ERODE: Erode has got all it takes to evolve into an industrial city, except perhaps infrastructure.
The city with a gross domestic product (GDP) of 15.5 per cent is the first in the State, and four percentage points above the State’s.
Given the economic activity in the city, one would expect the infrastructure to complement the development but that is not the case.
Says SKM Shree Shivkumar of SKM Egg Products: “I entertain my guests either in Coimbatore or Karur, which has better facilities. And, soon I am planning to build a guest house so that the arrangement is permanent.”
URC Constructions Pvt. Ltd., managing director C. Devarajan says the town-turned-city requires quality housing, which people moving into Erode consider while taking up a new assignment. He suggests having a satellite township. There is a wanting with regard to road connectivity as well. The proposal to construct a bypass connecting Nasiyanoor on the National Highways with Karur Road has remained in limbo for almost three years now.
Likewise, within the city the proposal to have two flyovers, a turmeric market, a marketing complex for the weekly textile market, etc. are yet to take off. The turmeric market has got caught in the vortex of politics.
The industrialists also feel the need for quality entertainment and education. Schools that follow Central Board of Secondary Education syllabus are few and far between. Mr. Shivkumar says engineers and other professionals also look at such facilities because in case of transfers it helps if the child is in a CBSE curriculum school.
All these require Government’s and private sector’s initiatives.
This is what Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) will try to do, says CII Erode Chapter vice-chairman D. Venkateswaran.
With the Confederation’s entry into Erode, it appears that the future ahead is brighter then earlier.