East Coast Road work will be taken up for a stretch of around 64 kilometres in Tuticorin district.
The State government has set aside a sum of Rs.162 crore to execute the task along the coastline of Tuticorin – Tiruchendur – Kanyakumari, according to Collector Ashish Kumar.
A detailed project report is under way ahead of the project.
As for Tuticorin district, the road work along the East Coast Road would be executed upto Periyathalai.
Under the Comprehensive Road Infrastructure Development Project (CRIDP) in 2011 - 12, 34 works have been completed at a cost of Rs.40 crore.
A proposal has been sent for undertaking road infrastructure development at Vilathikulam, Pudur and other places of black cotton soil at a cost of Rs. 60 crore.
Allocation of funds to the tune of Rs.5.41 crore was made to carry out maintenance works of other major district roads in 2012 -13.
Under road safety funds, five out of six works earmarked have been completed and the remaining works are in progress.
During the previous year, Rs. 2.30 crore was extended to develop roads approaching tourism sites.
Two works were over and other work was in progress, Mr. Kumar said while addressing the media here on Monday.
He also added that the botanical garden works were at the initial stage in Koramballam.
Works would be executed in three phases.
Firstly, basic infrastructure and in the next stage actual buildings, gardening of exotic plant species, herbal and native species would be taken up.
And in the final phase work on musical fountain, facilities for boating and more importantly an amphitheatre would be established to entertain the visitors.
The work in the garden would be taken up under assistance of self sufficient scheme.
He also added that the government has sanctioned Rs.1.5 crore to set up a multi-purpose indoor stadium on the premises of the District Sports Stadium in Tuticorin.
The indoor stadium would have facilities to play badminton, volleyball, basketball.
Besides, two shuttle courts would be set up at the sports stadium at a cost of Rs.60 lakh.
A site was also selected to house the Science Centre near the Industrial Training Institute in Tuticorin, he added.