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

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