Launching an ambitious Rs 50,800-crore Setu Bharatam project to ensure highways without railway crossings by 2019 and overhaul of 1,500 British-era bridges, the Prime Minister said his government is committed to speeding up all projects related to infrastructure.
"Our endeavour is for a quantum jump (in infrastructure), for a breakthrough, for fast-tracking projects. Infrastructure plays the same role for the nation as arteries play in a human body and thus, making it sound is quintessential," PM Modi said at the launch.
Lauding Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari for 'pioneering work' in infrastructure, Modi said infrastructure plays a pivotal role in the country's growth and a comprehensive integrated approach has been initiated.
He added that the government's emphasis is not just on 'highways, but on I-ways (Information ways) and railways'. Normally, governments are in the habit of doing incremental work only, but the approach of the current one is different, PM Modi asserted, adding that it is driven by long-term growth and is working to satisfy the long-felt aspirations of people.
Under the Setu Bharatam project, a total of 208 railway crossings will be replaced by rail over bridges (ROBs) by 2019 at an estimated cost of Rs 20,800 crore while 1,500 bridges of the British era will be overhauled at an estimated expenditure of Rs 30,000 crore across the country.

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