Transport Ministry crowdsources ideas for declogging Indian highways

25th October 2015
Transport Ministry crowdsources ideas for  declogging Indian highways
From Left:Vinit Goenka, Debjani Ghosh and Mohandas Pai at the Delhi function to announced the best crowdsourced ideas for Indian highways

New Delhi, October 25, 2015:  A major initiative to   decongest the crammed and chocking highways   has been  launched , by crowdsourcing  innovative ideas  from Indians. In a function in the national capital two days ago, IT veterans Vinit Goenka and  Mohandas Pai  members of the  IT Taskforce  of the Ministry of Shipping, Road Transport & Highways presented the top  few ideas   selected from some 35,000 suggestions received.
“IT for Parivahan is just a beginning. Our campaign has rung some alarm bells compelling our policy makers to ponder over transportation woes our public have to face each passing day. It is just a beginning,” said  Goenka founder member of Centre for Knowledge Sovereignty (CKS).
Dr. Pai Chairperson  of Manipal Global Education Services,   said improved GPS technology has the potential to eliminate the physical toll plazas as the required toll/fine will be automatically debited from the users’ balance if it is implemented thoroughly.
Debjani Ghosh,  Managing Director , Intel India emphasized   the need to make technology simpler so that it may be used by everyone.

Here is a list of winners and their ideas about improving commutation in India.

1. Vishwajeet 
A simple technology with a combination of RFID, GPRS, GPS, smart card reader, 3-axis accelerometer can help address many challenges. This technology will eliminate the need of physical tolls or even policing one way areas and the required toll/fine will be automatically debited from the users’ balance who will also receive an e-receipt.  This will take care of over speeding and reduce accidents and deaths, generate genuine revenue for the government 24X7 and curb mal practices.
2. Gopi 
He has conceptualized an i-car based technology system which works as a normal car while driving in the neighbourhood and works like a driverless car on highways. This would take care of driving errors, reduce stress, save lives and also increase productivity of the passenger who works while being driven in this driverless car.  

3. Nitin Shukla 
He says that India needs to strictly monitor transportation of hazardous chemicals by using real time sensors so as to avoid misuse saving human life as well as environment due to accidents happen. It can improve safety, transparency and accountability in transportation sector in India.

4. Mandar Joshi
He presented the concept of very doable approach of creating a pre-licensed training programme based on simulators and video sessions where the learner sees and reacts to real life scenarios involving accidents and other driving mistakes. Only after passing the simulation test will the driver be eligible for the license. Remedial course correction will be made mandatory for those drivers who are booked by the police for various serious irregularities.   

5. Aabhas Bajpai
He says that 70 percent of two wheeler and 35 percent of four wheelers are uninsured due to this 38 percent of accident victims in India are uncompensated. .This also increases hit and run cases. To counter this, he says that Indians should use Smart Registration Certificate linked with vehicle insurance. This tracking will be real time and can be tracked by both road transport authority and insurance companies. When insurance expires authorities can issue e-challan and even compound the vehicle. It can also be integrated with ECU which can disable the engine.

All these ideas will be forwarded to the ministry of Road Transport and Highways so that they can be implemented with help from experts to bring a sea-change in our transportation.