EVEN before the IT SEZ planned by the Electronics Corporation of Tamil Nadu (Elcot) could take shape, there seems to be a big rush for IT space among various corporates and developers in the city.

While city-based corporates like the Bannari Amman Group, Salzer group and KG group have come out with their plans on the IT front, many new commercial developers have also joined the bandwagon by getting formal SEZ approvals for their proposed projects. Coimbatore Hi-Tech Infrastructure is planning to develop an IT SEZ over 60.73 acres at Keeranatham village and Span Ventures has got formal approval for 10.5 acres IT/ITeS SEZ at Eachanari.

The state-owned Tamil Nadu Industrial Development Corporation (Tidco), is also planning an IT park in the city suburbs. Rakindo Developers, a 50-50 joint venture between Vishwatej Projects and Rakeen, UAE, along with Tidco has proposed to develop feeder township, residential and leisure facilities over 625 acres in the villages of Sundakamuthur, Perur Chettipalayam and Thithipalayam.

The group also plans to promote an IT park on 25 acres at Perur village at Chettipalayam in south Coimbatore district. Bannari Group plans to develop an IT SEZ over 78 acres at Kalapatty village in Coimbatore and has got formal approval for around 60 acres. The entire process is likely to be completed in the next few months. Salzer plans to develop 1 lakh sq.ft. IT park in association with a US-based consulting service provider while KG group has acquired around 160 acres near its existing campus at Saravanampatty for developing it as an ITES SEZ. I

According to sources in the property development business, by the end of 2009, approximately 10-15 million sq.ft, of new IT/ITeS space will enter the Coimbatore market.
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  • Sixty million litres water go waste daily

    TNN | Jun 30, 2018, 15:25 IST Representative image


    COIMBATORE: Pitching for the 24x7 water scheme, the bottom line of local administration minister S P Velumani’s statement in the assembly was that 50% of potable water supplied to the city was going waste presently.

    If not 50%, a conservative estimate by corporation officials puts the extent of water wastage at 30%. It accounts for a whopping 60 million litres (MLD) water daily on an average, out of the 200MLD water supplied to the 60 wards of core city a day. While evaporation accounts for a small percentage, civic body officials said much of the potable water was going waste due to pipe leakages.

    The city corporation, however, lacks an effective mechanism to curb this non revenue water. The 24x7 water supply scheme is expected to put an end to the leakage. Officials say they want to bring the leakage down to 5%.

    “Even when we have sufficient water in reservoirs, the civic body is not able to distribute it,” corporation commissioner K Vijayakarthikeyan said, explaining that the pipelines were designed as per the requirement of the pre-Independence era. “The requirement has increased manifold now.”

    Pointing out that there was a huge difference between the quantum of water released and the actual amount of water consumers receive, he said more than 30% potable water become non revenue water because of leakage and illegal connections. ‘We need to find a permanent solution to water leakage. The civic body will have to revamp the water distribution system,” Vijayakarthikeyan said.

    According to a corporation official, who didn’t want to be named, the illegal connections in the old corporation limits were very minimal and a large quantity of water was lost due to leakage.

    To address the issue, the civic body is expected to use ‘helium technique’ to detect water leakages in the pipelines, said a source privy to the 24x7 water scheme that was awarded to Suez project Private Limited. In this technique, helium gas would be introduced in water pipes and it would rise to surface from those areas with leakages as the water carries it out of the pipe.


    Presently, leakages go unnoticed as the pipes are buried deep under the ground. Otherwise, roads need to be cut to find the exact location of leakage. Citing that the ‘helium technique’ was about 90% accurate, the source said there was no need to cut the road for stretches together to locate the leakage.








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  • Electricity to polluting dyeing unit disconnected tnn | Updated: Jul 2, 2018, 00:35 IST

    Tirupur: Power supply to a textile dyeing unit in the city, which was found to be violating the zero liquid discharge (ZLD) norm, has been disconnected.

    The unit, at Nallur, had installed a dedicated effluent treatment plant to meet the ZLD norms. But recently, several complaints were lodged against it for discharging effluents without treating them.

    During an inspection, a team of the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB) officials found that the treatment plant was not functioning properly. As recommended by TNPCB, the district monitoring committee directed to severe electricity connection of the unit. Subsequently, the Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation (Tangedco) officials disconnected electricity to the unit. The Tirupur north division of the TNPCB recommended the closure of the dyeing unit on Saturday.

    Meanwhile, president of the Dyers Association of Tirupur S Nagarajan said, “Such violations from units are costing the collective efforts taken by the dyeing units in implementing ZLD. So, the association, which has its own monitoring committee, would recommend legal action against such violators.”








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  • Dyeing units given July 31 deadline to link with real-time monitoring system TNN | Jul 2, 2018, 00:35 IST

    Tirupur: The Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB) has fixed July 31 as the deadline for the textile dyeing units in the district to link with its real-time monitoring system. While the system was introduced more than a year ago, only about 15% of the units here have been linked so far, TNPCB sources said.

    Of the 550 dyeing units functioning in the Tirupur knitwear cluster, 450 have been utilising the service of the 18 common effluent treatment plants (CETPs). The rest have dedicated effluent treatment plants. Despite the continuous monitoring of the board, there were several complaints about alleged violation of the zero liquid discharge (ZLD) norms. Subsequently, TNPCB’s Water Quality Watching Centre in Chennai had launched the real-time monitoring system. All dyeing units were directed to link their monitoring channel with the centre online. The system allows the centre to monitor how the CETPs and the dyeing units function, details including quantity of industrial effluent produced, quantity of the treated and recycled.

    “So, far, only three CETPs, including Arulpuram, Park and Veerapandi CETPs, and around 80 units, which are clients of those CETPs, have linked with the real-time monitoring system. More than 85% of the units have not complied,” a TNPCB official told TOI.

    TNPCB announced the July 31 deadline at a recent review meeting with the members of the Dyers Association of Tirupur (DAT) in the city.

    “Many of the units, which did not complete the process, have expedited the work. We hope that they will fall in line within the time fixed,” said president of the association S Nagarajan.








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  • EPS dismisses charges of graft in green field project TNN | Jul 2, 2018, 00:52 IST

    Krishnagiri: Chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami rebutted charges of vested interest on his part in implementing the Salem – Chennai green corridor project, stating that the smear campaign by opposition parties was only to destabilize the AIADMK government.

    “They accuse that there is 40% commission involved and hence the state government is pushing for the project. These are allegations of those frustrated by their inability to take on the AIADMK politically,’’ he said in Krishanagiri on Sunday.

    Addressing party workers at the marriage ceremony of 90 couples to mark birth anniversary celebrations of late chief minister M G Ramachandran, EPS said if such was the scale of corruption involved in road projects, he wondered on the extent of money amassed by DMK leader T R Baalu when he was Union road transport minister.

    Referring to senior DMK leader Duraimurugan’s allegation of AIADMK eyeing 40% commission in the road project, EPS said 17 highway projects were executed during the UPA rule when Baalu was the road transport minister. “That was the reason Duraimurugan is aware of the scale of corruption,’’ he said.

    EPS also insinuated rift between Duraimurugan and T R Baalu. “Perhaps Duraimurugan was aware that I would retaliate by speaking about loot during Baalu’s period. Hence, he brought up the issue of corruption in road projects,’’ he said.

    EPS said that the Rs 10,000 crore green corridor was a central government project and the role of state government was only to extend required assistance to the Centre. “Implementation of the scheme and financing is by the Centre. Our task ends with land acquisition and granting of compensation for landowners,’’ he said.

    The chief minister said the government was on a very strong footing and hence it could tackle all the protests. “We have diffused all the protests because of our functionaries, cadres and public support,’’ he said.

    Since the cadres are solidly behind the party, the government is strong, he said.

    The project while bringing in development would also reduce accidents. “Not just this stretch, all roads need widening in the state to accommodate additional vehicle population,’’ he said.








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  • Building completion certificate must to get water, electricity connections: Govt TNN | Jul 2, 2018, 00:55 IST

    Coimbatore: No longer public buildings in the state could obtain water and electricity connections without submitting the ‘building completion certificate’ issued by the department of town and country planning.

    A government order mandates inspection of the building at two stages of construction to ensure that the building adheres to the approved plan. All the buildings that had obtained planning permission from the department of town and country planning after April 16, will come under the provision of the order.

    The building completion certificate would be issued only after the owner submits a certificate from the fire service certifying that the building adheres to the fire safety norms. According to the order, industrial buildings and residential buildings up to three dwelling units are exempted from this norm.

    Welcoming the move of the government, K Kathirmathiyon from Coimbatore Consumer Cause, who have been demanding regularization of buildings for years together, said that only if the norms are strictly implemented, public safety could be ensured in the buildings.

    He said there are numerous buildings in the state which do not ensure any safety to the public, but still function for years together without rectifying it.

    As per norms, the temporary electricity and water supply given to the buildings under construction level would be disconnected if they fail to submit completion certificate within a period, he said. Buildings are not permitted to utilize the temporary connection once the construction is completed.

    While the order mandates that a building should ensure that 60% of the parking facilities, he said most of the buildings does not have parking facilities at all. The commuters either park the vehicles on the road or the building owner has a separate parking lot, he said.

    Rather than penalizing the building owner for failing to adhere to the norms, the move of the government to stop electricity and water connections would prevent unauthorized buildings to a larger extend, he added.







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  • Building completion certificate must to get water, electricity connections: Tamil Nadu govt A government order mandates inspection of the building at two stages of construction to ensure that the building adheres to the approved planTNN | July 02, 2018, 15:30 IST

    COIMBATORE: No longer public buildings in the state could obtain water and electricity connections without submitting the ‘building completion certificate’ issued by the department of town and country planning.

    A government order mandates inspection of the building at two stages of construction to ensure that the building adheres to the approved plan. All the buildings that had obtained planning permission from the department of town and country planning after April 16, will come under the provision of the order.

    The building completion certificate would be issued only after the owner submits a certificate from the fire service certifying that the building adheres to the fire safety norms. According to the order, industrial buildings and residential buildings up to three dwelling units are exempted from this norm.

    Welcoming the move of the government, K Kathirmathiyon from Coimbatore Consumer Cause, who have been demanding regularization of buildings for years together, said that only if the norms are strictly implemented, public safety could be ensured in the buildings.

    He said there are numerous buildings in the state which do not ensure any safety to the public, but still function for years together without rectifying it.

    As per norms, the temporary electricity and water supply given to the buildings under construction level would be disconnected if they fail to submit completion certificate within a period, he said. Buildings are not permitted to utilize the temporary connection once the construction is completed.

    While the order mandates that a building should ensure that 60% of the parking facilities, he said most of the buildings does not have parking facilities at all. The commuters either park the vehicles on the road or the building owner has a separate parking lot, he said.

    Rather than penalizing the building owner for failing to adhere to the norms, the move of the government to stop electricity and water connections would prevent unauthorized buildings to a larger extend, he added.








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  • ‘Speed up land acquisition for airport expansion’ TNN | Updated: Jul 4, 2018, 05:56 IST Representative image

    COIMBATORE: Commissioner of land acquisition has urged the land commission department to speed up the process to acquire land for airport expansion as almost 90% landowners has agreed to give up their land. The department is expected to start the registration process as soon as it receives funds for the same.

    The department has also agreed to consider all demands put forth by the landowners, who are yet to give up their land. They own around 40 acres land.

    After inspecting the land earmarked for the project, commissioner of land acquisition Jeyakodi had last week directed officials to speed up the land acquisition process. “He spoke to the landowners who are willing to part with the land that would account for 90% requirement,” said a collectorate official.

    “Now, we will start documentation process and it involves study of (land) ownership - whether it’s joint family or ancestral property. Based on this, we will work out payment and register land. The registration will take place only after we receive the funds,” he said.

    The state government has allotted Rs 3,400 crore for acquisition of 466 acres land owned by private individuals. “The state government has fixed Rs 900 per sqft for agricultural land and it will translate into 4 crore per acre,” said Vijay Vikraman, a land owner. “However, Rs 1,500 per sqft for residential and industrial land is too less going by the prevailing market rate, which is almost double the price. They are not considering the cost of buildings,” he said. Vikraman also said there was no clarity on any plan to rehabilitate them or offer them an alternate plot.
    The government has, meanwhile, managed to acquire 137 acres of defence land and 22 acres of poromboke land.






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  • ‘Heritage lines should be free of hawkers and encroachments’ TNN | Updated: Jul 4, 2018, 05:48 IST

    UDHAGAMANDALAM: Railway stations on heritage lines such as the Nilgiri Mountain Railway (NMR) should be free of hawkers and encroachments, observed the parliamentary committee on estimates at a meeting in Ooty on Saturday.

    The meeting was held between the 12-member committee and eight senior officials of southern railway headed by general manager R K Kulshrestha on ‘estimates and development on eco-tourism in Indian railways’.

    According to railway officials, the salient features of NMR were briefed to the MPs through a presentation.

    On emission of smoke from NMR, Kulshrestha said steam engines were used previously. Now, they had been converted to coal-fired and oil-fired engines to reduce smoke, he said.

    He informed the committee about rides that were started in the past two months between Ooty and Ketti. “If there is demand such services can be extended for two more stations in the section,” he told the committee.

    Stating that non-fare earnings could be used to promote eco-tourism, the railway officials suggested that IRCTC could help NMR to avoid plastic items.

    Besides, the general manager said to the committee that the feasibility of running Bharat Darshan train between Tamil Nadu and Kerala would also be explored.

    On running luxury trains in Tamil Nadu, Kulshrestha said there was no proposal for running luxury trains in the state and operating of luxury trains would be governed by state government.

    Having noted the points given by the officials, the MPs suggested that one or two coaches could be used to treat patients in need of basic medical facilities in all trains .






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  • Coimbatore airport expansion: Officials asked to speed up land acquisition process

    Pratiksha Ramkumar| TNN | Updated: Jul 3, 2018, 20:18 IST

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    COIMBATORE: The department in charge of acquiring land for expansion of the Coimbatore airport is set to speed up the land acquisition process. Almost 90% of the land owners have agreed to give up their land. The land commission department will start the registration process once it gets the funds.

    The land commission department has also agreed to consider the demands of the opposing land owners.

    Last week, commissioner of land acquisition V K Jeyakodi did a spot inspection of the lands set to be acquired. After the inspection, he ordered officials to speed up the process of acquisition.

    “He spoke to the land owners who have agreed to give up their lands, which forms 90% of the land required,” said a collectorate official. “We have to start the process of documentation which includes studying the ownership, whether it’s a joint family or an ancestral property. It is based on it that we must prepare the land acquisition document, disburse the payment and register the land,” he said.

    “While we have begun studying the ownership documents and the documentation process, the registration can take place only once the funds are handed over to us,” he said.

    The state government has allotted Rs 2,000 crore for acquisition of 466 acres of land owned by private individuals. By April, owners of the 90% of land marked for acquisition agreed to give up their land. “The state government has fixed a price of Rs 900 per sq ft for agricultural land, which is almost double of what the owners expected. It comes to Rs 4 crore per acre or Rs 40 crore for 10 acres,” said land owner Vijay Vikraman.

    “However, the price fixed at Rs 1,500 per sq ft for residential and industrial land is too less because the going rate in the market is almost double the price and they are not considering the cost of the buildings in those lands,” he said.

    “There is also no clarity on any plans to rehabilitate us or offer us an alternate plot of land,” he said. The government has also managed to acquire 137 acres of defence land and 28 acres of poromboke land.

    The land owners opposing the acquisition own around 40 acres of the land marked for acquisition. The land commissioner is said to have agreed to consider their requests.










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  • After several petitions by residents, Coimbatore Corporation starts to lay road in K K Pudur Pratiksha Ramkumar| TNN | Jul 3, 2018, 19:51 IST

    COIMBATORE: Residents of K K Pudur heaved a sigh of relief on Tuesday after Coimbatore Corporation officials landed up on their road with an excavator and tar.

    For more than one and half years, the residents and the area’s former councillor, K M Ravi, have been petitioning the civic body to lay the road. The road was dug up almost two years ago to lay the main Siruvani water pipeline.

    The residents were relieved when they saw a Coimbatore Corporation excavator entering the sixth street, also called Manian Vellalar Street, on Tuesday morning. Some workers also were seen bringing in gravel and tar.

    “The corporation seems to have finally heard our petition,” says Sumathi K, a resident of Venkittapuram, who used that road to by pass the busy NSR Road and reach the Mettupalayam Road.

    “This is a critical interior road used by residents of Jeeva Nagar and Venkittapuram to reach Kavundampalayam and the Mettupalayam Road, said councillor, K M Ravi. “Even minibuses run on this road,” he said.

    Residents said the corporation had allotted funds for relaying the road even before it was dug up for laying the water pipe underneath it. “However, they had not laid the road for more than a year after the pipe laying was completed,” said Vishnu S, a resident of the area.

    “Sources said it was because I was the councillor of the ward and I belonged to DMK,” said Ravi.

    “However, I recently met MLA PRG Arun Kumar who agreed to lay the road with his funds and it has come to fruition finally. We are thankfully to the civic body,” he added.






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  • CPM leader asks government to make papers on water supply public TNN | Updated: Jul 4, 2018, 05:14 IST Representative image

    COIMBATORE: CPM politburo member, G Ramakrishnan demanded that the state government make the contract signed with Suez Projects for water supply scheme in Coimbatore public.

    Talking to reporters on Tuesday, Ramakrishnan said the government and the Coimbatore corporation were misleading the public on the drinking water supply privatisation project.

    He said Coimbatore corporation has failed to clarify the apprehensions raised by the people about the multi-crore project.

    “The newspaper advertisement issued by the civic body on the project was misleading and contradictory,” he said urging that the state government and corporation should stop feeding wrong information about the drinking water scheme.

    Accusing the state government of crippling civil rights, he said cases were registered against those raising their voice against the government and arrested. “The eight lane green corridor from Salem to Chennai is unnecessary since there are two other highway stretches between the two places,’’ he said.

    Slamming the BJP, he said Prime Minister Narendra Modi proclaims to have brought growth after implementation of GST, but fails to talk about unemployment and closure of small units GST implementation. The state government had admitted that 50,000 industrial units were closed.








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  • ‘Scrap green corridor project’

    TNN | Jul 4, 2018, 05:20 IST
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    COIMBATORE: CPI (Maoist) leader Roopesh raised slogans against the state machinery for ‘oppressing people’ as he was taken to the court of third additional district judge here on Tuesday.

    Roopesh, who was lodged at the Thrissur Central Prison in Kerala, was escorted to the city by a police team. The court extended his judicial custody to July 31. As he was escorted to the Coimbatore Central Prison from the court, Roopesh raised slogans against the Salem-Chennai eight-lane green corridor project and demanded the state government to withdraw the project immediately.

    Meanwhile, his wife Shyna and Maoists Anoop Mathew George, Veeramani and Kannan were produced before the judge through video conferencing system from the Coimbatore Central Prison. The court also extended their judicial custody to July 31.

    Roopesh and Shyna will be escorted to Tirupur by a team of police and they will be produced before a court there on Wednesday.






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  • Corporation to replace 100-year-old technique to improve water supply TNN | Updated: Jul 4, 2018, 05:25 IST Representative image

    COIMBATORE: In order to improve the water distribution system in the city, the civic body is all set to take a giant leap forward by replacing more than 100-year-old technique, which had been in use since the British era, with the pressure management technique. The result will be equitable distribution.

    “The move will help us to ensure that equal amount of good quality water is distributed to all the households,” a senior corporation official said.

    The major development will be implementation of hydraulic pressure modelling technology, said a source with Suez India Private Limited, which is incharge of implementing 24x7 water supply scheme in 60 wards of old corporation limits.

    On an average, 200MLD of water from Siruvani and Pillur reservoirs is distributed to these wards and the latest pipelines laid in the limits are 40 years old.

    Explaining that hydraulic pressure modelling in water distribution system could be achieved by dividing the entire network into small sections, the source said it would prevent huge amount of water loss.

    For implementing it, 32 zones in the old corporation limits would be divided into 101 divisions. Each division would have a commanding area, where water discharged from reservoirs would be stored before releasing it to the buildings.

    By increasing commanding areas, it is possible to maintain equal water pressure throughout the supply network, official said. Plans are also on to construct 29 additional water tanks in the old corporation limits.

    In order to tighten the monitoring system and ensure that pressure does not reduce, the official said, they would also install supervisory control and data acquisition at frequent intervals to monitor water level.

    When water pressure remains constant throughout the network, equal distribution of water could be achieved easily, the source said.

    The technology, which has been implemented in several parts of the country, would not only improve supply system, but also reduce contamination and minimize the distribution losses as water pressure and flow is measured at equal intervals.

    Explaining that apart from releasing water from reservoirs, there would be no intervention in water flow unless there were some serious issues, the official said due to increase in multi-storeyed buildings and population, presently there has been an increase in the quantity of water drawn and water consumption time.

    “Most often, buildings at the tail end receive water only after hours of delay. The new technology would address the issue,” the official said.








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  • Sixth street at KK Pudur to get new road TNN | Updated: Jul 4, 2018, 05:46 IST
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    COIMBATORE: Residents of K K Pudur on Tuesday morning heaved a sigh of relief after city corporation officials landed up in their area with a road roller and tar. They have been petitioning the civic body for about one and half years to lay the road in Manian Vellalar Street, also called sixth street.

    The road was dug up to lay the main pipeline for Siruvani water almost two years ago. “The corporation seems to have finally decided to heed to our petitions,” says Sumathi K, a resident of Venkittapuram, who uses the road to skip the busy NSR Road to reach Mettupalayam Road.

    “This is a critical interior road used by residents of Jeeva Nagar and Venkittapuram to reach Kavundampalayam and Mettupalayam Road,” said former councillor of the area K M Ravi. “Even mini buses take this road.”

    Residents say the corporation had allotted funds for relaying the road even before it was dug up for laying the pipeline. “However, it did not lay the road for more than a year after the pipe-laying works were completed,” said Vishnu S, a resident of the area.

    “I recently met MLA PRG Arun Kumar who agreed to lay the road with MLA local funds. They put puja for the project almost a month ago but did not start the project,” Ravi said. “We began putting up posters about inaction by officials, which probably pushed them to act.”








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  • Coimbatore’s infrastructure needs will be met: Muralidhar Rao

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    Bharatiya Janata Party National General Secretary P. Muralidhar Rao addressing the gathering at an interactive session organised by the Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Coimbatore on Wednesday.M. PeriasamyM_Periasamy

    BJP to facilitate meeting between Central ministers and industry, trade leaders


    The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders in the State will take steps to facilitate a meeting with Central ministers to expedite the implementation of key infrastructure projects in Coimbatore, the party's National General Secretary P. Muralidhar Rao assured industry and trade leaders here on Wednesday at an interactive session at the Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Coimbatore.

    In the next 15 days, the representatives of the Chamber, Codissia and other trade bodies would be able to meet Ministers Nitin Gadkari, Piyush Goyal and a few others to highlight the need for taking up projects related to development of national highways and rail connectivity.

    Political stake

    He would also play a catalytic role, Mr. Rao said and added, “For the BJP too it was important that the projects take off because it has a political stake in such development and considered Coimbatore to be the Centre in its plan to gain strength in Tamil Nadu.”

    In fact, the meeting should have happened much earlier because even Members of Parliament from the Telangana Rashtriya Samiti, which was not BJP's ally, had met Mr. Gadkari and taken home schemes for Telangana. Congress MLAs from Karnataka too had met the Minister and got what they wanted, he said. .

    Earlier, architect Arun Prasad spoke on the need for early implementation of the Karur-Coimbatore express way, eastern ring road, flyovers on the Trichy Road and Mettupalayam Road and other such works related to national highways.

    Coimbatore District Small Industries Association president V. Sundaram spoke on the problems faced by job-order industry and demanded they be treated on a par with manufacturing industries for levying GST, in the generation of e-way bills and simplification of slab rates.

    Realtor Rajesh Lund called for reduction in GST for housing projects. Representatives also spoke about increasing air connectivity from and to Coimbatore and EMU services to Mettupalayam, Pollachi, Tirupur and Palakkad.

    Chamber Chairperson Vanitha Mohan welcomed the gathering and industrialist Ravi Sam proposed the vote of thanks.










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