Special Correspondent

THANJAVUR: Difference in cement prices between Chennai and Thanjavur was brought to the notice of the Union Minister of Finance, S. S. Palanimanickam, by the Engineers and Architects Association here on Saturday.

Office-bearers of the association said that the price of cement per bag at Chennai was Rs. 220 while it was Rs. 260 at Thanjavur. They appealed to the Minister to take steps to reduce the price of cement in Thanjavur. To this, the Minister who participated in the function and released a souvenir on the exhibition organised by the Association, said that the Thanjavur Collector and the State Industries Secretary could discuss the matter and decide on reducing the price of cement in Thanjavur. The Minister also offered his services in this connection. "I will also take up the matter with the Government,” he said.

He said that architects should keep Big Temple as a model. It was an architectural marvel. The Central Government had allotted Rs. 48,000 crore in this budget for industries. Industrial growth was good in the country and because of it only the country could survive the economic slowdown. Lots of new technologies had been introduced in construction industry. Skilled labourers such as masons should be taught those technologies by engineers. Technology upgradation was necessary for masons to use new equipment and skills.

S. Rajendran, engineer, presided over the function.