Government plans 14 new industrial estates

PRESSING THE BUTTON: Rural Industries Minister Pongalur N. Palanisamy (fourth from right), inaugurating the infrastructure upgradation works at Ambattur industrial estate at a function organised in Chennai on Wednesday. PHOTO: K.V. SRINIVASAN   | Photo Credit: PHOTO: K.V. SRINIVASAN

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Collaboration between Centre, State and SME s

Infrastructure upgradation works at Ambattur industrial estate inauguratedIndustrial clusters planned in various centres in Tamil Nadu: Minister

CHENNAI: The State Government plans to set up 14 new industrial estates in various regions on a joint partnership basis, Rural Industries Minister Pongalur N. Palanisamy said on Wednesday.

They would be a collaboration between the Centre, State and small and medium enterprises associations, he said.

Mr. Palanisamy was inaugurating infrastructure upgradation works at Ambattur industrial estate, at a function organised by the Chennai Auto Ancillary Industrial Infrastructure Upgradation Company and the Ambattur Industrial Estate Manufacturers' Association.

He said industrial clusters would be set up at Tirupur for textiles, Coimbatore (motor pumps), Ambattur (auto components), Ambur (tanning) and Madurai (foodgrains production), and Rs. 370 crore had been earmarked.

Infrastructure upgradation works would be taken up at Ambattur, Tirumudivakkam and Thirumazhisai industrial estates at a cost of Rs 48 crore. A Special Purpose Vehicle would be set up for monitoring and administering the project. The auto components industry in the State was in for a giant leap in production as global automobile majors were planning facilities in Chennai, he said.

The sector was estimated to generate 5.2 lakh jobs by 2015, but challenges existed in the form of capacity building and meeting skill requirements, Arun Ramanathan, Small Industries Secretary, said.

Though the estimated cost for upgrading Ambattur, Tirumudivakkam and Thirumazhisai estates had been pegged at Rs. 47 crore, it had now risen to Rs. 60 crore, T.R. Srinivasan, Chairman, Tamil Nadu Small Industries Development Corporation, said. Cost, however, would not be a deterrent in completing the project.

The upgradation project was a success of public-private partnership, M. Raman, Director of Industries and Commerce, said.

The upgradation work would initially involve laying roads and constructing storm water drainage, but would soon include other amenities too, Shanthini Kapoor, Managing Director, TANSIDCO, said.

B. Renganathan MLA, A.S. Hariprasad, chairman, CAAIIUC, and K. Pichumani, chairman, AIEMA, were present.