Paving the Way for Paperless Sanction of Highway Projects

To facilitate a paperless sanction process for highway projects, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) recently issued a standard operating procedure which came into effect on April 1.

The SOP is mandatory for works being executed through the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI), State Government, Border Roads Organisation (BRO), National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (NHIDCL) and MoRTH Project Implementation Units (PIUs). It envisages the creation of e-files for national highway works requiring Ministry sanction. Further, an electronic register has to be maintained with requisite details including the name of work, sanctioned cost, and so on.

The new sanction process involves the electronic submission of proposals to the Ministry headquarters project zone after which numbers are assigned to them by the zone, receipt of the regional office’s comments (for which a project-specific file has to be maintained), obtaining of necessary approval, creation of project on PMIS or Datalake, and creation of the draft sanction letter.

Once the sanction letter is digitally signed by the Under Secretary, it will be attached to the e-file which will then be forwarded to the project zone for the issue of sanction. The sanction will be communicated electronically to those concerned. Specified offices will have master access to the sanction details on a real-time basis. After a highway project is awarded, the project details, according to the agreement, will be updated by the regional office.


Date: April 10, 2024