The new TNPL (Tamil Nadu Newsprint and Papers Limited) unit announced by Chief Minister Jayalalithaa for Tiruchi will be the State government’s first major industry in the district.

There are four industries under the control of the Central government’s ministries in the district.

‘Maharatna’ BHEL is a public sector undertaking under Ministry of Heavy Industries, Golden Rock Railway Workshop is controlled by the Mechanical Department of the Indian Railways, and the two ordnance factories in the ambit of Defence Ministry.

The Confederation of Indian Industry has welcomed the announcement as a positive move for further strengthening the local economy. The industry will come up over the next few years on an expanse of 989 acres at Mondipatti village in Chief Minister’s Srirangam constituency, along the Manapparai-Kulithalai highway.

As per the announcement, the TNPL will set up the 2,00,000-tonne per annum plant to make multilayer double-coated board at an investment of Rs. 1,200 crore, providing direct and indirect job opportunities to 2,000 persons.

The industry would augur well with abundant manpower availability in Manapparai area, Tiruchi Zone Chairperson of CII Rani Muralidharan said.

Incidentally, the only polytechnic course in paper technology in entire Tamil Nadu is offered at Seshasayee Institute of Technology.

With an intake of 50 students per annum for the course offered under sandwich pattern (three years and six months duration), the institute has been able to place all the students in industries. Under its Corporate Social Responsibility initiative, the TNPL bears the educational expenses of five economically backward and meritorious students every year.

According to SIT principal S. Sangapillai, the proposed industry will create more visibility for the paper technology sandwich course. Students of this course are preferred by paper industries to man the paper machine section.

As a process industry, it will widen opportunities for students of instrumentation, mechanical, electrical and chemical engineering backgrounds, Mr. Sangapillai said.

The new TNPL unit will be the first industry in the Chief Minister’s Srirangam constituency, which has so far benefitted from the proposals for a slew of educational institutions: National Law School, Indian Institute of Information Technology, Horticulture College for Women, and a constituent college of Bharathidasan University.