Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways, Shipping, Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Nitin Gadkari has said that the present union government has approved projects of value of more than one Lakh crore rupees for Tamil Nadu. These projects will cover the Highways, Shipping and Port and for finding a permanent solution to the irrigation and drinking water requirements of the state.
Some of the significant projects which have been approved in the recent past include: three New Elevated Corridors – Tambaram- Chengelpatu, Poonamalee- Maduravoyal Corridor and Tiruvallur Corridor. The Chennai- Bengaluru Expressway is undertaken at a projected cost of 20,000 crore rupees and will boost industrialisation and development activities along the Express way. Furthermore, under the Bhartmala project that links port terminals to the hinterland, six projects are being taken up in the state – Nagapattinam to Tuticorin (355 kms ), Madurai- Kollam (62kms) Vellakoil-Erode (71kms), Madurai-Natham (38kms), Madurai -Theni(44kms) and Musiri -Namakkal (44kms).