Union Minister of Road Transport Shipping Nitin
Gadkari has said that the Centre has approved projects mostly on the road
transport front to the tune of more than one Lakh crore rupees for Tamil Nadu.
projects will cover the Highways, Shipping and Port and for finding a permanent
solution to the irrigation and drinking water requirements of the state.
was addressing a joint press conference with Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi
K. Palaniswami after a review meeting of Central and State government on
announced 40,000 crore rupees worth of Road and Highway projects approved at
the meeting. He outlined the proposed projects with details of the financial
Nadu Chief Minister Eddapadi K. Palaniswamy said that the meeting was fruitful
and thanked the Union Minister for largely accepting projects and programmes
put forward by the state government.
Union Minister of State for Finance and
Shipping, P. Radhakrishnan and state Transport Minister Shri.
M.R.Vijayabhaskar, senior officials of Centre and State governments were
present at the three hour long review exercise.
Focusing on the decongestion of Chennai
Traffic, Mr Gadkari said three New Elevated Corridors have been approved first
being the Tambaram- Chengelpatu at a cost of Rs 2250 crores, Poonamalee-
Maduravoyal Corridor with an outlay of Rs 1500 crores and the Tiruvallur
Corridor budgeted at Rs 1000 crore. He also said that Tambaram- Vandalur
,Vandalur -Guduvanchery section of the Highway will be upgraded to eight lane
Highway with a budget of 72 crores which will also solve the traffic congestion
at the Grand trunk road going to south Tamil Nadu from Chennai city.
The Chennai- Bengaluru Expressway is
being taken at a projected cost of 20,000 crore rupees and will boost
industrialisation and development activities along the Express way. The
Minister requested the Tamil Nadu Government to earnestly take up land
acquisition, shifting of utilities to help timely starting of the project. The
project has been delayed by over three years because of the problems in the
land acquisition front in Tami Nadu. The expressway will reduce the journey
time from Chennai to Bengaluru to less than three hours.
The Minister said to ease the congestion
in the extended suburban areas of Chennai, approval has been given for six
laning of the Koyambedu- Poonamalee -Wallajahpet road at a cost of 1500 crores.
Listing the new projects to be awarded
this year, Mr Gadkari said Tiruchi-Chidambaram Highway project is being taken
up with a budgeted outlay of Rs 4000 crore, while the Villupuram- Nagapattinam
section is being upgraded at a cost of Rs 6000 crore rupees. Other projects to
be approved include Chennai- TADA Rs 500 crore.
Elaborating on the Bhartmala project that
links port terminals to the hinterland, he said six projects are being taken up
the major one being Nagapattinam to Tuticorin (355 kms ), Madurai- Kollam
(62kms) Vellakoil-Erode (71kms), Madurai-Natham (38kms), Madurai -Theni(44kms)
and Musiri -Namakkal (44kms). Along with these, the ring road development will
be taken up in Madurai, Tiruchi and Salem.
A sum of Rs. 2000 crore has also been
sanctioned to the State PWD to develop the Dindigul-Kottampati road into a
National Highway. 1300 kms of State Highways are being upgraded to National
Highways in the state. The state highways being upgraded include Perambalur-
Attur (55kms), Salem-Vanniyampadi (141kms), Thoppur- Mettur-Erode
a bid to reduce traffic accidents, the Centre is funding 2300 crore rupees to
take preventive measures in 61 identified black spots where there are frequent
accidents take place. Tamil nadu records the highest number of road accidents
in the country.
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.
On the Shipping front, the Minister said
Tamil Nadu is only state with three major ports and said these would be
enhanced to facilitate exports and industrialisation, and value addition under
the Sagarmala programme.
Coal movement from Orissa through Paradip
to Ennore and Tuticorin will significantly reduce the logistics cost of coal.
He hoped to improve the coal handling productivity in all three ports. Coastal
movement of petroleum products, LPG and automobiles is the lifeline of the
industry of Tamil Nadu.
Referring to Tuticorin port,Mr Gadkari
said the draft is to be increased from the present 14m to 16.5 meters at a cost
of Rs.3000 crore rupees and this would help the port to handle 1,30,000 tonnage
vessels from the present capacity of 60,000 tonnage ships. This would reduce
the logistic cost by 30 percent.
He said coastal movement of containers
from Chennai to Puducherry will commence soon and this would reduce the
congestion on this road sector. Dredging operation in the Puducherry port has
The Minister said a Passenger ferry
services between Kanyakumari and Rameshwaram and between Kanyakumari and Thiruvananthapuram
are being planned and urged private operators to come forward and participate
in the project, stating that the centre would provide full support.
Coastal berths are being built at
Cuddalore at a cost of Rs 115 crore and similar facilities are coming at
Chennai and Tuticorin ports.
The Minister said that as the Prime
Minister has assured a doubling of income of farmers by 2022, the present NDA
government has taken up the interlinking of river projects and has given
priority to the water scare southern states. The Minister said Water resources
ministry has therefore decided on transfer of surplus Godavari river waters to
the Cauvery via the Krishna and Pennar Rivers.
He said a meeting of the Chief Ministers
of Andhra Pradesh, Telengana, Kerala and Tamil Nadu will be convened soon to
discuss the project. Initially about
300tmc of water is proposed to be lifted from Godavari River upstream of
Pollavaram project and would be released into the Nagarjuna Sagar Dam on River
Krishna. Further the water would be taken from Krishna up to Somasila project
on river Pennar and from there to Grand Annaicut on the Cauvery.