Staff Reporter

Call for direct air service to New Delhi

MADURAI: Industrial associations have welcomed the laying of foundation stone for two information technology parks at Ilanthaikulam and Vadapalanji on the city’s outskirts and a new terminal building at the Madurai airport by the Chief Minister on Saturday

Chairman of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Madurai Zone, R. Dinesh, said that the IT parks would provide employment to 50,000 students in south Tamil Nadu. Many companies had evinced interest in starting operations in the parks. With the upgrading of Madurai airport in progress, he suggested that it be included among the 18 airports chosen for development.

The CII thanked the efforts of Information Technology Secretary C. Chandramouli and Managing Director of Electronics Corporation of Tamil Nadu (ELCOT) C. Umashankar for taking efforts for a balanced development of the State.

In a memorandum submitted to the Chief Minister, the Tamil Nadu Chamber of Commerce and Industry president, S. Rethinavelu, mooted the formation of a high-level advisory committee to eliminate procedural bottlenecks encountered by traders and farmers in the collection of agricultural market committee cess.

He also urged the Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation, Praful Patel, to introduce direct air service between Madurai and New Delhi.

Madurai being the gateway for southern districts of Tamil Nadu, the Ministry should introduce the service as early as possible.