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PM Narendra Modi launches Setu Bharatam Project
Rs. 50,000 crore to be spent to build bridges for safe & seamless travel on National Highways
Setu Bharatam Project: 208 new road over bridges / road under bridges to be constructed
Setu Bharatam Project: 1500 bridges to be widened
Importance of roads for a nation, is the same as the importance of arteries and veins in the human body: PM

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.

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Telephonic conversation between PM Modi and French President Macron
August 16, 2022
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Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi had a telephone conversation today with H. E. Emmanuel Macron, President of the French Republic.

Prime Minister conveyed his solidarity to President Macron for the ongoing drought and wildfires in France.


The leaders reviewed ongoing bilateral initiatives including defence cooperation projects and cooperation in civil nuclear energy.

They also discussed important geopolitical challenges including those related to global food security.

The two leaders expressed satisfaction at the depth and strength that the India-France Strategic Partnership has acquired in recent years and agreed to continue working closely together to expand the relationship to new areas of cooperation.