Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami said today that the government’s stand on forming the Chennai-Salem green corridor is strong and the project will go ahead as planned.
Speaking in the Assembly, he asked the opposition to refrain from un-warranted complaints on the project.
“What is wrong in creating a green corridor between Chennai and Salem? Please stop complaining about the eight-lane highway. Since the DMK failed to implement this project when they were in power, we are doing it now.. The project is being implemented for the benefit of everyone and the government is firm on completing it. We will do it in a step-by-step manner, ” he said.
Commuters taking the available three circuitous highways between Salem and Chennai will soon find the journey smooth, saving time and fuel as the Centre has given its nod to construct a green express way corridor to connect both cities.
Speaking at a joint press conference with Palaniswami in Chennai recently, Gadkari said, “The access-controlled green expressway corridor between Salem and Chennai along the stretch of 274 km will come up at a cost of Rs 10,000 crore. The process for the green expressway is put on fast track. Tenders will be floated in two months.”
According to reports, around 6,400 trees are likely to be felled and lands measuring about 2,560 hectares are to be acquired for the proposed eight-lane access-controlled greenfield corridor to be laid between Chennai and Salem at a cost of Rs 10,000 crore,
This, reports said, was according to a presentation made by the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) before the Union Environment Ministry.