PM Modi launches Rs 50,800 cr Setu Bharatam project to ensure highways without railway crossings by 2019

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said India is set to take a quantum leap in infrastructure and the government is committed to strengthening it.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: March 4, 2016 7:05 pm
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India is set for a quantum leap in infrastructure and concerted efforts are being made to bolster growth in highways, I-ways and railways, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Friday.

Launching an ambitious Rs 50,800-crore Setu Bharatam project to ensure highways without railway crossings by 2019 and overhaul of 1,500 British-era bridges, the Prime Minister said his government is committed to speeding up all projects related to infrastructure.

“Our endeavour is for a quantum jump (in infrastructure), for a breakthrough, for fast-tracking projects. Infrastructure plays the same role for the nation as arteries play in a human body and thus, making it sound is quintessential,” Modi said at the launch.

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Lauding Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari for “pioneering work” in infrastructure, Modi said infrastructure plays a pivotal role in the country’s growth and a comprehensive integrated approach has been initiated.

He added that the government’s emphasis is not just on “highways, but on I-ways (Information ways) and railways”.

Normally, governments are in the habit of doing incremental work only, but the approach of the current one is different, Modi asserted, adding that it is driven by long-term growth and is working to satisfy the long-felt aspirations of people.

Under the Setu Bharatam project, a total of 208 railway crossings will be replaced by rail over bridges (ROBs) by 2019 at an estimated cost of Rs 20,800 crore while 1,500 bridges of the British era will be overhauled at an estimated expenditure of Rs 30,000 crore across the country.

The Prime Minister said that for the first time all bridges in the country are being mapped, in an oblique reference to the previous administration for not having any such database in place.

The Indian Bridge Management System has been introduced to map all 1,50,000 bridges in the country.

Modi, in his trademark style, added: “No body knows which bridge is where. Imagine how works were being done. I am not blaming any elected body for this or any Prime Minister or ministers. This is the flaw of the system. We didn’t accord priority to these things…”

In a first, he said, gradation of bridges is being done through space technology with information like age, longitude, latitude, length, material and design.

Modi singled out the previous land acquisition system for highways, saying expansion of projects to two lanes and four lanes was not possible due to rampant encroachments, which were allowed with an eye on elections.

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    Jonnalagadda Achyutananda
    Mar 5, 2016 at 10:35 am
    Most of the national highways have flyovers on railines or being constructed.if state high ways also have this road transport will become fast.cynics may say it is bluff , but it's
    1. A
      Mar 4, 2016 at 10:15 am
      I love the comment from Mr Sarthak, re-posting with your kind permission sir, about Mr Modijee "Bhai log "ye bahut lambi race kaa ghodaa hai". In our country we need marathon race leader who sets it on right track...not a 100m race short term bijli paani aalu pyaaz sickular gareebi hataao (from his bedroom) thinker"
      1. A
        Mar 4, 2016 at 4:55 pm
        If this is not development than what is. It is a shame that Indian media concentrates on kitchen politics of the worst kind and not on reality of the development that is defining this government.
        1. M
          Mar 4, 2016 at 10:04 am
          All the stink tanks from the past were saying Modi has centralized power in his hand and no one can say or do anything! Now it appears even Ministers in Modi Team are capable of doing in one year what the Group Of Ministers (GOM - an hall mark of last Govt.) could not do in 10 years! Inviting objection to this comment.
          1. M
            Mar 4, 2016 at 9:46 am
            How come India can now find so much money in contrast to what was happening even 5 years before?
            1. A
              Mar 4, 2016 at 9:26 am
              First tell about depriving condition of minorities and answer rohith death, you are making promises just to divert attention
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                Deepak sharma
                Mar 4, 2016 at 9:35 am
                Poverty can not be removed by subsidies and government schemes. Poverty can only be removed by mive industrialization and nfrastructure growth. Europe and America removed poverty by heavy industrialization and infrastructure growth .I wish that this project becomes a success.
                1. S
                  Mar 4, 2016 at 10:47 am
                  yeah that's what the do a@@LH h@ ak@@r and KA BOOM KA BOMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM across world
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