Two years ago, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Setu Bharatam scheme for building 208 bridges at railway crossings on national highways to ensure safe and smooth flow of traffic. As on February 8, 2018, no bridge has been operationalised under the scheme, and construction work has begun only for 24.
In 2014-15 a total of 130 lives were lost, while 2015-16 saw 58 persons being killed due to the unmanned railway level crossings (URLC). In 2016-17, URLC accidents were 16.23 per cent out of the total consequential train accidents, according to the Ministry of Railways. There were 7,701 URLCs in India as on April 1, 2017.
“Out of 208 railway over bridges (ROBs) identified under Setu Bharatam scheme, General Arrangement Drawings (GADs) for 121 ROBs have been approved by Ministry of Railways so far. 90 ROBs have been sanctioned by this ministry so far and works on 24 ROBs are in progress till date. No ROB included under Setu Bharatam Scheme is commissioned till date,” the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways told The Indian Express on February 8, 2018, in response to queries submitted under the Right to Information Act, 2005.
The roads ministry added: “All efforts are taken to expedite the approval process for remaining ROBs and to start the works for remaining sanctioned ROBs.” On March 4, 2016, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched Setu Bharatam scheme and stated that a good infrastructure network is vital for the growth and development of a nation. Read More…
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