: A high-level technical committee of the State Highways Department will approve within the next couple of days the tender for re-laying the 100-feet two-way road branching off from Gundur along Tiruchi-Pudukottai Highway to Navalpattu IT Park, according to official sources.

The IT Park promoted by Electronics Corporation of Tamil Nadu (ELCOT) is expected to attract more companies with the strong link road in place. Late last year, the State Government sanctioned Rs. 6.1 crore for early construction of the about six-kilometre stretch. The amount was sanctioned for utilisation within this financial year, in sync with ELCOT's stance that proper road connectivity is required to attract more number of IT Parks. At present, two companies: Assist IT Solutions and iLink function out of the built up space, and together employ about 60 professionals, ELCOT sources said, adding that Seventh Sense has initiated the process of starting its operations.

Though ELCOT kept emphasising for strong road connectivity ever since Navalpattu was chosen for the IT Park in Tiruchi, there was enormous delay in transferring the 100 feet road from jurisdiction of Navalpattu and Gundur Panchayats to State Highways department. Once the Department of Rural Development expedited the process following a change in regime, the Government promptly issued an order sanctioning funds. The standpoint of IT companies is that the advantage of proximity to the international airport could be well exercised only after the link road gets re-laid.

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