Gadkari said new road projects worth nearly र12,000 crore would be sanctioned for Tamil Nadu this year. A total of INR 60,000 crore will be spent in TN.
They are Tiruchi-Chidambaram; Villupuram-Nagapattinam, Chennai-Tada and Poonamallee-Walajahpet .
Nearly 1,300 km of new National Highways will be given for Tamil Nadu at the request of Chief Minister Palaniswami. All the demands of the State government have been met.
Three elevated corridors connecting Chennai with the outskirts costing nearly र5,000 crore will be sanctioned by the Centre.
An elevated corridor will connect Tambaram with Chenglepet (cost of र2,250 crore), another from Poonamalle to Maduravoyal (र1,500 crore) and third from Chennai to Vandalur (र1,000 crore).
On the र20,000-crore Chennai-Bengaluru Expressway, Gadkari said the project has been sanctioned and work would start by December 2018 after nearly 80 per cent of land acquisition is done.
Palaniswami has promised that land acquisition would be done at the earliest.
The Centre will soon call a meeting of Chief Ministers concerned to consider a river-linking project that will transfer surplus water from the Godavari to the Krishna, and to the Pennar and the Cauvery in Tamil Nadu.
The Centre will bear nearly 90 per cent of cost of the Pennar project, with the State bearing 10 per cent, he said. Another proposal of bringing water from the Indiravathi river that passes through Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh to the Cauvery is also under consideration.
He also said several thousand crore rupees worth of projects in logistics and ports will be developed in Tamil Nadu.