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2,200 crore fund to improve roads across Tamil Nadu - Chief Minister M.K.Stalin orders

  • Last October in the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly. Under Rule 110 on 19th, roads damaged by underground sewerage projects and drinking water pipeline works etc. in urban areas and tens of thousands of km of dilapidated roads which have not been upgraded since 2016-17. Long roads will be improved, for which a special fund of Rs.2,200 crore has been allocated by the Tamil Nadu government and 4,600 km. Chief Minister M. K. Stalin also announced that long roads will be improved.
  • Also, Singharach Chennai 2.0, State Finance Committee Grant Scheme Fund, Kalayan Urban Development Scheme, NABARD Bank Funding Scheme and various other funds have been integrated to construct 16,390 km at a cost of Rs 7,338 crore. The chief minister had also announced that long roads would be gradually improved.
  • Based on that, in the next four years, the Tamil Nadu government will allocate Rs 2,200 crore as a special fund and integrate other project funds to a total of Rs 9,588 crore for 20,990 km in the Corporation, Municipalities and Boroughs. The Chief Minister has ordered the improvement of long roads.
  • In the first phase, 12,061 km will be constructed in 2023 at a total cost of Rs.5,140 crore. Long stretches of roads will be upgraded.
  • 1,680 km in Chennai Corporation. 1,171 crores in length of roads and 7,116 km in other Corporations and Municipalities. 2,535 crore for long roads and 3,265 km in municipalities. The stretch of roads will also be upgraded at a cost of Rs 1,434 crore.
  • Remaining roads will be upgraded in next 2 years. The Chief Minister has ordered that all the roads should be made of good quality and suitable for public use. The Tamil Nadu Urban Finance and Infrastructure Development Corporation has been appointed as the coordinating body for the construction of roads.
Sitharaman appointed as AICTE President 
  • Vanda Anil Sahasrabude, who was the Chairman of AICTE 2021 Sep. He retired in 1. Subsequently, U.G.C. Jagadish Kumar, chairman of the University Grants Commission, was appointed as the interim chairman.
  • In this case, I.I.T. in Guwahati, Assam. TG Seetharaman, director of the Indian Center for Technical Education, has been appointed as the new chairman of AICTE. The Union Ministry of Education has issued an order to this effect.
  • Sitharaman will serve in this capacity for three years or till the age of 65 or until further orders. Prior to this he worked as a Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, Karnataka.
A sea water quality monitoring station has been started at the Jawaharlal Nehru Port in collaboration with the Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai
  • Jawaharlal Nehru Port, India's best performing port, in collaboration with the Department of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai launched a sea water quality monitoring station and an electric environmental monitoring vehicle at the port on November 21.
  • Its Chairman Mr. Sanjay Sethi inaugurated the observatory and the vehicle in the presence of Mr. Unmesh Sharad Wak, Deputy Chairman of the Port. 
  • The sea water quality monitoring system and monitoring vehicle will help regulate the environmental quality in the port and help in the management of sea water and air quality.

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