Stalin inaugurates bridge across Pulicat Lake
Published: 12th June 2010 05:59 AM |
TIRUVALLUR: The DMK government on Friday reached out to fishermen of 14 villages in Tiruvallur district with the inauguration of the Rs 17-crore bridge over the Pazhaverkadu Lake by Deputy Chief Minister M K Stalin.
Speaking after the inauguration, Stalin said it was Chief Minister M Karunanidhi who had promised to build the bridge in 2004 during the Lok Sabha elections. “This promise was made when we were not in power and we have fulfilled it now,” he said.
Stalin said the delay in building the bridge was due to technical reasons like getting permission from the Coastal Regulation Zone authorities as well as the forest department, who had objected to it on the grounds that the elevated structure would affect the flight of birds to the nearby Pulicat lake bird sanctuary.
He said the 454-metre long bridge would offer a new lease of life to 14 villages and thousands of people residing there. He added that the government had already invested Rs 198 crore to build eight more bridges in the district, besides a 62-km long outer ring road linking Vandalur-Minjur via Nemelli for Rs 1,076 crore.
Highlighting the achievements of the DMK government, he said in the last four years, it had spent Rs 12,094 crore on infrastructure and building roads. These include laying 57,784 km of roads, besides spending Rs 881 crore on building 1,046 bridges.
He also took a swipe at the AIADMK government and said it was during the DMK government that major infrastructure works were undertaken. He said a witch hunt had been launched against DMK cadre during the AIADMK regime over the alleged corruption while constructing bridges and roads. “After five years, nothing came out. I am ready to face any action if corruption charges are proved,” he said.