The origin of Indian Roads Congress (IRC) the apex body of road sector engineers and professionals in the country can be traced back to the Road Development Committeeset up under the Chairmanship of Shri M.R. Jayakkar in 1927 by the then Government of India, which recommended for periodical holding of road conferences to discuss the issues related to road construction, maintenance & development. The first such Road Conference was held in April, 1930. Subsequently with the formalization of Road Fund, creation of a wider and permanent organization in place of Periodical Road Conferences was felt and thus, the IRC came into being.
The inaugural meeting of IRC was held at the Town Hall, New Delhi on Monday the 10th December 1934 under the chairmanship of Mr. D.G.Mitchell, Secretary to the then Govt. of India in the department of Industries and Labour, Public Works Branch. This meeting was attended by 73 Engineers, from all parts of the then India. This marked the birth of the Indian Roads Congress.
When the activities of the IRC expanded, IRC was formally registered as a society on 24th September 1937 under the Societies Registration Act of 1860.
Starting with a modest membership of 73 in 1934, the IRC has more than five million associates (direct/indirect) and over 16,700 registered members comprising of engineers & professionals of all Stakeholders of road sector from Central and State Governments, Public Sector, Research Institutions, Local bodies, Private sector, Concessionaires, Contractors, Consultants, Equipment manufacturers Machinery manufacturers, Material producers & suppliers, Industrial Associations, Multilateral & Institutional organization like World Bank, ADB, JICA, JRA, IRF etc.
-To be the Nation’s mostrepresentative professional, multifaceted transnational institution, committed to take into cognizance the globally best practices and pool collective wisdom to promote the use of Standard Specifications conforming to cutting edge technologies for construction and maintenance of roads, bridges and road transportation.
-To focus on effective transport system aiming of zero road crash fatalities and contribute to the economic growth and quality of life.
-To align itself to global initiatives of environmental strategy for promotion of cleaner, less energy intensive and less polluting construction techniques, use of recycled wastes; minimize drawing of natural resources and encourage the profession to aim at earning carbon credit in life cycle analysis for construction/transportation projects under Environment Management Plan (EMP).
-To be the lead National Forum for sharing of knowledge and to pool their experiences and expertise collectively on the entire range of subjects related with road sector including the connected policy issues on road construction and road transportation.
-To promote the use of standard specifications confirming to the cutting edge technologies for construction and maintenance of roads, bridges, tunnels and road transportation.
-To align itself to global initiatives of environmental strategy for promotion of cleaner, less energy intensive and less polluting construction techniques, use of recycled wastes; minimize drawing of natural resources and encourage the profession to aim at earning carbon credit in life cycle analysis for road/transportation projects under Environment Management Plan (EMP).
-To promote efficient and well integrated transport system that serves the public interest by enhancing mobility and delivery safe, secure and environmentally responsible.
-To create mass awareness to follow traffic regulations and ethics thereof.
-To pool knowledge (Library) with exchange facility through web to the reputed national and international organizations engaged in the profession and shared publications and literature conforming to cutting edge technologies.
-To advice regarding planning and design, transportation, legislation and research connected with development and maintenance of roads and road transportation.
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