Ministry of Road Transport and Highways
National Highways Excellence Awards 2021
About the Awards

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 2021 cycle of awards, the categories are as follows:

  • Excellence in Project Management focuses on the efficient use of resources with finest quality standards and smooth execution of all milestones of the project
  • Excellence in Operation & Maintenance recognizes projects with the swift and smooth execution of maintenance work(s), 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 technology or design in construction that enhances the quality, timeliness, cost effectiveness, safety and/or efficiency in the road development project(s)
  • Green Highway highlights innovative practices adopted to protect or enhance the natural environment and/or minimize the effect of project development.
  • Outstanding Work in Challenging Condition focuses on the special measures undertaken to develop highway infrastructure in a challenging environment (tough natural terrain, complex urban landscape, challenging climate or conflict zones)
  • Bridge Construction focuses on unique measures undertaken for infrastructural development pertaining to quality and safety enhancement, timeliness, cost-effectiveness, environmental compliances and overcoming challenges, during different stages of the project including maintenance phase(s).
  • Tunnel Construction highlights devising or adapting a unique designs or technology in the construction and maintenance phase(s) that improves quality, enhances safety, timeliness, cost effectiveness, environmental compliances and overcoming challenges, during different stages of the project.

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 select 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 received across 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.