To boost the industrial economy in Thoothukudi are yet to take off

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Entrepreneurs disappointed as many projects fail to take off

Entrepreneurs are a disappointed lot as several development projects announced by late Chief Minister Jayalalithaa to boost the industrial economy in Thoothukudi are yet to take off.



Though many projects were listed, all eyes were on the emergence of Madurai -Thoothukudi industrial corridor as growth of manufacturing sector could create a lot of job opportunities. Many entrepreneurs were hoping for these projects to take shape, K. Nehruprakash, vice president, Thoothukudi District Tiny and Small Scale Industries Association (THUDITSSIA) told The Hindu here on Tuesday.

Around 5,500 acres of land were identified through State Industries Promotion Corporation of Tamil Nadu (SIPCOT), but there has been no progress.

More importantly, there has been no headway in the Rs. 67,000 crore industrial investment project in Thoothukudi that was talked about at the Global Investors Meet in 2014, he pointed out.

It was hoped that with Thoothukudi being a port city and an industrial hub, it would attract a lion’s share of the industrial investment. But this did not happen and even the desalination plant, which was announced four years ago by the State government, is yet to see the light of day.

This plant, he pointed out was the need of the hour as the district had witnessed an unprecedented water scarcity early this year and the district administration had stopped water supply to industries for several months since January 7, he recalled.

He also felt the need for expediting land acquisition to expand the Thoothukudi airport, which could also open up avenues for airship cargo.

Even infrastructure projects, like the short cut road to connect Vanchi Maniyachi railway station from Thoothukudi to facilitate rail passengers has not taken off. To ward traffic chaos in Thoothukudi town, a fly-over at four road intersection on Palayamkottai road was announced in 2011 and still the facility has not been provided, Mr. Nehruprakash pointed out.

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