Roads in Thanjavur will be improved at a cost of Rs. 50 crore said S.S. Palani Manickam, Union Minister of State for Finance, here on Sunday.

Speaking at the Builders Day celebrations organised by the Builders Association of India, the Minister said that the Deputy Chief Minister M.K. Stalin has allotted the amount. Roads in Thanjavur will be improved to international standards.

The Minister pointed out that institutions of national importance have come to Thanjavur. The Paddy Processing Research Centre at Thanjavur has been upgraded and converted into a national institution called the Indian Institute for Crop Research. It is now offering UG and PG courses in food processing.

A government engineering college has come up at the Raja Madam near Pattukottai. The minister said that he wanted the engineering college to be located at Raja Madam as it will help rural students to study in the college. Moreover Pattukottai education district students have scored State and district ranks in Plus Two and SSLC exams this year. The East Coast Road is near the college and there is every likelihood of the area developing into an educational hub.

Responding to the demands made by the members of the Builders Association of India, the minister said that the main line gauge conversion will be over by this year end and there is a possibility of more trains running on the line from next year from Thanjavur. The Union Minister of State for Railways E. Ahmed is visiting Thanjavur shortly and all demands from Thanjavur could be discussed with him, the Minister said.

A.K. Youssouf, National President of the BAI, M. Ayyappan, Thanjavur Centre chairman, and T. Rajasekar, Secretary, participated in the meeting.