PM Narendra Modi has launched an ambitious Rs 50,800-crore Setu Bharatam project to ensure National Highways without railway crossings by 2019 and overhaul of 1,500 British-era bridges.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.
“Veins give strength to our body. Similarly, infrastructure will give speed and strength to the development of India. There will be progress if we focus on building road and railway network, optical fibre network, water, grid and electricity connectivity along with electricity supply. ” PM Modi
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. Data base will be the largest of its kind and will also help in smoothening the movement of Over-Dimension and Over-Weight consignments on National Highways.
Union Budget proposal on Investments and infrastructure
- Rs. 27,000 crore to be spent on roadways.
- 65 eligible habitats to be connected via 2.23 lakh kms of road. Current construction pace is 100 kms/day.
- Rs. 55,000 crore for roads and highways. Total allocation for road construction, including PMGSY, - Rs 97,000 crore.
- New greenfield ports to be developed on east and west coasts.
- Revival of underserved airports Centre to Partner with States to revive small airports for regional connectivity.
- 100 per cent FDI in marketing of food products produced and marketed in India.