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Gadkari says issues facing Salem-Chennai expresway project

Press Trust of India  |  Salem (TN) 

Senior BJP leader and Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways Sunday expressed confidence the project will be implemented after discussions with farmers who are opposing acquisition of their land for it.

Addressing an election rally here in support of the AIADMK-led alliance, he said the project, land acquisition process for which has been stayed by the recently, was important for development of the region.

"Today the matter is in the court and the Madras High Court has given a stay. But I am assuring you, whatever the rates for land acquisition we are giving, they are more. We have increased the rate, compared to today's value, our rates are high," said.

On April 8, a special bench of the high court passing orders on a batch of petitions quashed the land acquisition process for the Rs 10,000 crore green field project, holding it required a mega realignment as the proposed route would have an adverse effect on

The 277.3-km-long eight-lane project under the Centre's 'Bharatmala Pariyojana' scheme aims to cut between the Salem and Chennai by half to about two hours and 15 minutes.

However, the project, proposed through reserve forest and water bodies, has been facing opposition from a section of locals, including farmers, over fears of losing their land, besides environmentalists up in arms against felling trees.

said the project was very important for the development of the area.

"The (K Palaniswami) is constantly pursuing it... I am expecting in due course of time, with discussion with farmers, we will resolve the issues and fulfil your dream of constructing the green expressway," he said.

Urging the voters to give a thumping victory to the AIADMK-led alliance which also comprises the BJP in the state, Gadkari, who is also incharge of Water Resources, vowed to end water crisis in

"I have a credibility... I always do all the things that I declare. I know water issue is crucial in the state. I am assuring you please elect NDA and candidates, immediately we will resolve water problem," he said.

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First Published: Sun, April 14 2019. 15:30 IST