Public Works Department (PWD) Minister Rajesh Munat on Tuesday said that Rs53 crore had been spent in constructing 16 important bridges in 2016-17.

    Many crucial big and small bridges had been built providing an easy access to the remote areas of the State, he said.

    The PWD has also built 18 Railways over and under bridges in high density traffic areas in the State involving a cost of Rs300 crore during the past 13 years, officials informed.

    Munat informed that currently, five key Railway over and under bridges are under construction at a cost of Rs222 crores in Raipur, Bilaspur and Janjgir-Champa districts.The bridges are coming up at Shankar Nagar, Kashiram Nagar, Lal Kadan, Khoksa and Champa.

    Notably, the Chhattisgarh Government in May last year also announced that it will take up construction of 63 long-span bridges under ‘Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana’ (PMGSY) in different districts of the State, officials informed.

    On the other hand, as per Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visionary ‘Setu Bharatam Yojana’, the State Public Work Department (PWD) has initiated efforts for construction of over-bridges and under-bridge at railway crossing across the State for ensuring smooth and accident-free vehicular movement, officials stated.

    In the State Budget 2016-17, Chief Minister Raman Singh has included the proposal of as many as five railway over-bridges in ‘Setu Bharatam Yojana’ for reconstruction of railway level-crossings, old and narrow-bridges falling on national highways, informed officials, adding that of five bridges, two over-bridges will be constructed between Manendragarh and Ambikapur, two between Mahasamund and Kharir Road (Odisha) and one railway over-bridge at village Keshloor in Bastar district.

    For construction of four railway under-bridges and four railway over-bridges, the Chief Minister has made a financial provision of Rs13.16 crore from the Department’s general expenditure head in this budget, said Munat.

    He said that the construction of these eight railway bridges will be costing Rs54.71 crore, of which Rs36.55 crore would be the estimated expenditure for construction of four over-bridges while Rs18.16 crore will be required in construction of four under-bridges.

    Similarly, the Chief Minister had announced to carry out a survey for construction of over and under-bridges at 41 railway level-crossings on Raigarh-Dongargarh route. The survey work is going to cost Rs1.05 crore.

    Notably, the project aims to make all national highways free from railway level crossing by 2019 to ensure road safety. Under the project, 208 bridges will be built at a cost of Rs20,800 crore. Also, 1500 old bridges will be reconstructed, which will cost Rs30,000 crore.

    As many as 29 Road Over Bridges (RoBs) have also been sanctioned by the Central government during the current financial year under South East Central Railway (SECR) division.

    At present, there are 1,156 sanctioned works for construction of 1,399 ROBs across the country, officials stated.

    Fund for construction of Road Over Bridges (ROBs)/Road Under Bridges (RUBs)/Subways; elimination of level crossings and other safety works related to level crossings come from Central Road Fund (CRF) as a percentage of cess collected on petrol and diesel by Union Ministry of Finance.

    A provision of Rs4180.87 crore has been made for South East Central Railway (SECR) in the Union Railway budget to provide a further boost to its development activities. Boston Red Sox Authentic Jersey

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