Ministry of Road Transport & Highways and Defence Research and Development Organisation have signed a framework Memorandum of Understanding for technical exchange and co-operation on sustainable geo-hazard management. The MoU was signed by Secretary MoRTH Giridhar Aramane and Secretary DRDO Dr. Satieesh Reddy.
The MoRTH and DRDO will co-operate in the areas of conceptual planning of integrated avalanche/landslide protection schemes for all weather connectivity in snow bound areas of the country including pre-feasibility of tunnels and viaducts, planning and designing of various avalanche/landslide control structures, preparation of proposals/DPRs for tunnels including geological/geotechnical/terrain modeling and other related aspects of tunnels. This will help ensure safety of road users on NHs in the country against the adverse effects of landslides and other natural calamities. Under the initiative, a detailed investigation of the existing critical avalanches/geo hazards such as landslides, slope instability, sinking problems etc will be done.