Setu Bharatam Project – Important Points to know about Project

Setu Bharatam Project – Important Points to know about Project

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched 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. This project will be implemented by the Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways.PM Narendra Modi launches Setu Bharatam Project

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 that are over 50 to 60 years old will be overhauled at an estimated expenditure of Rs 30,000 crore across the country.

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The Indian Bridge Management System has been introduced to map all 1,50,000 bridges in the country. So far inventory of 50,000 bridges has been prepared under it and the first cycle of condition survey will be completed by June 2016.

In Budget 2016-17, Rs. 19,000 crore has been sanctioned under the Pradham Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY), to connect all villages with roads, compared with Rs. 14,291 crore in the revised estimates of 2015-16.