Edapaddi K Palaniswami, Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu announced that 109 km of State highways and important district roads would be revamped and upgraded at a cost of Rs 1,500 crore with funding from the World Bank. At around Rs 310 crore 54 bridges would be built in 18 districts that will benefit over 10 lakh people living nearby, the CM added.
Moreover, the State government would construct a new sluice near the Lower Anaicut in Thanjavur district at a cost of Rs 650 crore. Further, the lift irrigation scheme will be implemented in select places in Thanjavur, Kanniyakumari, Dharmapuri, Tiruvannamalai, and Tiruvarur at a cost of Rs 485.50 crore, upgradation of Madurantakam, Perumal, Wallajah and Madhavaram lakes and enhance their infrastructure at a cost of Rs 302. 90 crore, Palaniswami said.
The CM further informed that the State would also construct check dams at 77 places in 28 districts at a cost of ₹585 crore. As many as three sluices would be made in Thoothukudi and Nagapattinam districts, canals in Krishnagiri and Pudukottai districts, a bridge would be constructed in Ariyalur district, and in Nagapattinam, Thoothukudi and Kanniyakumari districts walls would be erected to prevent sea erosion at a cost of Rs 42 crore.