Plans to conduct interactions between industry, government

Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Tiruchi zone, intends to conduct regular interactions between stake holders from the sides of industry and government departments to develop the city with quality infrastructure and create apt ambience for large-scale industrial investments.

A meeting that the CII organised on Saturday to voice demands of industries to P. Kumar, Member of Parliament, underscored the need for periodic meetings to take development forward in order to transform Tiruchi into a world class city.

Spelling out a six-point recommendation on behalf of the industry, T.V. Murali, Chairman, CII, Tiruchi zone, and Rani Muralidharan, Vice Chairperson, sought an exclusive trade centre with large open area for conduct of trade fairs.

Mr. Murali emphasised on overall development of the central region while proposing the trade centre with several facilities, including multi-purpose auditorium, air-conditioned conference halls, open-air amphitheatres, business centre with high-speed broadband Internet connectivity for video-conferencing, data transfer, high-speed large volume printing, communication, food courts, and ample scope for future expansion.

Skill-growth at the business development centre in the proposed trade centre must benefit energy equipment, fabrication, home textiles, bus body building, and construction industries, with focus on welding, fitting, tailoring, dyeing, stitching, finishing and painting.

To showcase the potentials of Tamil Nadu’s central region, bi-annual investor meets must be conducted in Tiruchi for attracting large-scale investment, Mr. Murali said, mooting setting up of an exclusive guidance bureau for development of Tiruchi region into an industrial hub next to Chennai. Only through betterment of air-connectivity to Chennai and other metros, including Bangalore, New Delhi and Mumbai, as also international destinations at convenient times can growth of industries, particularly those in IT/ITES sector, be ensured.

Likewise, there must be additional train services at convenient timings to Bangalore and Coimbatore from Tiruchi railway junction, the second biggest in Tamil Nadu after Chennai, for expanding business links from Tiruchi.

The interaction witnessed discussion on several aspects pertaining to the city’s development, including improvement of infrastructure at the IT Park in Tiruchi; solid waste management with international collaboration; energy generation out of biowaste; airport expansion; integrated bus stand for Tiruchi; early laying of service lanes between Thuvakkudi and Palpannai; equitable power supply; and popularisation of solar power generation.