CHENNAI: PWD and highways minister E V Velu on Thursday said the state government was extending full support to the road infrastructure work undertaken by the Union government in the state. The minister told the district collectors to pay full attention to the execution of projects and bring it to public use speedily.
Velu was speaking at a meeting on “inter-departmental issues” with the officials of National Highways Authority of India in Chennai.
“On his inquiries about the long-pending Tindivanam-Tiruvannamalai-Krishnagiri road project in 2016, Union road transport minister Nitin Gadkari had informed him about the lack of support from the then state government,” an official release quoting Velu said. Highways secretary Dheeraj Kumar, NHAI chief general manager (New Delhi) Prashant G Khodaskar and officials from NHAI, state PWD, highways, Tangedco and forests departments, and contractors were present. The district collectors took part through video-conference.
The implementation of NHAI projects, including Chennai Bengaluru expressway at Rs 4,300 crore, Mamallapuram-Puducherry at Rs 3,228 crore, Vikravandi-Kumbakonam-Thanjavur at Rs 4,314 crore, improvements of road network, land acquisition, shifting of power utilities, road laying in forest areas, availability of sand for road laying were discussed in the meeting, the release said.