Tamil Nadu

‘Elevated highway between Chennai and Chengalput planned’

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The Central government is mulling construction of an elevated highway between Chennai and Chengalput, according to Union Minister of State for Road Transport, Highways and Shipping Pon. Radhakrishnan.

Addressing reporters at his residence here on Monday, Mr. Radhakrishnan said the government was facing difficulties in land acquisition for expansion of the four-lane national highway into a six-lane highway. With a view to easing traffic between Chengalput and Chennai, the Centre was thinking of constructing an elevated highway, and initial surveys for the project had already begun, he said.

Though the State government had stated that farmers, potters and general public could lift silt from waterbodies for free, farmers in Bhavani Sagar area alleged that they were charged up to ₹400, the Minister said.

Corrupt practices like powerful individuals making a profit from removal of silt from waterbodies should be curtailed, he stressed.

Mr. Radhakrishnan appealed to the government to prevent private schools from collecting exorbitant fees from students.

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