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Collector pitches for trade centre in Erode

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Taking a look: Collector R. Sudalaikannan (second right) at the Build-Expo 2009, organised on Friday by Erode District Civil Engineers Association and Erode Civil Engineers Trust.
Taking a look: Collector R. Sudalaikannan (second right) at the Build-Expo 2009, organised on Friday by Erode District Civil Engineers Association and Erode Civil Engineers Trust.

Staff Reporter

Industries and associations should join hands to build it, he says

ERODE: Erode needs a trade centre or an exhibition hall and to make it a reality all trade and industry bodies should join hands, Collector R. Sudalaikannan has said.

“Without waiting for the government support, all industries and associations should come forward and build the centre,” he said at the inauguration of Build-Expo 2009, organised here on Friday by Erode District Civil Engineers Association and Erode Civil Engineers Trust.

“It should be a private initiative just as Coimbatore District Small Industries Association has built the CODISSIA hall there.” Such a hall would be of great assistance to industries and associations in Erode because exhibition played an important role in marketing.

“During my three-year stint as the managing director of Chennai Trade Centre, I understood the importance of exhibiting a product.”

The Collector also said that the practice of holding exhibitions and fairs had become so specialised that countries like China and Germany had specialised departments for the purpose. He then asked the Association and Trust to play a catalytic role in making the trade centre a reality.

Kangayam MLA Vidiyal S. Sekar said he was happy to note that the Trust had taken up the task of planting saplings in Erode and the State as well. He suggested that the builders adopt environment-friendly building practices and ensure that every structure they build had a rainwater harvesting facility. “Even if your client is reluctant, you should educate him and build the facility.” He also asked them to go in for energy-saving bulbs.

R. Mohanraj, state president, Federation of all Civil Engineers Association of Tamil Nadu, appealed to the Collector to use his discretionary powers to nominate a representative of builders association in the Local Planning Authority. He then detailed the social welfare activities the Association had undertaken in Erode.

“Through our affiliate organisations, we propose to plant one crore saplings in the State,” he said.

K.P. Duraisamy, president of the Trust, said the organisation proposed to enter in to a tie-up with Bharathiar University, Coimbatore, for certificate courses in masonry, electrical wiring and fitting, plumbing, etc.

“This is because the construction industry is not getting quality masons, electricians and plumbers,” he explained. He then asked the Collector for a land to set up an institute to offer the certificate courses.

R. Sivalingam, president of the Association, said with 125 stalls the current exhibition was successfully in to its ninth edition. R. Kaisalam, president of the organising committee, welcomed the gathering. T. Stalin Gunasekaran of Makkal Sindhanai Peravai also participated in the function.

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