Setu Bharatam

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Setu Bharatam
Prime Minister(s)Narendra Modi
Launched4 March 2016; 2 years ago (2016-03-04)

Setu Bharatam was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 4 March 2016 at a budget of 102 billion (US$1.4 billion), with an aim to make all national highways free of railway crossings by 2019.[1]

Project details[edit]

Under the project, as many as 208 rail over and under bridges (ROBs/RUBs) would be constructed at unmanned railway crossings on national highways and 1,500 dilapidated British-era bridges would be widened, rehabilitated or replaced in a phased manner at a cost of 208 billion (US$2.9 billion) and 300 billion (US$4.2 billion), respectively.[2][3]

Setu Bharatam programme aims to make all National Highways free of railway level crossings by 2019. This is being done to prevent the frequent accidents and loss of lives at level crossings. 208 Railway Over Bridges (ROB)/Railway Under Bridges (RUB) will be built at the level crossings at a cost of Rs. 20,800 crore as part of the programme.

The details of 208 Railway Over Bridges are as follows:[4][5]

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

The detailed Project Reports have already been received for 73 ROBs and of these 64 ROBs are expected to be sanctioned with an estimated cost of Rs. 5600 crore. More than 1500 old and worn down bridges will also be improved by replacement/widening/strengthening in a phased manner at a cost of about Rs. 30,000 crore.

The 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. 11 consultancy firms have been appointed for this purpose. Inventorization of 50,000 bridges has been done. The first cycle of the survey is expected to be completed by June 2016.[6][7]

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  1. ^ "PM Narendra Modi launches Setu Bharatam project, vows to improve road transport in India", Zee News, 4 March 2016
  2. ^ "India poised for quantum leap in infra, says Narendra Modi", The Financial Express, 5 March 2016
  3. ^ "Setu Bharatam project to be kicked off on Friday", The Economic Times, 2 March 2016
  4. ^ Firstpost (4 March 2016). "PM Modi launches Rs 50,800 cr Setu Bharatam project, says India poised for a quantum leap in infra". Firstpost.
  5. ^ "Prime Minister Launches Setu Bharatam Programme".
  6. ^ National Bureau. "PM Narendra Modi launches 'Setu Bharatam' project, vows to improve infrastructure". The Hindu.
  7. ^ "PM Modi launches Rs 50,800 cr Setu Bharatam project to ensure highways without railway crossings by 2019". The Indian Express. 4 March 2016.