Chennai, Ennore, Tuticorin ports to develop at Rs 132.84 cr

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Ahmednagar, Nov 8 (UNI) Union Minister of State for Shipping, road Transport and Highways K H Muniyappa today said Rs 132.84 crore worth developmental projects have been approved for Chennai, Ennore and Tuticorin ports under the National Maritime Development Programme.

Speaking at a press conference after inaugurating the sugarcane crushing season of Kolpewadi Co-operative Sugar Factory here, Mr Muniyappa said Rs 64.66 crore, Rs 22.47 crore and Rs 45.71 crore have been sanctioned for Ennore, Chennai and Tuticorin Ports respectively.

A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed between the Ennore Port and Japan-based Nissan Motors for export of vehicles, he said.

The Minister said of the 66,590 km National Highway in the country, work to convert 50,000-km road into four, six and eight lane is being done on war-footage.

He said Rs 2.25 crore has been spend on the project, which will be completed by 2012. This would reduce the petrol and diesel consumption by 30 per cent, while increasing capacity of the vehicles by 10 per cent, he assured.

Under the five year plan, around 50,300 km of rural road from Srinagar to Kanyakumari and Salem to Porbander would be developed by 2010, the minister said.

The work of converting 12 km major National Highway into four lane would also be completed by 2010, he said.

Meanwhile, the first phase work of Golden Quadrilateral road project, which was been increased from 5,846 km to 6,500 km, is on the verge of completion. The work of six laning these roads would be completed by 2015.

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