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WORK IN PROGRESS: Handloom Minister N.K.K.P. Raja holds discussions with highways and forest personnel on Sunday after inspecting the Bargur- Sundapur Road. - PHOTO: M. GOVARTHAN
WORK IN PROGRESS: Handloom Minister N.K.K.P. Raja holds discussions with highways and forest personnel on Sunday after inspecting the Bargur- Sundapur Road. - PHOTO: M. GOVARTHAN

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Chief Minister is keen on development of hill areas, says Raja

ERODE: "Four major roads in Burgur hill area would be developed at a cost of Rs 7.30 crore under the Prime Minister's Gramin Rozgar Yojana (PMGRY) and within two months the works will be started," said the Handloom and Textiles Minister, N.K.K.P. Raja, on Sunday at Burgur in Anthiyur forest area.

The Minister, after reviewing road works in the Burgur hills with the Anthiyur MLA S. Gurusamy, District Forest Officer Malik, Divisional Engineer Highways Ayyamperumal, Tahsildar Balasubramaniam and other officials, told reporters that the Chief Minister was keen on development of hill areas and improvement of the economic status of tribal people. The Minister expressed concern over the bad condition of the hill roads.

He said proposals had been made for road development at a cost of Rs 7.30 crore. He said the Vellimalai-Bejalatty road would be developed for a distance of 1.50 km, the Burgur-Sundappur road would be improved for a distance of 4 km, the Thalaraikarai-Vellimalai road would be developed for 12.6 km and the Thamaraikarai-Bejalatty road would be developed for 10 km.

Fund allocation

An estimate for Rs 7.30 crore has already been prepared and the funds for the road work would be given from the PMGRY scheme. Mr Raja said the road works would begin in two months. He said out of these roads, a six km long road would be laid in the interior forest area maintained by the forest department.

After getting permission from the forest department the work would be undertaken.

In addition to this, he said, the Chellampalayam-Kollehal Road would be improved for 12.6 km at a cost of Rs 90 lakh under the Central Road Integrated Development Programme.

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