Chennai: Governor K. Rosaiah on Wednesday said phase-II of Chennai Metro Rail project covering 88 km is being fast-tracked and outlined progress in other schemes including infrastructure projects.
“Preparatory works for Phase-II of metro rail project covering a total length of 88 km along three corridors at an approximate cost of Rs 44,000 crore is being fast-tracked for JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency) assistance,” he told the Assembly adding “this would help the state to further strengthen the Metro Rail network in Chennai
NATIONALISE RIVERS: He also said all inter-state rivers should be nationalised on a priority basis so as to optimally utilise the water resources.
He also urged the Centre to constitute the Cauvery Management Board and Cauvery Water Regulation Committee immediately for effective implementation of the final order of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal. Recognising the importance of interlinking rivers, he sought the Central Government’s intervention to link peninsular rivers - Mahanadhi-Godavari-Krishna-Pennar-Palar-Cauvery-Vaigai and then on to Gundar.
On other infrastructure projects, he referred to the Comprehensive Road Infrastructure Development Programme under which sanction was accorded for Rs 14,841 crore worth projects in the last four and a half years. Also, a World bank assisted TN Road Sector Project-II is being implemented at an outlay of Rs 5,171 crore, he said.
Under the Chief Minister’s Solar Powered Green House Scheme, work for construction of three lakh houses was taken up at a cost outlay of Rs 5,940 crore in the past four and a half years....