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THE OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR GENERAL

The office of the Director General carries out overall administration, Planning and Quality Control of Highways Department, modernization of departmental works through Information Technology Cell and Capacity Enhancement measures along with road safety works through Institutional Capacity Enhancement and Road Safety Cell (ICERS Cell) for effective and efficient management of the works.

FUNCTIONS :
  • Establishment and Personnel Administration matters in Highways Department
  • Overall Planning and Budgeting of Highways Department.
  • Managing the e-pathai related IT solutions by Information Technology Cell.
  • Implementation and monitoring of ICE and RS components approved under TNRSP-II by Institutional Capacity Enhancement and Road Safety Cell (ICERS Cell).
ADMINISTRATION :

The office of the Director General is overall responsible for the establishment and personnel administration matters of all the staff of Highways Department.

The total staff strength of this department is 6863. Of this, 1587 are Engineers, 801 are Technical Staff and 4475 are Administrative and Ministerial staff.

PLANNING :

The overall Planning, Budgeting of various projects are being implemented by Highways Department. The various proposals for improving the quality of roads and road network are being sent to the Government for approval and implementation.

The overall progress of the works and expenditure incurred by the department are being monitored regularly and steps are taken to complete the projects within the stipulated time frame. All initiatives required to enhance the efficiency of department are formulated and subsequently sent to Government for concurrence.

QUALITY CONTROL :

The overall monitoring of quality of works executed by Highways Department throughout the state.

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY CELL :

For effectively managing the maintenance of road network and related infrastructure in Tamil Nadu, e-Pathai (Electronic Project, Administration, Traffic, Highway Assets & Information Management System) system comprising of following software are being maintained by Information Technology Cell.

  • ROAD MAINTENANCE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (RMMS)
  • GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEM (GIS)
  • INTEGRATED PROJECT, HUMAN RESOURCE AND FINANCE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM ( P& FMS)

In the e-PATHAI application, RMMS (Road Maintenance Management System) has been developed to effectively prioritize the road works using a computerized system. The RMMS database consisted of road condition data for State Highways and Major District Roads and now the system has been customized to upload the Other District Road (ODR) and Sugar cane road (SCR) data also.

Another application in e-PATHAI namely, Geographical Information System (GIS) is currently used for viewing spatial attributes of existing roads which are being maintained through RMMS. It is proposed to upgrade the existing GIS application with mobile applications and other current advance technologies.

The Integrated Project, Human Resource & Finance Management System (P&FMS) is an e-PATHAI application, which aims at statewide computerization to automate the existing manual procedures and process followed for Project Management, Financial Management and Employee Record System for improved information, communication, project monitoring and office management.

INSTITUTIONAL CAPACITY ENHANCEMENT AND ROAD SAFETY CELL (ICERS CELL) :

Institutional Capacity Enhancement & Road Safety Cell carryout the procurement, inter & intra department coordination for the effective implementation of ICE & RS components approved under TNRSP-II.

To meet the targets set for the enhancement of Institutional capacity, 17 sub tasks identified. Some of the key tasks are,

  • Conditional Road User Satisfaction Survey(RUSS) for obtaining the feedback from Road users/ stakeholders to assess the performance of the projects.
  • Process Re-Engineering to accomodate e-governance procedures, standardize the existing manuals, codes & documents so as to facilitate better functioning.
  • Amendment of TN Highways Act 2001, to meet it a standalone act to simplify the land acquisition procedures, safe guard the road assets.
  • Review and up gradation of existing e-pathai systems such as RMMS, P&FMS, GIS, etc. to suit the present needs including procurement of required hardware and software. This would also facilitate in automation of certain manual procedures.
  • Conducting training need analysis and prepare training calendar including suggestion for resource mobilization for the continuance of training program.
  • Strengthening of Institution, establishment of e-library, smart class rooms, etc., are also envisaged.
ROAD SAFETY COMPONENT :

Recognizing the socio-economic consequences of the road traffic accidents, the Government through multiple stakeholders is taking various measures to improve the road safety. The Highways Department has approved a comprehensive proposal for the improvement of Road Safety under the World Bank assisted TNRSP II. The Road safety component includes strategic planning, revision of Road Safety policy and formulation of long term investment proposal at the state level. It has been envisaged to improve the Road Safety through interventions from all the stakeholders such as Transport, Police, Health, Education and Engineering Department. It is proposed to engage a Management Committee to facilitate in conducting Road Safety Audit, iRAP survey, formulate the proposal for demonstration projects and to support State level initiatives such as policy, Programme & Investments planning comprising of all stake holders.

ROAD SAFETY PROTOCOL :

Further, for identification and removal of black spots through engineering measures, a protocol has been formulated and this will be facilitated by the engineering committees. The field level committee comprising of the Divisional Engineer (C&M) and Divisional Engineer (Investigation) carry out joint inspection and suggest suitable Engineering measures. At circle level, the Superintending Engineer (C&M) concerned will review, prioritize and shortlist the proposal received from field committee considering the factors such as accident fatalities, grievous injuries and the possible threats due to Engineering defects. The recommendations of the SE (C&M) concerned will be appraised, shortlisted further by the State Level Committee comprising of Director General, Highways, Chief Engineer (C&M) and Director, HRS. Shortlisted proposal will be recommended for sanctioning to government under appropriate scheme.

TRAINING :

Training is essential to improve knowledge, skills and attitudes of the personnel in the department. The areas which require attention include project planning and surveys, design and investigation, project implementation, quality control, traffic management and transportation planning and road safety aspects. Therefore

  • Engineers are sponsored for refresher courses conducted by external institutions like IIT, Central Road Research Institute (CRRI), Indian Academy of Highway Engineers (formerly NITHE) and also the Engineers of this Department are sponsored to attend IRC Seminars.
  • 30 days training on office administration to all the ministerial staff at Bhavanisagar Training Center, Erode District is given on a regular basis.

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Last Updated: 19-08-2019
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