Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin on Saturday wrote to Union Minister for Highway Transport and Highways, Nitin Gadkari over the poor situation of the highway connection between Chennai to Ranipet Nationwide Freeway.
The Chief Minister claimed that the situation of the highway is so unhealthy that he needed to plan his latest visits to some districts by practice.
Highlighting that the highway section supplies “very important connectivity” from Chennai and its ports to the commercial clusters in Kanchipuram, Vellore, Ranipet, Hosur and Krishnagiri, Stain stated that the reply given by the Union Minister within the Parliament to a selected request made by DMK MP Dayanidhi Maran on this regard was “very basic” and “non-committal”.
“I want to carry to your sort discover the request made by Thiru. Dayanidhi Maran, MP, to your self on the ground of the Parliament to enhance the situation of the present highway stretch from Chennai to Ranipet (NH-4). This section supplies the very important connectivity from Chennai metropolis and its ports to the commercial clusters in Kanchipuram, Vellore, Ranipet, Hosur and Krishnagiri. The situation of the highway is so unhealthy that I needed to plan my latest visits to some districts by practice. Whereas the request from our MP was very particular on this essential highway, we had been disenchanted together with your reply which was very basic and non-committal.”
He additional pointed, “I additionally want to carry to your discover the efforts taken by our Authorities to help NHAI initiatives within the State. The Chennai Port to Madurvoyal Elevated Expressway Venture has been revived by extending each doable assist, together with granting exemption from royalty on aggregates.”
“Related concessions, which had been by no means given up to now, have been prolonged to different main NHAI initiatives. Based mostly on the requests out of your aspect, the validity of soil/gravel permits has been prolonged from 3 months to 1 yr on 9-5-2022. A Particular Cell has been constituted within the State Headquarters to observe land acquisition for freeway initiatives. Permissions from Forest Division are additionally being reviewed and to the very best of my data, no main NHAI venture is held up for need of such permissions,” he added.
As well as, the progress in land acquisition and borrow earth permissions by the District Collectors is being usually monitored on the stage of the chief secretary. The opposite requests for offering borrow earth freed from price by waiving the fabric price, royalty and seigniorage costs are additionally into consideration.”
Stalin additional stated that it was unlucky that an impression was created that the state authorities was not cooperating with NHAI has been underlined in Nitin Gadkari’s reply in Parliament.
“With all such honest efforts by the Authorities, it was unlucky that an impression that the State Authorities was not cooperating with NHAI has been underlined in your reply within the Parliament. I guarantee you that it’s not true and we’ve been making an attempt our greatest to expedite all main infrastructure initiatives with out discriminating between the initiatives undertaken by the State and Union Governments.”
The Chief Minister additionally famous that six-laning work was in progress within the Sriperumbudur to Walajapet part of NH-4, however the work has been held up on account of contractual points between the contractors and NHAI and therefore the situation of the present highway could be very unhealthy.
“I’d be extraordinarily grateful to you should you might instruct your officers to look into the very particular request raised by our MP. The highway stretch identified is the Sriperumbudur to Walajapet part of NH-4 the place the six-laning work is in progress. The works have been held up on account of contractual points between the contractors and NHAI and therefore the situation of the present highway could be very unhealthy. It isn’t misplaced to say that the Hon’ble Excessive Court docket of Madras in December 2020 lowered the toll price at Sriperumbudur and Chennasamudram Toll plaza to 50 per cent on account of such poor upkeep. The poor highway situations and the difficulties confronted by highway customers have triggered a serious dent within the fame of NHAI, which in any other case has been doing a wonderful job in our State,” he stated.
Assuring of all crucial cooperation for NHAI initiatives Stalin the Union Minister requested that appropriate directions should be issued to the NHAI officers to expedite the six-laning works and preserve the highway stretch in good situation.
“In view of the above, I request that appropriate Directions could kindly be Issued to the NHAI officers to expedite the six-laning works and preserve the highway stretch in good situation. I as soon as once more guarantee you that we’ll proceed to increase all crucial cooperation in your initiatives,” he added.
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