The Tamil Nadu government has decided to denotify NHAI (National Highways Authority of India), State and District highways into municipality and corporation-maintained roads to save time and expenses.
The state government has ordered all municipal and Corporation Commissioners to pass immediate resolutions and take control of National, State and District highways.
The explanation given is that the state government finds it difficult to co-ordinate with the Centre to initiate underground water and sewage works, especially during natural disasters.
While the government has cited cost-cutting as the reason for its decision, sources claim this is a move to save as many as 1,500 government-run liquor shops located on highways.
District Administration Commissioner K Prakash instructed the authorities concerned to pass the necessary resolutions before April 25.