Injecting a major booster to the Chennai city, the state government in Tamil Nadu recently cleared Rs. 400 crore under the Chennai Mega City Development Mission (CMCDM) for the current fiscal, claimed state Finance Minister D Jayakumar, recently. Cities selected under Smart City Mission, including corporation of Chennai, Coimbatore, Madurai, Salem, Thanjavur, and Vellore, have already received Rs. 1,200-cr increase from last year's allocation. In Chennai, the centre's initiative will be implemented in T Nagar. Since the CMCDM scheme was launched in 2011 after the expansion of the city, the state government has allotted Rs. 500-cr which the Greater Chennai Corporation and Metro water shared to carry out work on roads, pavements, bus shelters, street lights, drinking water, sewerage networks, sanitation and storm water drains. The state has already invested over Rs. 1,400-cr under this scheme over the last five years and in the future, it will concentrate on roads in the interior areas, he said.
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