Budget 2021: Road infrastructure projects get major push in poll-bound West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Assam, Kerala

The Finance Minister proposed Rs. 1,000 crore for the welfare of Tea workers especially women and their children in Assam and West Bengal

The Finance Minister allocated Rs 65,000 crore for road and highway projects in Kerala and Rs 25,000 crore for West Bengal. She also allocated Rs 3,400 crore for road infrastructure development in Assam. The budget focus on a 3,500 km of National Highway works in Tamil Nadu at an investment of  1.03 lakh crore. These include Madurai-Kollam corridor, Chittoor-Thatchur corridor.

The Construction will start next year for poll bound Kerala a 1,100 km of National Highway works in Kerala at an investment of 65,000 crore including 600 km section of Mumbai-Kanyakumari corridor in Kerala. West Bengal also have it poll in coming years a 675 km of highway works in West Bengal at a cost of 25,000 crore including up gradation of existing Kolkata – Siliguri road. Also National Highway works of around 19,000 crore are currently in progress in Assam. Further works of more than 34,000 crore covering more than 1300 kms of National Highways will be undertaken in the State in the coming three years.
Also Future dedicated freight corridor projects in all poll bound state. These are East Coast corridor from Kharagpur to Vijayawada. East-West Corridor from Bhusaval to Kharagpur to Dankuni and North-South corridor from Itarsi to Vijayawada. Also in metro section Kochi Metro Railway Phase-II of 11.5 km get a cost of Rs. 1957.05 crore. Chennai Metro Railway Phase –II of 118.9 km at gets cost of Rs. 63,246 crore.
The Government has taken several measures to protect the weaker and vulnerable sections of the society especially during the COVID-19 pandemic announced the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana(PMGKY). Valued at Rs.2.76 lakh crore, the PMGKY provided free food grain to 800 million people, free cooking gas for 80 million families for months, and cash directly to over 400 million farmers, women, elderly, the poor and the needy.
The Finance Minister proposed to provide Rs. 1,000 crore for the welfare of Tea workers especially women and their children in Assam and West Bengal for which a special scheme will be devised.

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