Stalin writes to PM on converting state roads as National Highways | India News – Times of India

CHENNAI: The Tamil Nadu authorities on Thursday sought Prime Minister Narendra Modi‘s intervention in declaring eight state roads as National Highways, saying in-principal approval has been already granted on this respect.
Chief Minister M K Stalin instructed Modi that in-precept approval has been granted by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) for conversion of 500 km lengthy eight State Highway roads as National Highways.
In a letter to the Prime Minister, Stalin mentioned sanction had additionally been accorded for the preparation of detailed undertaking studies (DPR) and specified the roads in competition.
“Accordingly, studies have been taken up for preparation of DPR for the above roads under Annual Plan 2017-18 by the State National Highways wing. The proposals for declaration of the roads have also been presented to the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRT&H) on 06.12.2018.”
“However, formal notifications for the declaration of these roads as new National Highways are yet to be issued by the Ministry,” Stalin added.
All the eight roads are essential ones, connecting vital pilgrimage centres like Tiruvannamalai, Tiruchendur and Palani, main commerce and vacationer facilities, he mentioned.
Hence, these roads want rapid enhancements to fulfill the wants of the street customers, Stalin identified.
The CM mentioned he has been knowledgeable MoRTH was drawing up pointers for improvement of new National Highways.
However, as these eight roads have already been accorded in-precept approval, they are often notified as National Highways with out ready for the rules.
“Therefore, I request you to direct MoRTH to issue requisite notifications declaring these eight state roads as new National Highways and to entrust the development works with the State Government with necessary funding,” he mentioned.

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