Ministry of Road Transport & Highways

National Highways Excellence Awards 2021

Posted On: 28 JUN 2022 9:32PM by PIB Delhi

Lok Sabha Speaker Shri Om Birla appreciated the achievements made in the highways infrastructure sector in the last few years and expressed the hope that India will achieve new heights in the future.

He was speaking at a “National Highways Excellence Awards (NHEA) 2021” ceremony, organized by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) at Vigyan Bhavan in the national capital this evening. The event was being organized under the ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’. This year, the theme of the awards was “Innovation and Excellence in Road Construction”.

The Lok Sabha Speaker said the awards will inspire and infuse energy into the engineers and workers involved in the highway construction. He talked about the steps taken by the Ministry in introducing new technologies and resolving stuck projects.

“The Ministry has done a lot of good work in toll management, highway and tunnel construction and infrastructure with green highways. Shri Nitin Gadkari has restored many stalled projects. The ministry has worked with a vision. We will achieve even more new records in road connectivity in the days to come,” he said.

Highlighting the achievements of the Ministry in developing the highway infrastructure in the country, Union RT&H Minister Shri Nitin Gadkari said his Ministry is committed to ensure good quality highways for the people. “I am confident that by 2024, the standard of the National Highways in India will that be of the US,” he said.

“We are improving road quality and also promoting new talent. But we should also think about water conservation,” Shri Gadkari said.

Addressing the gathering, Minister of State(RT&H) and Civil AviationGeneral (Dr) V.K. Singh said: “The objective of giving awards is to appreciate and reward those who have done well in terms of constructing good highways. This will motive those who may not have got the award but they will definitely get motivation to do better.” He said the speed with which the road sector has gained momentum in the last few years is an example of anything can achieved with hard work and innovation.

Secretary RT&H Shri GiridharAramane explained the measures taken by the Ministry for adoption of new technologies in order to ensure improvement in the quality of highways. Developers are being encouraged to use new innovative technologies and designs, he added.

Earlier in the morning, Shri Aramane inaugurated the awards ceremony. Setting the tone for the event, he called upon the engineers to use innovative practices in order to ensure excellence in highway construction.

There were panel discussions, chaired by senior officials and sector experts. There was a panel discussion on “Frontiers in road safety”, which was attended by NHAI Chairperson Smt Alka Upadhyaya, former Director CSIR-CRRI Dr SubhamayGangopadhyay and others. ADG (Nodal) MORTH Shri S.K. Nirmal chaired a panel discussion on “Innovative Technology and Practices, which was moderated by Director New Technologyfor Highway Development Shri Bidur Kant Jha.

There were also panel discussions on “Innovative Technologies for Slope Stabilization in Hill Roads”, “Design of Special Structures”, “Innovative Pavement Materials”, “Design of Road and Geotechnical Engineering – The International Perspective” and “Innovations in Geospatial Technology”.

During the ceremony, awards were presented to the concessionaire/contractors working exceptionally well in the construction, operations & maintenance, innovation, greenery, tolling stages of highway development as well as in the arena of road safety for the 2021 award cycle.

As many as 122 nominations were received, out of which 89 were found to be valid. Out of this, 58 nominations were shortlisted. A total of 37 nominations were selected for Field Assessment. Finally, a Jury headed by CEO Niti Aayog Shri Amitabh Kant and consisting of former Secretary Govt of India Shri K.C. Mishra, former DG Roads & Special Secretary Shri A.V. Sinha and Vice President Corporate Affairs, Ola Electric Mobility Pvt Ltd Shri B.C. Datta selected 13 nominations for the awards (Full list of winners in different categories given below).

Top officials of MORTH, National Highways Authority of India (NHAI), National Highways Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (NHIDCL) and automobile companies and other stakeholders were present on the occasion. Some of the dignitaries who attended the function include Smt Leena Nandan, Secretary Environment, Forest & Climate Change, Additional Secretary & Financial Advisor MORTH Shri Sanjay Kumar, Additional Secretary MORTH Shri Amit Kumar Ghosh, NHAI Chairperson Smt Alka Upadhyay. Member NHAI (Projects) Shri RK Pande, Member NHAI (Projects) Shri Manoj Kumar, Member NHAI (Technical) Shri Mahavir Singh, Joint Secretaries (MORTH) Shri Amit Varadan, Shri Kamlesh Chaturvedi, Shri S.P. Singh, Shri Mahmood Ahmed, besides more than 400 officials from MORTH, NHAI, NHIDCL. A large number of participants including concessionaires, developers, contractors, academicians and representatives of NGOs were present.

MoRTH instituted NHEA in 2018 with an aim to incentivize the key stakeholders and to create a spirit of healthy competition amongst all the stakeholders involved in the development of highway infrastructure in the country. This is part of the larger objective of strengthening the road infrastructure in the country, which is a top priority of the Government of India.

List of Winner of NHEA 2021

S. No.

Company Name

Project Name



Excellence in Project Management-PPP


Welspun Enterprises Ltd

Delhi- Meerut Expressway (Package-I)

Nominated Length:8.360 km

PCOD/Completion Date: 26/09/2018

Delhi and U.P.



KrishnagiriWalajahpet Tollway Pvt Ltd

Krishnagiri-Walajahpet section


Nominated Length: 148.300 km

PCOD/Completion Date: 16/02/2016

Tamil Nadu


Excellence in Project Management-EPC



Bordumsa- Namchik road of NH-215

Nominated Length: 22.230 km

PCOD/Completion Date: 05/08/2018

Arunachal Pradesh


Excellence in Operation and Maintenance – Flexible


WalayarVadakkancherry Expressways Pvt Ltd

Walayar-Vadakkancherry section

Nominated Length: 59.000 km

PCOD/Completion Date: 23/05/2015



Excellence in Operation and Maintenance – Rigid


Godhra Expressways Pvt Ltd

Godhra to Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh border section of NH- 59

Nominated Length: 87.102 km

PCOD/Completion Date: 31/10/2013



Excellence in Toll Management


FarakkaRaiganj Highway Ltd

Lakshmipur Toll Plaza

West Bengal

Combined Gold

Bagasarai Toll Plaza


Ashoka Buildcon Ltd

Hirebagewadi Toll Plaza



Excellence in Highway Safety- Plain


Simhapuri Expressway Ltd

Chilakaluripet- Nellore section of NH-5

Nominated Length: 183.620 km

PCOD/Completion Date: 07/11/2017

Andhra Pradesh


Green Highway


GR Infra projects Ltd

Four Laning of NH-56 bypass connecting NH-2 with NH-56 as part of Varanasi Ring Road, Phase-2, PKG-1

Nominated Length: 16.980 km

PCOD/Completion Date: 21/10/2021



Uttar Pradesh

Special Award

Outstanding Work in Challenging Condition


Dineshchandra R Agrawal Infracon Pvt Ltd

Rehabilitation and up-gradation of Beodnabad-Ferragunj section of NH-223

Nominated Length: 26.000 km

PCOD/Completion Date: 05/03/2019

Andaman & Nicobar


Dibang Infra Projects Ltd

Dibang river system and connecting road between Bomjur-Meka (NH-52) and construct bridge across river Lohit at AlubariGhat and connecting road between Chowkham- Digaru

Nominated Length: 29.635km

PCOD/Completion Date: 19/05/2018

Arunachal Pradesh


Dhola Infra Projects Ltd

Bridge between Dhola and Sadia ghatsalong with 2 lane connecting roads from near about Dhola to IslampurTinali

Nominated Length: 28.511km

PCOD/Completion Date: 13/01/2018

Arunachal Pradesh



M/S Ceigall India Ltd

Rehabilitation of Ramdas to Gurdaspur (PKG-V) Project and Construction of Kartarpur Corridor (Indian Territory)

Nominated Length: 4.25km

PCOD/Completion Date: 09/11/2019


Special Award





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