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Govt. gives priority for road connectivity to villages

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7.5-metre asphalt road to be laid to enable farmers to transport their produce



NEW PROJECTS: The PWD Minister, O. Panneerselvam, laying the foundation stone for a new road at a function held at Periakulam on Sunday. The Rajya Sabha MP, T.T.V. Dinakaran, and the Theni Collector, Rajesh Lakhoni, look on.

PERIAKULAM: : Priority has been given for road connectivity to rural areas to help farmers transport their produce to urban areas. The Government has planned to lay asphalt roads for 18,000 km this year, PWD Minister O. Panneerselvam has said.

Laying the foundation stone for a bridge across the Alangamadai, a water tank and forest roads at an estimated cost of Rs.50.50 lakhs at Periakulam on Sunday, he said a 3.5- metre-wide soil road, connecting Uppukadu and Chinnampalayam, was made to a 7.5-metre asphalt road for farmers to bring their produce to Batlagundu and Periakulam. Roads to a length of 42,000 km had been laid mostly in rural areas in the past four years.

Cashew cultivation

Collector Rajesh Lakhoni said 3,000 hectares of wasteland in the district would be developed into cultivable land this year under the integrated wasteland development programme. Cashew cultivation alone would be taken up on 1,000 hectares. Last year, 2,500 hectares of wasteland was converted in to farmland. This scheme benefited thousands of farmers in the rain-fed areas.

While the Uppukadu forest road, stretching 4.2 km, was laid at a cost of Rs.64.50 lakhs sanctioned under the NABARD rural road scheme, the 2.8-km-long Chinnampalayam forest road was laid at a cost of Rs.48 lakhs with money sanctioned from the MP Local Area Development Fund.

Earlier, Rajya Sabha MP T.T.V. Dinakaran inaugurated the rural roads meant for Uppukadu and Chinnampalayam, laid at a cost of Rs.1.12 crores.

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