The Union government is getting ministries and departments to work together to get things moving even though big-bang infrastructure initiatives have remained elusive. The often feuding railways and highways ministries, for instance, have decided to develop templates for railway overbridges, differences have stalled these projects, and waive off maintenance charges to expedite their completion.
For starters, the road developers struggling to get the designs of the rail overbridges would be able to get faster approvals. The Railway Board is developing a web portal which will upload generic design templates for such bridges so that companies can follow a standard model.
There are over 180 such bridges pending government approval, according to the federation´s data, which have stalled the projects. The National Highways Authority is providing its feedback to the railway board on these designs.