In a major development to improve the road and rail infrastructure across the country for the benefit of the rail and road users, both transport ministry and Indian Railways have recently resolved their differences over the funding of these projects and that the road ministry has set in motion construction of 200 rail over bridges (RoBs) to replace level crossings on the national highways in the country, said official sources, claiming that the mega project, which entailed an investment worth Rs. 10,000cr, will solely be financed by the road ministry.
As a matter of fact, the requirement of building of RoBs was felt long back but the project remained in the pipeline and never gathered momentum primarily because of the funding issues between the two departments.
They said adding that now the problem has been resolved amicably, the transport ministry has decided to build all the 200 RoBs and that half of them are likely to be constructed in the current fiscal itself and the remaining bridges will be constructed next financial year. The RoBs projects generally require Rs. 50cr to construct one project and since they are being awarded on the EPC model in one go, no cabinet clearance is required. Moreover the commissioning of these projects will not just ensure hassle free vehicular traffic movement on the national highways, but also ensure accident free level crossings as they over the decades have virtually become death traps for the travelling masses.