Chidambaram assures infrastructure development assistance in Tamil Nadu

November 14th, 2007 - 10:27 am ICT by admin  

During his interaction with Tamil Nadu Chief MInister M.Karunanidhi, Chidambaram discussed various aspects concerning the infrastructure development of the state.

“We discussed about repair, restoration and renovation of the water bodies. We need to work on roads, generally, the problems which I am able to see when I travel districts specially in my constituency for the feedback from the people.”

He was, however, particularly critical about the condition of the roads in the state. He said that if the State Government targetted three areas, the conditions of roads could improve.

First, he said, is the technical design of roads, which must take into account the local climatic conditions. Second, was to reduce water stagnation and third was that infrastructure should be based on sound technical design.

Regarding the metro rail project for Chennai, Chidambaram said that the Central Government had cleared the project for Hyderabad and Bangalore and the same would be applicable for the Chennai metro project too.

The Chennai metro is a much-awaited project for the city, aimed at reducing traffic snarls in the southern metropolis.

Tamil Nadu is served by an extensive road network in terms of its spread and quality, providing links between urban centers, agricultural market-places and rural habitations in the countryside. There are 24 national highways in the state, covering a total distance of 2,002 km.

The state is also a terminus for the Golden Quadrilateral project that is scheduled to complete in 2008. The state has a total road length of 167,000 km, of which 60,628 km are maintained by Highways Department.

This is nearly 2.5 times higher than the density of all-India road network. It is currently working on upgrading its road network, though the pace of work is considered slow.(ANI)

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