They will be constructed if Congress-DMK combine wins next election
CHENNAI: Chief Minister M.Karunanidhi on Sunday said completion of various projects, including the Sethusamduram project, would be possible if the Congress-DMK combine won the Lok Sabha polls.
Inaugurating the grade separator at the Kathipara junction, the Chief Minister recalled the problems faced by Union Minister of Shipping, Road Transport and Highways Minister T.R. Baalu while implementing various projects. He also referred to the Sethusamudram project pending in the Supreme Court.
Stressing that the government needed strength and power to implement the projects, he said if the Congress-DMK combine won the elections, not only the bridges, but the Sethusamudram project also would be completed.
Expressing concern over road accidents Mr. Baalu said that in Tamil Nadu the fatality rate was 8.9 per lakh.
He said his ministry had decided to set up National Road Safety and Traffic Management Board to bring down the accident rate in the country. The board would be set up in all the States and at the Centre.
Mr Baalu said already his ministry had set up driving institutes in 13 States to provide better training.
TNCC president K.V.Thangkabalu requested the State government to reinstall the statue of Jawaharlal Nehru, removed for constructing the grade separator, on a higher pedestal.
The total cost of the grade separator is Rs. 260 crore and the civil work cost Rs 83.50 crore. The length of the main arm is 1,411 metre and the total length of the main arm with four loops is 2745 metre.
Union Minister of Parliament Affairs Vayalar Ravi, Union Minister of State for Statistics and Programme Implementation G.K.Vasan and Union Minister of State in the Ministry of Shipping, Road Transport and Highways K.H.Muniyappa and Tamil Nadu Labour Minister T.M.Anbarasan participated in the function.