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Old 6th August 2015, 08:04   #1
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In continuous bid to enhance road safety and bring in more energy efficient programs to support long term benefits, the Government is planning to introduce multiple initiatives which includes bringing in a national road safety policy, building self illuminating highways, equipping proper highway boundaries in the form of rumble strips, to name a few.

ET is reporting more details on these highways, costing 15-20 per cent more than regular highways, do not require any street lights and come to light on their own as a photoluminescent coating similar to glow-in-the-dark paint creates ethereal looking lines that get charged by sunlight.

This appears to be similar to the road design carried out by Netherlands, recently to paint their mountain roads.
Read Team-BHP discussion on the same here: http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/intern...therlands.html (Glow-in-the-dark road debuts in the Netherlands!)

It is said to cost Rs 11-15 per km to build a regular highway in the hilly areas.
The luminous highways will not only help save precious energy consumed by street lights but also make the roads safer.

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According to a government study, the energy consumption on public lighting will double to 13.2 (terawatt-hours) TWh by 2020 from the level in 2010. Street lights have high hours of use as they are on for over 4,000 hours per year and consume a lot of energy.
The government is also planning to make rumple strips running along the lanes mandatory to alert drivers.
Source: http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/...w/48353049.cms

Some technical info from the project: https://www.studioroosegaarde.net/pr...-highway/info/

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Wow, a nice initiative by the Govt if it really sees the light (pun intended)!

On the other hand, won't this make a good item for pilferage? You know how Indians are ...
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What a waste of my tax money. The glow strips will be useless given the abuse of high-beams on our roads. And the rumble strips will be made irrelevant by truckers parked on the road side.
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It is said to cost Rs 11-15 per km to build a regular highway in the hilly areas.
Is road laying so cheap that too on a hilly area ?
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Is road laying so cheap that too on a hilly area ?
I am sure that's an error.

Road laying is generally about Rs 1-10 crores per km.
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Is road laying so cheap that too on a hilly area ?
If it is done by school kids then yes, given how uneven most of the newly laid out roads are i guess that figure makes sense.

The idea is good and would make sense to implement, may be it will also ensure drivers use low beams a lot more but then again with so much debri lying around in the middle of the roads, creater size holes and poorely maintained rear lights on commercial vehicles, i would assume that is not happening anytime soon.
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I don't think it ever caught on in the Netherlands are even got past the experimental stage.
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Aren't the metal cased reflectors a cheap option? Obviously you don't need lights eminating from any such things as vehicle lights will be sufficient for reflection.
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Is the decision to get this for hilly roads correct at first place? Hilly roads are mostly covered with trees and sun light availability in day time won't be enough to power them to ensure they glow through the night. I feel this attempt itself is intended towards scrapping this project.
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I do not see any significant safety enhancement with this. Instead of this , a proper street light will be more effective.This is sheer waste of tax payers money and potential opportunity for babus and netas to make money . Another scandal in the near future ? A well lit , well planned ,pothole free highway is what we all ask for.
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I wrote to the people who have developed this glow in the dark paint some months back asking them what they think about coming to India.
As of now they are not ready with the product for large scale application but will be ready with it some time next year.
Apart from just using it on highways it is great for internal roads, colonies, parking lots and any place that has vehicular movement but the cost of electrification is not feasible or not justified.
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