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Water supply in panchayats will be augmented: Minister

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FELICITATION: Minister for Animal Husbandry P Geetha Jeevan delivering an address on `Infrastructure Projects for Tuticorin' in Tuticorin on Saturday. Photo: N. Rajesh.
FELICITATION: Minister for Animal Husbandry P Geetha Jeevan delivering an address on `Infrastructure Projects for Tuticorin' in Tuticorin on Saturday. Photo: N. Rajesh.

Staff Reporter

Pending water schemes in Tuticorin will be over

Tuticorin: Minister for Animal Husbandry P Geetha Jeevan said priority would be given to augment drinking water supply in panchayat areas in the district too, through similar mode of distribution adopted for supply in Tuticorin municipal limits.

Delivering an address on `Infrastructure Projects for Tuticorin' at a ceremony organised by All India Chamber of Commerce and Industries here on Saturday evening to felicitate her for having become a Minister, she said steps would be taken to complete all pending water schemes such as Mangalakurichi scheme and leaks in the water distribution system would be plugged promptly.

On battered roads in the town, she said repairs would be carried out on a war footing to enable smooth transportation.

She assured industrialists that a high quality link road would be established from Tuticorin town to Maniyachi railway station via Thattaparai to facilitate them to board north-bound trains passing through it since there were only three trains in toto operating from Tuticorin station.

Ms. Jeevan sought the help of the industrial fraternity to make the dreams of State Government to run Tuticorin into a clean and green town a la `tiny' Singapore.

`Timber park' sought

In his address, Joe Villavarayar, president, AICCI, asked the Minister to bring a `timber park' to Tuticorin for the production of value-added timber products from the region and export them.

"Already, a large volumes of raw timber are imported through Tuticorin port. A timber park with facilities for value-addition would enable the entrepreneurs to produce high quality finished products, which help them fetch better unit value realisation in the niche market segments abroad," he said.

He requested the State Government to implement Value Added Tax system at the earliest for the benefit of the industry.

"Trade and industry in the states where the VAT has been implemented have benefited immensely."

Anand Ganesh, secretary general, AICCI, was present.

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