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
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      Ajayan
      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"
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        Anonymous
        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.
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          MyTake
          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.
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            MyTake
            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?
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              Asif
              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.
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                  Shuchit
                  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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                    Raghu Panjala
                    Mar 4, 2016 at 2:29 pm
                    All Previous govts take up Develpment projects, but None over sell as Modi does. In Hyd, u remove Temple encroachment , u will be killed by BJP. BJP where ever opposition works for encroaching lands ,for temples ,now they talk of that ?
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                      Prakash Gotimukul
                      Mar 4, 2016 at 10:41 am
                      Indians shd first learn to appreciate when somebody is doing good work. We can criticise if something is not done properly. Not out of grudge that they have won and you have lost............but some leaders think they are bestowed with all knowledge and can criticise anybody without doing anything in their life..
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                        politicalonion
                        Mar 4, 2016 at 9:57 am
                        As an Indian I believe if he rules for 15 years, India will become a middle level economy.
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                          Ind
                          Mar 4, 2016 at 9:35 am
                          Bhai Koun kisko mar raha hai our kitne mar rahe hai, In w world India is the one holy place that every one can lead a life peacefully with the respect. Why you guys always feels negativity on NAMO, That 2002 incident have created by fake pressute and now also they seems more hungry on Negative News for their sake of TRP.
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                            Indian
                            Mar 4, 2016 at 1:08 pm
                            Mr Prime Minister Dahisar check naka ka bhi kuch karo. Aam aadmi ki halat kharab ho jati hai usko cross karne mein.
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                              Jagdish Saigal
                              Mar 4, 2016 at 12:05 pm
                              Very happy with this announcement. Similar bold step is required in the fields of health, education and skill development.
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                                BharatK
                                Mar 4, 2016 at 9:24 am
                                "No body knows which bridge is where. " Remote sensing, GPS, and geo-information technology must be combined to map them, and put in record as publicaitons.
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                                  BharatK
                                  Mar 4, 2016 at 9:22 am
                                  Keep up the good work, for the nation and the people. We are with you, always. Each and every corner of Bharat/India must be linked and networked.
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                                    BharatK
                                    Mar 4, 2016 at 2:53 pm
                                    Yes, srividya did perhaps what I did.
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                                      KS KUMAR
                                      Mar 4, 2016 at 4:10 pm
                                      Barkha, Rajdeep or Choubey can never say the significance of this project.
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                                        lakshmi badrinath
                                        Mar 4, 2016 at 10:43 am
                                        Modiji is busy changing face of India while media isbusy with stupid Kanhiya and their ilk
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                                          minutha karkera
                                          Mar 4, 2016 at 9:31 am
                                          Keep applying burnol your condition youself to blame by voting your hi everytime pay the price for that and not talk about miniorty conditions
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                                            MK Vyas
                                            Mar 4, 2016 at 10:41 am
                                            Forget about railway crossings. First make road motarable. National highways in MP are in very bad shape. State highways are better.
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