Prime Minister launched Setu Bharatam project to make National Highways free of Railway crossings

Mar 4, 2016 11:00 IST

Setu Bharatam projectPrime Minister Narendra Modi on 4 March 2016 launched the Setu Bharatam project. The project aims to make all national highways free of Railway crossings by 2019.

Under the project, 208 places have been identified for construction of rail over-bridges (ROB) or underpasses. Nearly 10200 crore rupees will be spent on it.

The details of 208 ROBs are as follows in descending order

  • Andhra Pradesh - 33
  • West Bengal - 22
  • Bihar - 20
  • Karnataka - 17
  • Maharashtra & Assam - 12 each
  • Jharkhand - 11
  • Punjab & Haryana - 10 each
  • Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu & Uttar Pradesh - 9 each
  • Gujarat - 8
  • Madhya Pradesh -6
  • Chattisgarh & Himachal Pradesh - 5 each
  • Kerala & Odisha - 4 each
  • Utarakhand - 2

Detailed Project Reports have already been received for 73 ROBs and of these 64 ROBs are likely to be sanctioned with an estimated cost of 5600 crore rupees by the end of financial year 2015-16.

As per Road and transport Ministry, there are around 1500 bridges that are over 50 to 60 years old. The Ministry has prepared a plan to demolish such bridges and rebuild new ones with more capacity. The cost of rebuilding the old bridges is expected to be about 30000 crore rupees.

Further, the Union Ministry of Road Transport & Highways has also established an Indian Bridge Management System (IBMS) at the Indian Academy for Highway Engineer in Noida, U.P. The aim is to carry out conditions survey and inventorization of all bridges on National Highways in India by using Mobile Inspection Units.

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