Setu Bharatam Project – To ensure highways without Railway crossings by 2022

Setu Bharatam Project

Setu Bharatam Project was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 4th March 2016 at a budget of ₹102 billion (Rs 50,800-crore) in New Delhi. The main aim of this project is “to make all national highways free of railway crossings by 2019”. Narendra Modi said that a good infrastructure network is vital for the growth and development of a nation. He stated that to satisfy the aspirations and long felt needs of people it is necessary to bring in a qualitative change and a comprehensive, integrated approach to developing infrastructure in the country.

Under this Setu Bharatam Project, 208 railways over and under bridges (ROBs & RUBs) would be formed at unmanned railway crossings on national highways and 1,500 old British-era bridges would be extended. This Setu Bharatam Scheme is one of the Government Policies launched by Narendra Modi.

The Rs 50,800-crore New Setu Bharatam program aims to make all National Highways free of railway level crossings by 2019. This is being done to halt the many accidents and loss of lives at level crossings. 208 Railway Over Bridges (ROB) or Railway Under Bridges (RUB) will be built at the level crossings at a cost of Rs. 20,800 crore as part of the program.

The complete details of 208 Railway Over Bridges are as follows:

  • 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,
  • Uttarakhand – 2,
  • Uttar Pradesh – 9,
  • West Bengal – 22

The Detailed Setu Bharatam Project Reports have already been received for 73 ROBs and of these 64 ROBs are likely to be confirmed with an estimated cost of Rs. 5600 crore by this financial year i.e. 2015-16. In addition to this, about 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 has already invited tenders for appointing consultancy for preparing Detailed Project Report for this. The target is to award the consultancy work by March 2016.

The Ministry of Road Transport & Highways has also placed 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 incentivization of all bridges on National Highways in India by using Mobile Inspection Units. The 11 consultancy firms have been appointed for this purpose. Till now incentivization of 50,000 bridges has been done. The first cycle of the survey is expected to be completed by June 2016. This database 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.