Palaniswami submits 11 point memorandum to Modi

Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday and submitted a 11-point memorandum urging the Centre to release more than Rs 35,000 crore for Tamil Nadu in lieu of various developmental projects in the State.

Among his chief demands was 50 per cent funding for the second phase of the Metro Rail project in Chennai in a 50:50 equity model, for which Rs 61,843 crore has been estimated.

The government also wants Rs 1,200 crore to be released for various repair work caused by cyclones ‘Nivar’ and ‘Burevi’ and by the unprecedented rainfall in January due to which crops in more than 4.5 lakh hectares in Cauvery delta were damaged.

A demand was also placed to expedite the Godavari-Cauvery and Cauvery-Gundar river interlinking projects.

The CM also requested the Centre to operate night flights between Chennai and Salem and to operate flights to UAE from Coimbatore airport.

Financial assistance for setting up of bulk drug park and medical devices park to the tune of Rs 1,000 crore was also sought.

Meanwhile, the State government said that the phoenix-themed memorial to ex-AIADMK supremo and former chief minister J Jayalalithaa,which was under construction over the last few years, is all set to be inaugurated on January 27.

Deputy chief minister O Panneerselvam would preside while state assembly speaker P Dhanapal, ministers, parliamentarians and party MLAs and other officials would take part in the event.