Today, The Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched Rs 50,000-crore “Setu Bharatam” programme to build bridges for safe and seamless travel on National Highways. With this the government aims to make all national highways free of railway crossings by 2019.
Under this project, 208 new road over bridges or road under bridges places have been identified for construction and nearly 10200 crore rupees will be spent on it. While around 1500 bridges will be widened, rehabilitated or replaced that are over 50 to 60 years old. The cost of rebuilding the old bridges is expected to be about 30000 crore rupees.
The Prime Minister spoke of the Government’s initiatives in other infrastructure sectors as well, including railways, irrigation and digital connectivity. He said that developing rural roads is a priority for the government and it has got huge budgetary support this year. In Budget 2016-17, Rs. 19,000 crore has been sanctioned under the Pradham Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY), to connect all villages with roads, compared with Rs. 14,291 crore in the revised estimates of 2015-16.
So lets discuss some questions related to this article which can be asked in the upcoming exams :
1. Name the person who has launched the Rs. 50,000 Cr. Setu Bharatam Project ?
2. What is target year to make all national highways free of railway crossing by 2019 ?
3. What amount has been sanctioned under the PMGSY in the Budget 2016-17 ?
4. Expand the term PMGSY ?
Courtesy : The Hindu