Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Tuticorin, has thanked the Union Minister of State for Commerce and Industry E.M. Sudarsana Natchiappan for having established recently a quality evaluation laboratory for spices at a cost of Rs.8 crore in Tuticorin.

The chamber sought his intervention to bring more facilities in Tuticorin to benefit export and import traders. D.R. Kodeeswaran, Secretary, ICCI, said here on Tuesday that Tuticorin, which is facilitated by all means of communication, requires a new special economic zone and the state-of-the-art warehouses for stocking processed food items meant for export and import.

He urged minister to expand the Tuticorin airport by acquiring 414 acres in addition to the already acquired lands to an extent of 586 acres for modernisation.

The chamber had sought the help of Dr. Natchiappan to recommend Airport Authority of India and the Ministry of Civil Aviation for augmenting facilities on a par with international airports.

Mr. Kodeeswaran requested the intervention of railway authorities for doubling of tracks to ensure carriage of cargoes in a speedy manner to V.O. Chidambaranar Port, Tuticorin. The move would enhance the growth of cargo traffic by and large. Since hectic imports and exports of dhal and other food items were being carried out under its logistic support, he said many stakeholders had been demanding an ultra modern laboratory on the port premises for quality check as done for spices here.