TN urges Centre to fasttrack highway projects in State

E V Velu

Chennai: Tamilnadu Highways Minister E V Velu made a slew of requests to the Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari, including speedy implementation of proposed expansion of roads.

The other requests include declaration of eight roads running for about 500 kms as national highways and approval for elevated corridors and half-ring road projects in the State. ‘The Union minister has assured support to the State,’ Velu told reporters in the capital.

During his meeting with the Union Minister, which saw the participation of officials from the Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways and Tamil Nadu’s Highways Department, Velu discussed various schemes being implemented in the State and also the cooperation being extended for the projects, an official release said.

The eight roads are Tiruvannamalai-Kallakurichi, Vallioor-Tiruchendur, Kollegal-Hanur-MM Hills-Palar Road-TN border extended upto Mettur, Palani-Dharapuram, Arcot-Tindivanam, Mettupalayam-Bhavani, Avinashi-Mettupalayam and Bhavani-Karur.

The meeting comes more than a month after Chief Minister M K Stalin assured Gadkari his government’s ‘full cooperation’ to the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) to expedite all the pending highway projects and works in Tamilnadu.