Industries minister on April 19 said six new industrial parks will be established across the state spread over 8,000 acres. He told the assembly that these parks would come up in Sriperumbudur, Cheyyar, Tuticorin, Madurai, Oragadam and Tindivanam.
The minister said the new park in Sriperumbudur will generate direct employment for 3,000 persons and indirect jobs to 20,000 persons. This park would be spread over 1,780 acres. “Many MNCs have evinced an interest to establish units in their park,” the minister said.
The Cheyyar industrial complex would entail an expansion on 2,300 acres of land while in the case of Tuticorin it would be 1,179 acres under Phase II for the Thoothukudi industrial complex. In case of the Madurai industrial park, the government is in the process of acquiring 1,478 acres and 720 acres of land in the Tindivanam industrial park. Land extending 616 acres will be added to the Oragadum industrial growth centre under Phase II of the project.
In addition, SIPCOT (State industries Promotion Corporation of Tamil Nadu) is also in the midst of preparing a comprehensive plan for Sriperumbudur with the help of consultants to upgrade basic social infrastructure and also housing facilities for employees in the region. “The government has issued orders for 100 acres of land each to be allotted by SIPCOT for setting up separate industrial parks for investors from countries like Japan, Korea, Finland, Germany and France to attract more foreign investment,” Thangamani said. The allotment would be made after acquisition of lands in the Sriperumbudur industrial park expansion (Vallam-Vadagal scheme).
In addition, SIPCOT has identified another 25,000 acres to develop the industrially backward southern districts. “It is proposed to create a land bank of 20,000 acres to fulfill the Tamil Nadu Vision 2023 document,” the minister said.
SIPCOT is exploring the possibility of establishing a water treatment plant to meet the present water requirements of 10 MGD (million gallons per day) for industrial park requirement either through a public private partnership model or with Chennai Metro Water.
TIDCO (Tamil Nadu Industrial Development Corporation) is also in the process of constructing bio park Phase II that will provide an additional lab space of 6.13 lakh square feet for bio technology, pharmaceuticals, nano technology and other research and development activities at a cost of Rs 150 crore at Taramani, Chennai and is also planning a LNG (liquefied natural gas) import terminal at an estimated cost of Rs 4,320 crore near Ennore.
Source: The Times of India, Chennai