Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched Setu Bharatam Project to make all national highways free of railway crossings by 2019.
This project will be implemented by the Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways.
Under this project
- 208 places have been identified for construction of rail over-bridges (ROB) or underpasses under the project.
- Around 1,500 bridges that are over 50 to 60 years old or of the British era will be overhauled and will be rebuilt.
- More than 50 thousand crore rupees will be spent on the project.
Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways already has launched an Indian Bridge Management System to map 1,50,000 bridges across 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.