The maiden official visit of chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami to New Delhi is said to have borne fruit. Union minister of road transport, highways and shipping Nitin Gadkari on Tuesday sought the cooperation of the state in implementing several projects that have been on the back burner since the Narendra Modi government took charge. Gadkari impressed upon the state on the implementation of a Rs10,000 crore project to lay a four-lane national highway on the East Coast Road between Chennai and Kanyakumari.
The ambitious programme of the Centre would help ease congestion on other national highways connecting the state capital, but the existing road comes under the jurisdiction of the state. "The upgradation will improve the coastal circuit, which has a number of tourist attractions. There is lot of scope for improvement to the road network in the state if this coastal route is developed. The sections are to be uniformly upgraded to cater to the large vehicular movement," Union minister Pon Radhakrishnan told TOI. The state relies heavily on National Highways 45 and 7 for heavy vehicular movement.......................Read more
Source: The Times of India