Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi on Monday reviewed progress of various infrastructure development works being carried out to give a facelift to the city, which is hosting the World Classical Tamil Conference, starting from June 23.

The developmental works, at a cost of about Rs.300 crore, are being carried out under direct supervision of Deputy Chief Minister, M.K. Stalin, with state ministers, heading different committees, overseeing the works from time to time.

The state highways department and electricity board were involved in carrying out road works and they were likely to be completed by June, official sources said.

The five-day conference is being inaugurated by President, Pratibha Patil and special stage at five places would be erected for the VVIPs to witness the procession with 40 floats, displaying the tradition, culture and history of Tamil Nadu.

Railways and Airport Authority of India are also upgrading their various facilities in the railway stations and Airport, in view of the conference, the sources said.

Karunanidhi would head a special session titled ‘Engum Tamil, Ethilum Tamil,’ (Tamil everywhere, Tamil in everything), in which leaders of different political parties are expected to participate, they said.

A stage measuring 80-foot long and 80-foot wide is being erected in a pandal in the size of 4.40 lakh square feet, to accommodate more than 60,000 persons to witness the day-to-day proceedings, the sources said.