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Infrastructure growth high on TN Govt agenda

The Tamil Nadu Governor, Mr Surjit Singh Barnala.

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Chennai, Jan. 7

Upgrading basic amenities in industrial hubs, infrastructure development, and new education institutions were among the plans announced by the State Government through the customary Governor's address in the Assembly today.

Addressing the house, the Governor, Mr Surjit Singh Barnala, said that Chennai and other major cities will see major investment in basic amenities such as drinking water, roads, drainage, solid-waste management and street lights.

Urban centres

The State Government has estimated that over the next five years, the urban centres will need about Rs 15,000 crore. This would be generated from the State's own resources and from international funding agencies.

The cities and towns and suburbs coming under this proposal include Madurai, Coimbatore, Tiruchi, Tirunelveli, Erode, Tiruppur, Vellore, Tuticorin and all municipalities. Suburban areas of Chennai include Tiruvallur and Kanchipuram will also benefit.

A Rs 450 crore project to upgrade facilities in tourist centres along the east coast corridor and southern tourist circuit will be implemented with assistance from the Asian Development Bank.

Greening project

To protect the forest resources, the State Government will implement a Tamil Nadu Biodiversity Conservation and Greening Project at a cost of Rs 686 crore. The funds would be raised from Japan International Cooperation Agency.

A project study will be started for the next phase of the Rs 14,600-crore Chennai Metro Rail Project being implemented. New medical colleges will be established in Ramanathapuram, Cuddalore and Dindigul, and a university for Indian medicines and homeopathy will be set up in Kanyakumari covering the six Government and 26 private colleges in traditional medicine systems.

Government Arts and Science colleges would also come up in Kanchipuram District, at Nemeli, near the East Coast Road, Nagalapuram, Harur, Kallakurichi and Tiruchuli.

An agriculture college will be set up in Nagapattinam and a Horticulture University in Krishnagiri District.

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