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  • Special focus owing to the presence of a number of industries, hospitals and educational institutions
  • Government will extend concessions offered to IT firms to other sectors too

    COIMBATORE: The Government will soon come out with a Master Plan for Coimbatore to aid planned development, Minister for Information and Publicity and Urban Development and Town Planning Parithi Ilamvazhuthi said here on Friday.

    Inaugurating Confederation of Indian Industry's `ConNext 2007', a conference on `Urban Planning and Construction for the Future', Mr. Ilamvazhuthi said the plan was a long-pending demand of Coimbatore.

    Besides, exclusive Development Control Rules for Coimbatore would be introduced, he said. In its effort to promote all-round development, the Government planned to extend to other sectors concessions offered to information technology firms on built-up area stipulations.

    Changes were being made to existing rules so that these could be made common to all sectors and take into consideration emerging conditions.

    Another indication of the Government's stress on urban development was the move to fill all vacancies in the department concerned.The Minister observed that Coimbatore was into a phase of rapid development and the city was on its way to becoming another Chennai. There was a special focus on Coimbatore owing to the presence of a large number of industries, hospitals and educational institutions.

    As many as 272 schemes were being implemented and more schemes would be drawn up.

    This was proof of the Government's stand that besides Chennai, the other cities should also develop.

    There was equal focus on industrial and infrastructure growth.

    The Government's e-governance initiative would ensure transparency in urban planning and development and enable people to access Development Control Rules on the Internet.

    The Minister wanted the construction industry to join the process of development, taking it as a social endeavour. He called for an integrated approach to development, as the responsibility now was to ensure growth in the right direction.

    Though the construction industry provided a number of jobs, next only to agriculture, it was a matter of concern that this sector faced shortage of manpower, Mr. Ilamvazhuthi said.

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