Kovai in Tamil Nadu gets Rs 2,000cr infrastructure push


Tamil Nadu’s chief minister Jayalalithaa announced infrastructure projects worth Rs 2,000 crores in Kovai. The projects will be aimed at improving infrastructure and medical amenities and reducing traffic congestion.

In a press release the Chief Minister said the state government had created many infrastructural facilities for the growing population of the industrial and textile centre in the last three years. 1,490 such schemes over Rs 300 crores had been completed, while the remaining still awaited completion. “In continuation of the schemes, I have ordered new projects to create additional facilities for the benefit of the people of the city,” the chief minister was quoted as saying.

For the addressing the health needs of urban poor, 12 urban sanitation centres under the Coimbatore Corporation would get new buildings and 20 others would be upgraded at a total cost of Rs 7.04 crore. Apart from all this a new urban primary health centre would also be set up.

Chief Minister Jayalalithaa said multi-level parking lots would be set up in three places, including the busy areas of Town Hall and Gandhipuram. A project estimate was being prepared to implement the scheme with private sector participation at a cost of Rs 80 crore.

For the homeless poor, the Tamil Nadu Slum Clearance Board would construct 2,912 houses at a cost of Rs 443.55 lakh in a 20-acre land belonging to the Coimbatore Corporation. An underground drainage and storm water drains in extended areas of the city corporation would also be constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 1,555 crore.

A project to recycle building waste into useful articles would be implemented for the first time in Tamil Nadu at an estimated cost of Rs 12.80 crore, she said.

Other projects included the setting up of an integrated bus terminus to reduce traffic congestion in the city. The new facility would be created in a 50-acre land at Vellalore at a cost of Rs 125 crore drawn from the Tamil Nadu Infrastructure Development Board fund. A study would also be undertaken for the setting up of a truck terminus with in-built infrastructure facilities in the outskirts of the city. A project proposal would be prepared on the basis of the study.

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