Coming Soon: Express Highway Between Chennai And Bengaluru
The Centre has sanctioned projects worth over Rs one lakh crore to Tamil Nadu. This includes setting up of three new elevated corridors in the state. Union Minister Gadkari, who handles the portfolios of road transport, highways, shipping and water resources, told reporters on November 23 that the projects also include setting up of an Express Highway between Chennai and Bengaluru.
Similar to the Mumbai-Pune highway, a Chennai-Bengaluru Express Highway is planned at an estimated cost of over Rs 20,000 crore. Stating that land acquisition from the Karnataka government was completed, he said the ministry was awaiting clearance from the Tamil Nadu government.
"Today chief minister (K Palaniswami) assured me that they will expedite the process of land acquisition," he said.
On the proposed elevated corridors, the minister said the first one was the Tambaram-Chengalpattu elevated corridor which will be developed at an estimated cost of Rs 2,250 crore. The other corridors were Poonamalee to Maduravoyal (estimated cost Rs 1,500 crore) and Chennai-Nellore (estimated cost Rs 1,000 crore).
In a bid to reduce the number of such accidents in the state, the ministry would start working on accidental-prone spots and Rs 2,300 crore will be spent for this purpose. He said 61 such accidental spots had been identified across the country.
Gadkari said the government would also set up 'Bus Ports' with international standards in various parts of the country, including Coimbatore and Madurai.
As part of promoting the logistics industry, Gadkari said the ministry was planning to set up logistics parks that would attract investments of Rs two lakh crore.
"One logistic park is being planned in Nemmeli or Mappedu (in Tamil Nadu)", he said.
Referring to the ports sector, he said Tamil Nadu was the only state to have sea front for 1,100 km.
"We will use the three major ports (VOC Port, Kamarajar Port, Chennai Port) for industrialistation that will boost exports of the state," Gadkari said.
Ports in Tamil Nadu, including Ennore, Tuticorin along with JNPT, Paradip and Kandla ports, would be developed to be able to accommodate larger vessels. The ministry also plans to establish fishing harbors at Poompuhar (at a cost of Rs 148 crore) and at Chinna Muttam (at Rs 73.5 crore).
Referring to the fishermen issue in Tamil Nadu, he said the ministry had come with a Rs-200-crore scheme in the first phase in which new vessels could be used by fishermen for taking up deep sea fishing. The vessels could be proceeded up to 30 nautical vessels for fishing, he said.
"The Cochin shipyard is the agency which will manufacture the vessels. (The use of vessels) will start a new era particularly in fishing production," he said.
With this initiative, fish exports could also be done, he said.
Earlier, Gadkari and Chief Minister K Palaniswami reviewed, among others, the status of various ongoing road projects in the state.
With inputs from Housing News