Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa
on wednesday announced Rs 740 crore for construction of new railway
overbridges and underpasses across the state as part of steps
to help road-users save time and fuel.
Observing that roads were not meant merely for connecting
places and that they were for overall development of the
state, Jayalalithaa granted administrative approval for
building 23 such facilities in various parts of the state
including Chennai,Tiruvallur, Kancheepuram,Vellore, Villupuram
and Coimbatore districts, a state government release said.
The new facilities will help in saving time and fuel for
road-users besides preventing accidents, as they had to
wait for long at many railway crossings, the release said.
Further, the busy and scenic East Coast Road (ECR),
connecting Chennai to various parts of the state besides
the neighbouring Union Territory of Puducherry, will be
converted into four-lane and efforts were on in this regard.
She had sanctioned Rs 134 crore towards restoration of
Palar Bridge on ECR, it added.