Tamil Nadu gets big infra boost before poll

The Union Budget had largely positive announcements for poll-bound Tamil Nadu, with major allocations for road projects. It also hinted at Central funding for the Chennai Metro Rail Phase II project, transforming Chennai into a major fishing hub and establishing a multi-purpose seaweed park.

Apart from specific announcements, the State is likely to benefit from the thrust given to infrastructure, clean air, universal water supply to urban local bodies, agriculture, affordable housing, education, healthcare, manufacturing, revamping power distribution companies and pushing back fiscal deficit targets.