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Centre to sanction Rs 1 lakh cr for highways, ports in TN

Centre to sanction Rs 1 lakh cr for highways, ports in TN Centre to sanction Rs 1 lakh cr for highways, ports in TN
Bennie Garza | 24 November, 2017, 03:16

Union Minister for Water Resources Nitin Gadkari said on Thursday that his Ministry was exploring two river-linking projects that would solve Tamil Nadu's water scarcity.The Minister said that he had asked a team of technical experts to look at the proposal.

Gadkari said new road projects worth almost ₹12,000 crore would be sanctioned for Tamil Nadu this year.

The Minister was addressing a joint press conference with Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Shri Edappadi K. Palaniswami after a review meeting of Central and State government. M.R.Vijayabhaskar, senior officials of Centre and State governments also attended the meeting.

Three elevated corridors connecting Chennai with the outskirts costing almost ₹5,000 crore will be sanctioned by the Centre.

Chennai: "GST Road between Tambaram and Vandalur is going to be improved with sanction of Rs 22 crore".

The Chennai- Bengaluru expressway project will be taken up at an estimated cost of Rs 20,000 crore. "We thank the Minister for conceptualising this project", Mr. Palaniswami said.Mr. Gadkari said that water would be taken from the Godavari and Indravati. Poonamallee-Maduravoyal stretch will get Rs 1,500 crore and Chennai-Nellore stretch, Rs 1,000 crore. He said, "Efforts have been taken to transport Maruti and other cars from Kandla to Ennore port through the sea".

Rs. 2000 crore has also been sanctioned to the State PWD to develop the Dindigul-Kottampati road into a National Highway.

Almost 1,300 km of new National Highways will be given for Tamil Nadu at the request of Chief Minister Palaniswami.

The Minister said the DPR for Madurai, Coimbatore and Salem bus ports - terminals with the latest facilities like an airport will be prepared and the report will be submitted soon.

He said, "The elevated corridor between Tambaram and Chengalpet has been sanctioned Rs 2,250 crore". Three major ports in the state would be enhanced to facilitate exports and industrialisation, and value addition under the Sagarmala programme. To increase handling capacity of the Tuticorin port from 60,000 tonnage to 1,30,000, the depth of the port will be increased from 14m to 16.5m at a cost of Rs 3,000 crore. This would reduce the logistic cost by 30 percent, the Union minister said.

C Vijaya Baskar, State Health Minister said, "The fund would also be utilised to purchase necessary modern medical equipment and impart training to government doctors".

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