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Jayalalithaa returns as TN CM; announces a slew of infra projects

J. Jayalalithaa, AIADMK supremo took oath on Saturday and became the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu for the 5th time. After taking up office the next day, she set the ball rolling by announcing several infrastructural projects. She has signed projects worth INR 2,000 crores including proposals to open 201 Amma canteens, provide assistance to destitute families headed by women and improve infrastructure by providing roads in both urban and rural areas. Road improvement Entering the CM’s chamber after a hiatus of seven months, Jayalalithaa signed on five files that are estimated to cost INR 2,000 crores. Working towards benefiting commuters, the CM has allocated INR 1,000 crores to develop urban roads including the ones under the Chennai Corporation limit. The fund will be used to repair dug up roads or fix roads damaged during the monsoons. INR 800 crores has been set aside to build a 3,500 km rural road network. Half of the capital will be used to lay new bitumen roads, while the remaining half will be used to repair existing roads. Connectivity via buses and mini-buses along these routes will be strengthened further. Housing scheme The chief minister has given a nod to a special housing scheme for individuals living below the poverty line in town panchayat regions. An amount of INR 2.10 lakhs will be allocated to the poor to help them renovate their thatched houses and convert them into structures with roofs. In the first phase over 20,000 families in town panchayat areas are likely to be given this assistance and it will be implemented by the Tamil Nadu Slum Clearance Board. RO scheme While several pockets along the state are facing severe water problems, this drinking water facility scheme is surely going to help bring smiles on many faces. Reverse osmosis plants will be built in 69 residential areas of Ramanathapuram and Sivagangai districts as they are not covered by drinking water schemes. They will be set up at a cost of INR 4.83 crores. Over 66 plants are likely to be set up in town panchayat areas and are estimated to cost INR 3.9 crores. 1,139 RO plants will be established in many municipal and corporation areas and they will be able to successfully provide drinking water. An overall budget of INR 77.13 crores is estimated to be spent on providing safe drinking water in residential neighbourhoods, public places, Amma Canteens and hospitals. Nidhi C Thacker for IndiaProperty.com Image: “TN Governor K. Rosaiah and CM Jayalalitha receiving PM Modi at Chennai airport” by Narendra Modi – TN Governor and CM receiving PM at Chennai airport. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons – http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:TN_Governor_K._Rosaiah_and_CM_Jayalalitha_receiving_PM_Modi_at_Chennai_airport.jpg#/media/File:TN_Governor_K._Rosaiah_and_CM_Jayalalitha_receiving_PM_Modi_at_Chennai_airport.jpg

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