Akhilesh Srivastava is Chief General Manager (IT & Highway Operations) in National Highways Authority of India(NHAI) and COO IHMCL. He is B.Tech (Gold Medalist) from IIT BHU, M Tech from IIT Kanpur, M Sc (IT), Executive MBA from Wharton USA and pursuing Global MBA from ISB Hyderabad. He has also done LLB and PG in Infrastructure Development from NICMAR. He is a prolific scholar, academician and writer. His articles are regularly published in many National & International Journals and newspapers.
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The advancement in technology has been tremendous since the dawn of the millennium. The pace of life has been increased and places far away have come closer, all due to technology. From communication to travel to ease of business, people expect everything to be quick. Considering the importance, the Government of India is taking leap jumps towards digitization and technology integration. There is one man, who is silently playing a very crucial role in Digital movement of Government Sector – Shri Akhilesh Srivastava, a globally known technocrat for technology implementation, strategic & visionary thinker. Since last few years, he is dedicatedly but quietly & strategically working towards digitization of the Government sectors to enhance transparency and speed of execution step by step. His contribution towards development of Government Public Procurement Portal is unforgettable. People related with the public procurement portal project still talk about his dedicated working of 18 to 20 hours daily in mission mode for months. The Public Procurement Portal proved to be the stepping stone towards enhancing the transparency in government tendering process by use of technology in large scale. After implementation of e-Tendering, he moved to next step to make a large-scale cloud-based software platform called e-MB, for quality check and digital recording of measurement of works executed on project site. The e-MB became so popular in the engineering fraternity that it was quickly adopted by many State Governments and PSUs like hotcake. The e-MB not only digitally records the measurements of project executed but also brings it in the public view to enhance transparency by eliminating the grey areas of the construction industry. This generated a momentum of digitization in the construction industry field and paved way for development of many such software applications of project monitoring in the market.
He integrated many latest technologies for project monitoring like Drones, IP cameras, GIS based technologies, Mobile Apps etc for better monitoring & quick decision making. Shri Akhilesh Srivastava recently developed Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) mechanism along with Construction Industry Arbitration Council (CIAC), first of its kind in India. The ODR portal is launched by Honorable Vice President of India Shri Venkaiah Naidu Ji on 23 April 2018. The ODR has potential to revolutionize the dispute resolution industry of India by creating a lot of job for techno-legal youth of India and positioning India as favorite destination of International Arbitrations. This will boost the GDP growth of India.
Owing to him and his team’s global expertise in the application of technology, the NHAI has already managed to implement best of the techno-managerial initiatives in the highway infrastructure that are helping in enhancing the standard of living for the citizens.
Some of the projects that have been adding to the glory of NHAI and Indian Highway Infrastructure Sector under expert supervision of Shri Akhilesh Srivastava are:
Considering his extraordinary contribution to the construction industry, Mr Akhilesh Srivastava has recently decorated with life time achievement award the prestigious Vishwakarma Award for his accomplishments and contributions to the Government & Public sector on 7th March 2018 at New Delhi. The award was the CIDC (an affiliated body of Niti Ayog the think tank of Indian policy making) attempt to recognize his efforts of the committed change-makers in the public sector. The Award jury had few of the most prominent bureaucrats and officials from the Construction Industry of India. They have selected the awardees considering the factors such as their work history, success rate, public and private parties’ suggestions, and more.
He has been nominated as Member of Board of Governors of Engineering Council of India (ECI) and International Council of Consultants (ICC) apart from honorary advisor to various IITs and smart city projects on technological issue.
All these accomplishments and contributions say a lot about Shri Akhilesh Srivastava and his expertise in the field of technology as how he has been instrumental in taking India at a whole new level of advanced technology driven infrastructure.
The cab sharing economy has emerged as an excellent adoption for the Indian consumer and cab drivers regarding providing more choices and a level playing field for both stakeholders. For example, consumers have the convenience of choosing the cab at his, or her, location and the preferred time. Similarly, the drivers can now choose their own working hours and do not need to rely on external forces to select the customer. However, recent changes in the market dynamics potentially threaten to rob both the stakeholders of the advantage.
This situation calls for industry regulators to play a proactive role in balancing the market dynamics to protect the livelihood of millions of drivers as well as to serve the interest of several millions of consumers while preserving the principles fair market play.
For example, the market is abuzz with rumors regarding the merger of OLA-UBER in India. This trend may be an extension of a phenomenon that we have witnessed globally in markets like China, Singapore, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Indonesia, etc. where companies like DIDI, Yandex & Grab have merged with UBER. Interestingly in these markets, the supply has been altered irrevocable post the consolidation with market monopolization being the norm post mergers.
To prevent such a scenario, the following steps may be considered:
Govt of India may develop out with its own App (maybe service model), which could be based on SAAS model for drivers (for example, Rs. 99 per month, or 999 per annum). The revenue may be shared between the state and central govt to have better coordination, cooperation & support. The situation would be a win-win for drivers who need to pay a 25-30% as a commission to the cab aggregator companies currently.
Every state has the legislative power to regulate the maximum fare a cab driver can charge from a customer. Even charges like night, waiting, the toll can be added as per timing and location. The driver may have an option to pass on more discount to the customer by changing the tariff. A model like this may provide the seller should with the power to define his price for the service it renders.
In this way, cab aggregator market monopolization may be prevented via legislation. On the other hand, regulators may collect independent ratings and reviews to enable, disable or suspend the service.
Regulators can come out with an open REST API approach so this service can be linked to other integrated service providers App like Banks, Telecom, Rail etc. This approach can potentially induce growth and reach in short span of time. The providers can also offer cashback and other such value-adds can be in near future. Initially, the aggregation may be done only to the cabs which are already providing service to Ola and Uber. This can be done via RTO after his history and track record verification. During the vehicle fitness renewal certification, a yearly subscription plan can be offered. Govt can also get a consolidated insurance policy to cover any mishap.
Neither of the approaches discussed above is unique and a better solution may involve amalgamation. However, Govt can also include the GST for every transaction so that they also don't lose over the same.
The move for Digital India using UPI has shown if there is political will complemented with proper planning and implementation strategy, steps as these can go a long way in protecting the industry and the eco-system.
Akhilesh Srivastava, is CGM(IT & HO) in NHAI, working for modernization of Highway Sector and an expert on ITS (Integrated Transportation Systems), Mobility & ETC (Electronic Toll Collection). The views expressed are his personal.
Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister, Government of India, Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board (PNGRB), Government of India, National Disaster Management Authority, Government of India, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) and Government of Gujarat as the State Partner is organizing a Conference on Chemical & Industrial Disaster Management (CIDM), March 14-15, 2018, Convention Hall, Hyatt Regency, Ahmedabad, Gujarat. The Hon'ble Chief Minister of Gujarat is likely to inaugurate the conference.
The main focus of the proposed conference and exhibition on 14-16 March 2018 would be to make industry globally safe by better emergency planning of accidents – onsite, offsite including isolated storages. The conference would also provide a platform to Indian and International companies to share their success stories, best practices and technologies to minimize accidents on production site and during transportation of chemicals, hazardous wastes and hydrocarbons. Technical sessions on Engineering, Paper, Oil & Gas, Biomedical Industries have been included in the programme.
We are expecting more than 300 delegates throughout India. Expert Presentations/ Panel Discussions on relevant topics would give an impetus to the proceedings. The Technical Committee of the conference has great pleasure and privilege in inviting you to provide a talk on ‘Transportation of Hazardous Chemicals by Road', during Technical Session I on March 14, 2018 at Ahmedabad.
The road transport and highways ministry is set to launch the pilot for a global positioning system (GPS)-based tolling project on the Delhi-Mumbai corridor, a move seen as a game changer for road passengers as well as infrastructure companies. Under the GPS-based tolling system, India’s first, commuters will pay only for the distance they travel on a toll road as against the current practice of paying a fixed toll irrespective of whether they use all or a part of a road.
The project, to be implemented by the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI), will be the pilot for the “pay as you travel” scheme announced in the 2018-19 budget.
The GPS-based tolling system will be fully automatic and the vehicles under trial will be fitted with a FASTag, which would enable automatic deduction of toll charges after which the toll gates will open automatically, a senior government official explained, on condition of anonymity. The amount will be deducted from the vehicle holder’s account and credited to the concessionaire’s within a day. The pilot study will also provide an idea of the time required for processing transactions and the kind of disputes that could arise from them. The last date for submission of bids for the pilot study is 26 February.
The pilot project was earlier to be implemented on the Eastern Peripheral Expressway but due to a delay in its completion, the pilot stretch was changed. Road transport and highways minister Nitin Gadkari had hinted during the India Integrated Transport and Logistics Summit in May last year that his ministry and the NHAI were working on a “pay per km” project. The move comes at a time when toll rates across the country have been rising.
India has 362 toll plazas under the NHAI, generating revenue of more than Rs18,000 crore.
NHAI's plans and targets for monetisation of road assets
Enhancing efficiency through e-tolling
Enhancing efficiency through e-tolling
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