Monday, October 25, 2010

Friday, October 8, 2010

IT Park structural works to be over by month-end

Civil and structural works in the Tiruchi IT Park at Navalpattu would be completed by October 30, State IT Minister Poongothai Aladi Aruna said on Friday.

IT and ITEs companies have already booked fifty per cent of the 50,000 square feet ‘warm shell' space in the IT Park, Ms. Poongothai said after a spot-review of the works in the IT Park.

She was accompanied by State Transport Minister K.N. Nehru, Managing Director of Electronics Corporation of Tamil Nadu (ELCOT) Santhosh Babu, District Collector Mahesan Kasirajan and other senior officials.

The ELCOT has constructed the IT Park building at an investment of Rs. 14.26 crore. Another Rs. 14.21 crore has been spent on creation of amenities like road, electricity and construction of compound wall. The electro-mechanical works would taken up for a month once the structural works get completed, a senior ELCOT official said.

Terming the IT Park in Coimbatore as the growth model for a Tier-II city in the country, Ms. Poongothai said Tiruchi ranks next only to Coimbatore in terms of the preference by national and multi-national companies to start their operations.

Of the 147 acres in the IT Park, allotment of 100 acres has been made to companies so far. Nine companies would be establishing their own facilities in the allotted portion, the Minister said, adding that the date for the opening of the IT Park would be decided after consultations with the Chief Minister and the Deputy Chief Minister.

To a query, the Minister said the proposal to get the link road between the IT Park and Gundur on the Tiruchi-Pudukkottai Highway was in the pipeline.

Ms. Poongothai was hopeful that the process of relaying the 100-feet four-lane road could be started by the start of next year to coincide with the commencement of operations by the IT companies. Two local bodies (Navalpattu and Gundur panchayats) have adopted resolutions for alienating the road from their jurisdiction and the rural development department has handed over the seven kilometre stretch to the State Highways department, official sources added.

Source: The Hindu

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Link road to IT park to be relaid

With the decks being cleared for companies to occupy the 50,000 square feet building constructed at the Navalpattu IT park by the Electronics Corporation of Tamil Nadu (ELCOT), the Ministry of Information Technology is now keen on getting the link road from Gundur on the Tiruchi-Thanjavur Highway to the IT Park relaid at the earliest.

IT Minister Poongothai Aladi Aruna, it is learnt, is fervently pursuing the matter with the Highways Department since the operations at the park could commence by the start of next year.

Over two decades ago, Tamil Nadu Housing Board (TNHB) developed 100 Feet Road to provide a link from the Anna Nagar Housing Colony to the Tiruchi-Pudukkottai Highway. However, the road was twice washed away at a couple of places in heavy monsoon rains. These two spots warrant construction of bridges.

The movement of vehicles along the stretch is expected to be heavy once the park gets operational. Till the road is relaid, the only other option for ELCOT is to rely on a parallel road maintained by the Defence Ministry. However, the ministry may not be inclined to permit ELCOT to use its road indefinitely.

The nearly seven-kilometre-long 100 feet link road belonging to the Gundur and Navalpattu panchayats was transferred from the Rural Development Department to the Highways Department several months ago.

Source: The Hindu