Malaysian Tamils propose to create five industrial townships

‘Smart cities’ along Tuticorin–Madurai Industrial Corridor

September 14, 2015 12:00 am | Updated March 28, 2016 05:22 pm IST - Tirunelveli:

Selvarajoo Sundram, chairman, GOPIO, addressing a meeting at Palayamkottai.— Photo: A. SHAIKMOHIDEEN

Selvarajoo Sundram, chairman, GOPIO, addressing a meeting at Palayamkottai.— Photo: A. SHAIKMOHIDEEN

Malaysian Tamils, who have proposed to create an integrated industrial township along Tuticorin– Madurai Industrial Corridor, have decided to create five such ‘smart cities’ along the corridor, thanks to the confidence instilled by the recently held Global Investors’ Meet in Chennai.

Participating in an interaction, jointly organised here on Saturday night by Tirunelveli District Chamber of Commerce and Industry and AMRL Hitech City Limited, Selvarajoo Sundram, chairman, GOPIO (Global Organization of People of Indian Origin) International, said that the Global Investors’ Meet had sown confidence in the minds of potential investors across the globe, especially among Malaysian Tamils, as the officials designated for this purpose were so serious in attracting industrial investments to Tamil Nadu by facilitating clearance process within the stipulated 30 days deadline set by Chief Minister Jayalalithaa.

Since the southern districts of Tamil Nadu, especially Tirunelveli and Tuticorin, had immense potential with adequate availability of skilled workers, vast stretches of unused lands, power and water facility, this region would see tremendous change in the days to come, he said.

Tuticorin– Madurai Industrial Corridor, which would house Malaysian Tamil’s integrated industrial township, would see more developments in the coming years.

“I assure you that this stretch will house five such townships in the next five years if things move fast as we anticipate,” Mr. Selvarajoo said. Secretary general of GOPIO International and president of GOPIO’s Malaysian Chapter Ravendiran Arjunan said that Malaysian Tamils, besides setting up the industrial townships, would also concentrate on seaports, housing projects, power plants, water and waste management scehems.

President of AMRL Hitech City N. Eswar Rao said that AMRL Multiproduct Special Economic Zone at Nanguneri had recently attracted industrial investment to the tune of 436.20 crore, which could give employment to 1,640 persons.

Secretary, Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Tuticorin, D.R. Kodeeswaran gave a power point presentation that comprehensively showcased the strengths of the coastal district capable of attracting more industrial investments in the near future.

President of Tirunelveli District Chamber of Commerce and Industry Gunasingh Chelladurai presided over the event.

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