Centre Sanctions Rs 972 Crore for Roads Development in Rajasthan | 16 Mar 2024

Why in News?

Recently, Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari has sanctioned 972.80 crore rupees for widening roads in Rajasthan.

Key Points

  • The amount has been sanctioned for widening and strengthening work of 31 major district roads and State Highways.
  • Rs 384.56 crore have been sanctioned for construction work of 7 Road Over Bridge/Road Under Bridge/Flyovers in various districts under Central Road and Infrastructure Fund (CRIF) Setu Bandhan Yojana.

Setu Bandhan Yojana

  • The "Setu Bandhan Scheme" is a program initiated by the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways, aimed at facilitating the construction of Rail Over Bridges (ROBs), Rail Under Bridges (RUBs), and Bridges on State Roads.
  • This program is designed to enhance road safety by replacing existing level crossings with bridges, ultimately reducing accidents at these locations.

Central Road and Infrastructure Fund (CRIF)

  • The Central Road and Infrastructure Fund (earlier known as Central Road Fund) was established in 2000 under Central Road Fund Act, 2000.
  • The fund comprises a cess imposed along with excise duty on petrol and diesel.
  • The administrative control of the CRIF falls under the Ministry of Finance.
  • Earlier it was under the domain of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways.