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Foundation laid for two bridges in Ramanathapuram dt.

By Our Staff Reporter

RAMANATHAPURAM, APRIL 14. The Government has allotted a sum of Rs. 400 crores in the first phase for the development of rural roads in the State in the current year, said Mr. T. Krittunan, Minister for Highways and Ports.

Laying foundation stones for the construction of a road bridge across river Kundaru on the Parthibanur-Kamudhi road at a cost of Rs. 2.65 crores and the Abiramam-Mudukulathur road bridge at a cost of Rs. 1.20 crores, the projects assisted by NABARD, on Friday the Minister said that despite the fact the Ministry of Highways had sought Rs. 750 crores in the first phase for the development of rural roads to a length of 40,000 km in the State, the Government had allotted only Rs. 400 crores. Out of that the sum of Rs. 7 crores had been allotted for the improvement of rural roads in Ramanathapuram district.

For the last two years the Government had allotted Rs. 4.90 crores for the construction of 11 bridges in Ramanathapuram district and of that works for the construction of three bridges were going on in Mudukulathur union. Similarly a sum of Rs. 26.16 crores had already been allotted for the upgradation of rural roads in Ramanathapuram district, including Rs. 5.96 crores in Mudukulathur taluk.

A sum of Rs. 85 crores had been spent by the Government for the construction of bridges, the laying of new roads and for the improvement of roads in different parts of the district for the last four years.

A private entrepreneur had come forward with a proposal for the setting up of shipbreaking units at a cost of Rs. 175 crores in Valinokkam. In this connection they had already acquired land to the stretch of 400 acres in Valinokkam. The Government had also given an assurance to provide infrastructure facilities like road, drinking water, power supply etc.

He directed the authorities to ensure quality while executing various works in the district. The Department will not hesitate to take action against those who compromised with the quality of the works to be undertaken in the State.

NABARD has also allotted a sum of Rs. 1.35 crores for the construction of a road bridge between Kopperumadam to Atthankaraisalai and Rs. 4 crores for the construction of submergible bridge at Manjakollai salai in Ramanathapuram district.

Mr. Thangavelan, MLA, Kadaladi, Mr. Kader Patcha, chairman, Ramanathapuram District Central Co-operative Bank, Mr. T. K. Ramachandran, District Collector, Mr. Palanisamy, Superintending Engineer, NABARD, Mr. Palanisamy, Divisional Engineer, NABARD, Mr. Saravanan, Superintending Engineer, Department of Highways, Mr. Muthu, Divisional Engineer (Highways) and other officials accompanied the Minister.

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