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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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Defence Minister of Japan calls on the Prime Minister
August 20, 2018
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Mr. Itsunori Onodera, Defence Minister of Japan, called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi today. Prime Minister Modi recalled his long association with Japan, since before assuming office as Prime Minister, and welcomed the broadening and deepening of the Special Strategic and Global Partnership between India and Japan in recent years.

Prime Minister Modi said that Defence Cooperation is a key pillar of the relationship between India and Japan. He welcomed the strengthening of various defence dialogue mechanisms between the two countries, and the enhanced linkages between the armed forces of India and Japan. The Prime Minister also appreciated the progress in defence technology cooperation between the two countries.

Prime Minister Modi warmly recalled the successful visit of Mr. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, to India last year, and said that he is looking forward to visiting Japan later this year.