EPS defends Chennai-Salem expressway, says it's for benefit of public

EPS defends Chennai-Salem expressway, says it’s for benefit of public

The Salem-Chennai Expressway is not being built for an individual’s profit, instead there is a need to improve the road technology in the State, said Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami today.

He also declared it ‘completely a scheme of the Central Government’.

Addressing the media, even as protests against the project continue in the districts, the Chief Minister stated that role of the state government was merely to help acquire the land for the highway.

Commenting on the construction methods, Palaniswami said, ‘The eight-lane expressway is to be built using modern technology. It will be built according to all necessary safety standards.’

The Chief Minister said the project is necessary as the number of accidents are on the rise in the district.

Earlier this month, the CM had declared that the 277.3 km long eight-lane greenfield project under the Centre’s ‘Bharatmala Pariyojana’ scheme, will stimulate growth in Tamil Nadu.

This is a central government scheme. This is a huge scheme for Tamil Nadu and we are facilitating it. This is completely a scheme of the Centre. Since it is coming to our state, the Tamil Nadu government is just helping them acquire land, he said.