ADB Loan to Upgrade Road Network in Tamil Nadu Industrial Corridor
The Asian Development Bank has approved a USD 484 million loan to improve transport connectivity and road maintenance in the Chennai–Kanyakumari Industrial Corridor in Tamil Nadu, India. The CKIC is part of India’s East Coast Economic Corridor, which stretches from West Bengal to Tamil Nadu and connects India to the production networks of Southeast and East Asia.
The project will upgrade about 590 kilometers of state highways in the CKIC influence areas. Climate change adaptation measures will be incorporated in the highway upgrades, including improved drainage, raised road embankments in critical sections, and resizing of bridges and culverts. The project will strengthen road safety improvement programs through advanced technologies for road monitoring and enforcement. In addition, the project will support improved planning capacity of Tamil Nadu’s Highways and Minor Ports Department.