Railways to launch web portal to resolve ROB issues with NHAI

In view of delays in construction of road over bridge and road under bridge at level crossings, railways has adopted e-governance route by creating a web portal for sorting out differences with NHAI for execution of such projects.

PTI| Last Updated: Aug 28, 2014, 21:53 PM IST

New Delhi: In view of delays in construction of road over bridge and road under bridge at level crossings, railways has adopted e-governance route by creating a web portal for sorting out differences with NHAI for execution of such projects.

The web portal will have all ROB/RUB related information including the exact location of the level crossing on the rail network, volume of traffic, design of bridges and other necessary inputs.

The web portal will be launched next week, Railway Board Chairman Arunendra Kumar said.

Construction of ROB and RUB are important for railways as maximum train accidents take place at unmanned crossings. The difference of opinion between railways and NHAI also come in the way of expansion of highways.

"With the launching of website we are hoping that construction of ROB/RUB will be faster as all related information and status report will be available online and there will be less possibility of delay over execution," Kumar said.

The application for seeking permission to construct the bridge over the track, design of the bridge and awarding contract will be put on the portal. It will save a lot of time as everything will be online, he said.

The national transporter, despite financial constraints, has set an ambitious target of eliminating 10,797 level crossings during the 12th five-year plan (2012-17) and not adding any new level crossing to the rail network in future.

Currently, railways has 31,254 level crossings and around 40 per cent of these are unmanned.