The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today launched “Setu Bharatam” – an ambitious programme with an investment of Rs. 50,000 crore to build bridges for safe and seamless travel on National Highways.
The programme aims at making all national highways Railway Level Crossing free by 2019.
208 new “road over bridges / road under bridges” are envisaged for construction, while 1500 bridges will be widened, rehabilitated or replaced.
Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister said that the Union Government wishes to make a quantum jump in this direction. Emphasizing the importance of good infrastructure for the development of the country, he said the importance of roads for a nation, is the same as the importance of arteries and veins in the human body.
The Prime Minister spoke of the Government’s initiatives in other infrastructure sectors as well, including railways, irrigation and digital connectivity.
We have taken a comprehensive & integrated approach. We know the problems & we want to change them with strength, not incremental change: PM— PMO India (@PMOIndia) March 4, 2016
When it comes to roads, we need to also think about facilities for people & how our roads can help people in rural areas: PM @narendramodi— PMO India (@PMOIndia) March 4, 2016
This infrastructure will give speed and strength to the development of India: PM @narendramodi inaugurates Setu Bharatam Project— PMO India (@PMOIndia) March 4, 2016
Rural roads have got lot of resources in this year's Budget. This is a focus area for us: PM @narendramodi— PMO India (@PMOIndia) March 4, 2016
We've changed the way railway sector is looked at and how change can be brought about in that sector: PM @narendramodi— PMO India (@PMOIndia) March 4, 2016