news Monday, May 11, 2015 - 05:30
"Amma is Back", this is what the AIADMK website said on Monday morning after Karnataka High Court acquitted the former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu in the disproportionate assets case. With J Jayalalithaa acquitted, the AIADMK government in Tamil Nadu is rolling out the red carpet for her, including gearing up for the inauguration of several projects that were in limbo. Appealing to the higher judiciary in the hope of a favourable verdict for Amma, the AIADMK government headed by O Paneerselvam had put on hold several infrastructure projects, including ones that are crucial to the state. Tamil Nadu’s investors meet Announced in November 2014, Tamil Nadu’s Global Investors Meet was set to be the state’s first such two-day event on May 23-24. Now, the event, which is said to modeled after the Vibrant Gujarat Global Investors meet, will be graced by Jayalalithaa’s presence. Earlier the government had claimed that the Rs 100 crore event was likely to be postponed on account of “a strong feedback has been received from many foreign investors that the event may be held after the summer season”. It’s not just Rs 76,000 crore worth of investments lined up for the Global Investors meet that are waiting for a happy ending for the former Chief Minister. Metro waits for Amma to board It is now likely that Amma will be the first to set foot on the Metro and be its first commuter. The 2010 project launched by the DMK government with a budget of Rs 14,600 crore is yet to see the light of day, even though the first leg of the project, which is a 10-km stretch from Koyambedu to Alandur is complete. Although the required safety clearances to roll out the new service had been provided by the Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety (CMRS), the state government did not appear to be in a hurry to allow city-dwellers to make use of the service. More than hundred buses wait for Amma Over 100 buses belonging to the state road transport corporation have been sitting idle even though they were purchased some time ago. While PMK leader S Ramadoss had alleged that the buses were waiting for Jayalalithaa’s return as Chief Minsiter, government officials maintained that the new buses were to be released in batches of 200. With a state that is high on sycophancy for its leaders, it might be a while before Tamil Nadu gets back on its feet. Inuaguration of a Rs 60 crore intergral complex in Koyambedu, an annexe building in Chennai corporation and inauguration of more Amma canteens will also happen now.