The Ministry of Road Transport & Highways and the Ministry of Railways have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to pave the way for integrated effort to give a boost to transport infrastructure development in the country.
In the MoU, it has been agreed by both ministries that there shall be coordination between the two those will not levy any charge for supervision, maintenance, departmental charges or land lease on each other. It has also been decided that the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways shall construct complete ROB/RUB (including railway bridge portion) on NH Corridors on single entity basis and cost will be borne by it.
The MOU has been framed in such a way that approval of General Arrangement Drawing (GAD) as well as construction of ROBs/RUBs shall not be hampered due to departmental proceedings. “This MOU will be a milestone in timely replacing all level crossings on NH Corridors by ROBs/RUBs,” said Minister of Road Transport & Highways Nitin Gadkari.
On the occasion, web-based programmes, developed by the Ministry of Railways, for a speedy clearance of various projects of road over/under bridges and track crossing have also been launched. Gadkari asserted that the programmes have been developed for online submission for getting expeditious approval of various drawings related to RoBs/RuB within 60 days.
Minister of Railways Suresh Prabhu said this MoU has been an excellent innovative idea which will go a long way in effectively resolving all the interface issues related to the construction of RoB/RuB on National Highway Corridors. It would give a big boost to infrastructural development in the country and generation of employment, he added.
The MoU was signed by S.K. Pathak, Executive Director, CE (B&SII) of the Ministry of Railways, and A.P. Pathak, Chief Engineer (Bridge) of the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways. The function was attended by key officials of both the ministries.