycle,157 nominations were receivedacross all categories, and one additional special award category, Bridge & Tunnel, was added to the pool of categories from 2019. Hon’ble Union Ministers Shri Rajnath Singh and Shri Nitin Gadkari felicitated the final winners at an awards ceremony held on 18th January 2021.
In the 2021 award cycle,121 nominations were receivedacross all categories. Hon’bleLok Sabha Speaker Om Birla and Union Minister Shri Nitin Gadkari felicitated the final winners at an awards ceremony held on 28th June 2022.
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