How technology can go a long way

Every time Akhilesh Srivastava sees cars passing the toll gates using the FASTag tunnel, his eyes light up. Not only did the sticker using RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) technology stuck in the air windows, reduce waiting time at booths, but it also helped the government save Rs 20,000 crore per year on fuel. It also brought in an additional amount of up to Rs 10,000 crore. During his tenure as Chief Executive Officer of NHAI (National Highways Authority of India), Srivastava’s outstanding contribution created and enhances this establishment.

A construction engineer from IIT and former COO of Indian Highway Management Company Ltd is regarded as one of the most tech-savvy executives in the system. However, Srivastava puts on his bursary easily. “I joined government services because I want to influence change and modernity. Even as a young engineer, I always thought about how we could use technology in the smallest detail, ”he says. NHAI Data Lake based AI, a central location that allows you to store all your personal and informal information on any scale, has been used as a blueprint for the recently launched Gati Shakti program, a digital platform to bring 16 services including Railways and Roads together of integrated planning and integrated implementation of communication and infrastructure projects.
Srivastava has now trained his lens on a very stressful and deadly problem: road accidents. He has been appointed Head of the Road Safety Project 2.0, a campaign in line with the World Economic Forum. The aim is to adopt technology in all four Road Safety Processes — Education, Engineering, Strengthening and Emergency Care. According to the 2018 World Road Safety Report, India tops the list of 199 countries with the number of road deaths, with 11 percent of all road accidents worldwide occurring in India alone.
Last month, speaking at a webinar organized by the International Road Federation, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said road accidents in the country were “worse than the COVID epidemic” and that we had reached a “shocking” situation. 70% of deaths are between the ages of 18 and 45 years. Srivastava states that about 75 percent of road accidents are caused by human error, such as speeding, fatigue, stress, and lack of driving. He is also aware that previous attempts to reduce statistics did not produce the desired results. “In my opinion, so far it has been a way to go up. He holds seminars and conferences and expects the lessons to come down. That will not happen. We need to go down and up. So now, we use locally made tools like the Hum Safer app that motivates drivers in their safety and good driving behavior, offering cash prizes directly to the driver through UPI and insurance and other medical assistance with which to register. application. ”