Ministry of Road Transport and Highways
National Highways Excellence Awards 2020
About the Awards

Ministry of Road Transport & Highways (MoRTH) initiated 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 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.

The ‘National Highways- Excellence Awards’ are designed across multiple categories to identify 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 2020 cycle of awards, the categories are as follows:

  • Excellence in Project Management acknowledges the efficient use of resources with adherence to the highest quality standards, smooth and cost-effective execution of the project, and timely achievement of all project milestones.
  • Excellence in Operation & Maintenancerecognizes projects with swift and smooth execution of maintenance works, inspections and unparalleled quality in riding experience.
  • Excellence in Toll Management focuses on the management of the toll- including maximizing automation of tolling operations, provision of services & smooth passage of traffic of all kinds.
  • Excellence in Highway Safety acknowledges commendable work done to reduce road casualties and establish preventative safety measures, safety signages, road markings and emergency response services.
  • Innovation focuses on significant achievement in devising or adapting a new construction technology or structural and geometric design.
  • Green Highway highlights innovative practices adopted to protect or enhance the natural environment and/or minimize the effect of project development & operation on the environment.
  • Outstanding Work in Challenging Condition focuses on the measures undertaken to develop highway infrastructure in a challenging environment such as difficult terrain, conflict zones, urban congested areas.

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 is 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 cycle of awards 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.

Last year, in the 2019 cycle, 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.