Thiruvananthapuram | Describing Kerala as the ‘most backward’ in implementation of various road projects, Union minister for Road, Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari today said the Centre was prepared to provide Rs 20,000 crore to the state for developing its roads.
I am offering Rs 20,000 crore to the state government. Let them select the roads and give it to me, Gadkari, who was here for a private function, told media personnel. The minister blamed the state for being ‘most backward’ in implementation of road projects. Money would not be a major issue in taking up road projects, he said.
Centre announces Rs 10,000 crore road projects for TN
Suchindrum (Kannyakumari) | Union Minister for Road Transport, Highways and Shipping Nitin Gadkari today announced Rs 10,000 crore worth new road projects for Tamil Nadu for the current financial year.
Launching ten road development projects worth Rs 3,000 crore in southern districts of Tamil Nadu at a function here, the Minister said the Centre would sacntion 571 km of new highways in the state under the Bharat Mala project connecting district headquarters with existing national highways. Besides, 81 km road would be developed under the project to give importance to religious tourism.
He said the four-lane work of Kannyakumari to Kerala border with a total distance of 56 km would be taken up this year itself with a total outlay of Rs 850 crore.
”If the state government cooperates with the land acquisition formalities, the work could be started even before that,” he said, adding that the farmers whose land would be taken over the project would be provided compensation as the new land acquisition act.
The Minister, who also laid foundation stone for a new bridge to replace 1928 bridge across Suchindrum Pazhayar river on the NH47, said the government wanted to give utmost priority to road development. ”When the Narendra Modi government assumed power, the rate of national highway development was two km a day. Now it is 14 km a day and we want to achieve 30 km a day in the next two years.”
Stating that land acquisition was a major hurdle for road development, he pointed out that the Centre was read to give Rs 1,000 crore to the neighbouring Kerala. But land was a major problem there. ”In such a situation, we suggest development of water ways. As many as 101 water ways projects are under the active consideration of the Centre. The water transport is found to be very cheap and it has a huge potential to change the economy of a state,” he added.
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