Centre to fully fund project linking bridge with NH

The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has allotted Rs. 24.45 crore for linking a proposed railway overbridge at Arumbarthapuram with the national highway, according to Union Minister of State in Prime Minister’s Office, V. Narayanasamy.

He told reporters here on Sunday that though the territorial administration was supposed to share 50 per cent of the project cost, the Union government had decided to fully fund the project. The total cost would be Rs.29.45 crore, of which the Union Railway Ministry would contribute Rs.5 crore and the remaining would be borne by NHAI. The estimate had already been processed and approved by the Director General of NHAI amounting to Rs.24.45 crore.

Steps had been taken to start work at the earliest. Railway Minister Mallikarjun Kharge would visit Puducherry next week in this connection. He would also inaugurate the Puducherry-Tirupati express.

On law and order situation in Puducherry, Mr. Narayanasamy said that Lieutenant Governor Virendra Kataria’s interview to The Hindu had clearly reflected the poor state of affairs.

Asked whether the Congress was seeking the Centre to invoke President’s rule based on Mr. Kataria’s stand on the law and order situation in Puducherry, Mr. Narayanasamy said it was for the Lt. Governor and the Central government to decide.

On a reported letter of the Union Home Secretary to the territorial administration appreciating the government for maintaining law and order in Puducherry, he said the report presented by the Chief Secretary and the Inspector General of Police didn’t paint the true picture.