Pon Radhakrishnan meets Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalitha
TAMIL NADU: Union minister of state for road transport, highways and shipping Pon Radhakrishnan met Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa on Friday to discuss road projects in the state. Later, he praised her on her handling of the ongoing Cauvery issue in a patient manner.
Speaking to reporters after meeting her at the Secretariat, he said the discussions focused on central road projects in the state. Radhakrishnan said he had sought TN government's cooperation in expediting central road projects in the state, including converting the East Coast Road (ECR) into a National Highway and expanding it to four lanes. Jayalalithaa assured him of the state's support.
According to a state government release, the minister requested the CM for support to commence the survey for preparation of the Detailed Project Report for the development of a major port at Enayam (Colachel). The minister indicated that the construction of the port is at a place nearly 1 km away from Enayam and Enayam itself will not be affected by this construction.
The CM assured the minister that the TN government "is as keen on implementing the project as the government of India and would provide all necessary support.
Asked by mediapersons whether the TN bandh to protest against the violence against Tamils in Karnataka was discussed, Radhakrishnan said, "The chief minister has done exceedingly well on the Cauvery issue has handled it very patiently."