INDIA : Setu Bharatam: Bridging the gaps in Indian Railways Infrastructure

Setu Bharatam aims to get rid of all unmanned railway level crossings dotting National Highways by 2019, which will improve road safety standards, ease traffic conditions on roads, and improve our infrastructural network.

On March 4, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched a very important project called Setu Bharatam which is said to be a quantum leap for the infrastructure in India. This ambitious project will include:

1. Replacing 208 railway crossings with Rail Over Bridges (ROBs) or Railway Under Bridges (RUBs) by 2019 at an estimated expenditure of Rs 20,800 crore, annd
2. Overhauling 1,500 British-era bridges at an estimated expenditure of Rs 30,000 crore which may include widening them, rehabilitating them or replacing them.

The total expenditure on the project is estimated to be Rs 50,800 crores.

According to the NCRB (National Crime Records Bureau), a total of 2,547 railway crossing accidents led to 2,575 deaths and 126 injuries across India in 2014. Experts have been suggesting that elimination of accidents at level crossings will bring the death toll statistics on Indian Railways by over 50%!

Setu Bharatam aims to get rid of all unmanned railway level crossings dotting National Highways by 2019, which will improve road safety standards, ease traffic conditions on roads, and improve our infrastructural network.

Recently, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has launched an Indian Bridge Management System which will map the condition of 1,50,000 bridges across India through mobile inspection units. By June 2016, condition of 50,000 bridges will be included in its inventory.

208 railway level crossings that will be replaced by ROBs or RUBs are distributed as follows: 33 in Andhra Pradesh, 12 in Assam, 20 in Bihar, 5 in Chhattisgarh, 8 in Gujarat, 10 in Haryana, 5 in Himachal Pradesh, 11 in Jharkhand, 17 in Karnataka, 4 in Kerala, 6 in Madhya Pradesh, 12 in Maharashtra, 4 in Odisha, 10 in Punjab, 9 in Rajasthan, 9 in Tamil Nadu, 2 in Uttarakhand, 9 in Uttar Pradesh, and 22 in West Bengal.

The construction of some of the bridges has already started.

It is encouraging to see Indian improving step by step. What are you doing to make India better?

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