The Tamil Nadu State Highways Department is implementing road infrastructure improvement projects at a cost of Rs 10,000 crore, The State Minister for Highways and Minor Ports Department Edappady K Palaniswami, said in Coimbatore on January 7.
He was inaugurating the technical exhibition organised as part of the 73 edition of the annual session of Indian Roads Congress. He said that as part of modernisation and upgrading quality of roads in the State, state-of-the-art information gathering gadgets were purchased recently at a cost of Rs 3 crore. A Central monitoring system was also in place with GIS. Every year, 5,000 km of roads were improved in the State, he added.
The Minister said that Rs 5,250 crore was allocated in the State budget for road infrastructure improvement. During the last 18 months, 8, 200 km roads were widened, 7,500 km roads were re-laid, 571 new bridges were constructed, and 14 road over bridges and underpass were completed. In 2012-2013, the State had allocated Rs. 2,262 crore for 4,943 km roads works and 150 infrastructure works.
In the next 10 years, 2,000 km roads would be made into six-lane or eight-lane, 5,000 km roads would be made four-lane and all roads in the State would be at least two-lane at a cost of Rs. 1.33 lakh crore, he said.