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Old November 4th, 2006, 02:14 PM   #61
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I guess with this move, the Airport for Kanyakumari should be pushed. An Cargo Airport for this region is very much needed. Otherwise the closest one is at Madurai and Trivandrum. The Airport has a strategic location with respect to International maritime routes.
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Old November 5th, 2006, 01:05 AM   #62
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Tuticorin-Chengalpattu BG line doubling in phases

Velu flags off two new train services

CHENNAI: Doubling and electrification of the Tuticorin-Chengalpattu broad gauge line will be done in phases, Minister of State for Railways R. Velu said here on Saturday.
Flagging off the Chennai Central-Coimbatore (weekly) and Central-Mangalore (tri-weekly) superfast expresses, Mr. Velu said preliminary work on doubling the Madurai-Dindigul section had begun. Sanction had been given for the Chengalpattu-Villupuram section. Doubling of the remaining stretches between Villupuram-Dindigul and Madurai-Tuticorin was under consideration.
Mr. Velu said doubling of the BG line from Chennai Egmore to Tuticorin had become imperative in view of the growing passenger traffic. Southern Railway had to run special trains during festival and peak seasons on the sector.
He said in the last two years 40 new trains were introduced, services of 20 others extended and frequency of nine trains increased. As the zone was passenger oriented, the Ministry wanted to provide additional amenities. In the current financial year, the zone had been permitted to spend about Rs 40 crore.
Responding to State Transport Minister K.N. Nehru's demand for bullet train services from Chennai to Madurai and Coimbatore, the Minister said a policy decision had to be taken for introducing bullet trains. Earlier, Mr. Nehru said the State Government would soon introduce feeder bus services from major railway stations in the State for the convenience of passengers from the North.
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Southern Railway General Manager Thomas Varghese said this was the first time that two new train services were being introduced on the same day. With the introduction of the Chennai Central-Mangalore superfast express, a long-pending demand was met. The new service would provide 1,400 additional berths to Mangalore.
Train no 2681 Chennai Central-Coimbatore (weekly) super fast express will leave Chennai Central at 10.20 p.m. on Saturday and reach Coimbatore at 7.15 a.m. the next day. In the return direction, train no 2682 will leave Coimbatore at 11.30 p.m. on all Fridays and reach Central at 8 a.m. the next day.
Train No 2685 Chennai Central-Mangalore superfast express will leave Central at 4 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and reach Mangalore at 7.40 a.m. the next day. Train No 2686 will leave Mangalore at 4 pm on all Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays and reach Chennai Central at 8 a.m. the next day.

http://www.hindu.com/2006/11/05/stor...0505250400.htm
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Old November 7th, 2006, 10:03 PM   #63
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NLC to invest Rs 4,500 cr to set up a 1,000 MW plant in TN

Mumbai, Nov 8. (PTI): State-run Neyveli Lignite Corporation Ltd on Tuesday said, it plans to invest Rs 4,500 crore to set up a 1,000 MW power plant in Tuticorin, Tamil Nadu. "We have received approval from our Board to set up a lignite-based power plant. In a week's time, we will send the proposal to the Union Power Ministry for clearance," NLC Chairman and Managing Director S Jayaraman told PTI.
Jayaraman said the company would finance 30 per cent of the project cost from its internal accruals, while the rest would be borrowed from the domestic market. The company hopes to receive all the necessary approvals in the next six months. "We have started working on the tendering process," he said, adding the company would place orders for machineries after getting Government clearance.
NLC has already signed an MoU with Tuticorin Port Trust for the project that would come up on a 200 acres of land. The company would feed the plant with its captive lignite mines. Lignite is known to have far lower ash content than coal and, so, becomes a clean option for thermal energy. The project has also received clearance from Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board, he added. "The project will be completed in 42 months from the zero date of construction work," he added. NLC currently generates 2,490 MW of power.

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Old November 9th, 2006, 01:21 AM   #64
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Reliance proposes to extend its gas pipeline from Chennai to Tuticorin

RIL has planned a large network of pipelines to evacuate gas from its two gas sources. With an investment running into billions of dollars, the three mega gas pipeline projects proposed by the company include the 1,500-km Kakinada-Uran (Maharashtra), 1,400-km Kakinada-Chennai-Coimbatore (Tamil Nadu) and the 1,100-km Kakinada-Basudebpur-Howrah (West Bengal) routes.

The petroleum ministry has already floated expressions of interest for booking capacities from these three pipelines, to be built on a common carrier basis. In addition, Reliance also proposes to extend its pipeline from Chennai to Tuticorin, besides covering Bangalore and Mangalore.

http://www.financialexpress.com/fe_f...tent_id=145812
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Old November 12th, 2006, 11:16 PM   #65
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New airlines evince interest flying to Tuticorin

Jet airways and Paramount Airlines are planning to start new services to Tuticorin Airport soon.

(As news is in tamil, I have provided the link below)

http://www.dinamani.com/NewsItems.as...YhPeLs&Topic=0
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Old November 12th, 2006, 11:51 PM   #66
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TATA Titanium dioxide project - update

Tata Steel will be investing Rs 2,500 crore in its titanium dioxide project in Tamil Nadu.The company has completed the feasibility study and is likely to start production in the first quarter of 2009.

Sources said the size of the project would be 5 lakh tonne of ilmenite (iron titanium oxide from which titanium dioxide is extracted).

The new business will generate significant revenues for the company as titanium dioxide pigment in India is selling at Rs 1-1.2 lakh per tonne.

Tata Steel will have a technology partner for the project and can even explore the possibilities beyond just a technical partnership. “We will need a partner, if only someone want to come on board,” said the sources.

The feasibility study was conducted with a consortium of partners comprising Outokumpu Finland’s physical separation division based in the US, Outokumpu-Lurgi,Germany, Pincock Allen and Holt, US, a resource and mining consulting company, and L&T.

The company was granted prospecting license over 80 sq km area in Tamil Nadu in Tirunelveli and Tutitcorin districts. Tata Steel was supported by MN Dasturco and TZMI, Australia-based marketing and process consultants. The study was designed to be carried out in two parts, the geological resources evaluation and the mineral separation, validation and optimisation of flow sheets.

The sources said the feasibility study had shown that there was not enough water and the company have to set up a sea water desalination plant.

The construction time for the project will be 18-24 months. The project will be in phases with the first one involving mining, mineral separation and value addition.

The final phase will see production of titanium dioxide or pigment, a key ingredient for the paints industry, among others.

However, the project is running 6-7 months behind schedule due to delay in possession of the land. The target was to start the project in the middle of 2008.

Tata Steel requires 5,000 acres of land for the project, which will come up near Tuticorin. The company signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Tamil Nadu government in the middle of 2002

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Old November 13th, 2006, 12:17 AM   #67
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Tata Steel will be investing Rs 2,500 crore in its titanium dioxide project in Tamil Nadu.The company has completed the feasibility study and is likely to start production in the first quarter of 2009.
This is a great news to the people of tuticorin and tirunelveli.This huge investment by TATA could spur the industrialisation of south TN. The titanium dioxide being a key ingredient for paint manufacturing could attract more paint industries to setup their plant in the region. The project by itself could generate employment directly and indirectly to a huge number of people.
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Old November 13th, 2006, 02:12 AM   #68
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Jet airways and Paramount Airlines are planning to start new services to Tuticorin Airport soon.

(As news is in tamil, I have provided the link below)

http://www.dinamani.com/NewsItems.as...YhPeLs&Topic=0
It's a great news. Nice to see that Tuticorin service is the best for Air Deccan. Airport expansion might take some time. But, if the other airlines start their services and show that it's viable, then airport upgradation will gain pace.
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Old November 13th, 2006, 02:13 AM   #69
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This is a great news to the people of tuticorin and tirunelveli.This huge investment by TATA could spur the industrialisation of south TN. The titanium dioxide being a key ingredient for paint manufacturing could attract more paint industries to setup their plant in the region. The project by itself could generate employment directly and indirectly to a huge number of people.
This has been in the news for over an year. If this becomes a reality, it will definitely boost the industrialisation in the South. Let's hope for the best.
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Old November 13th, 2006, 10:31 AM   #70
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This has been in the news for over an year. If this becomes a reality, it will definitely boost the industrialisation in the South. Let's hope for the best.
Not just an year. The MoU was signed in 2002 during Jayalalitha's tenure. So the news has been around for nearly 4 yrs .
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Old November 13th, 2006, 04:14 PM   #71
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I hope it sees light at the end of the day given the "love affair" between the dmk and tatas.

Also if somebody could provide updates on this comprehensive but slightly outdated thread it would be great!! I tried doing it once and I went totally crazy.

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http://skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=234419

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Old November 13th, 2006, 10:59 PM   #72
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Proposal to start helicopter services

Nagercoil, Nov 14. (PTI): The Tamil Nadu Government proposed to start a helicopter service from Madurai to Kanyakumari, Kodaikanal and Udhagmndalam to attract foreign tourists, Tourism Development Minister Suresh Rajan said on Monday.

Speaking to reporters here, he said there were plans to provide cable car facilities at these three places at a cost of Rs 45 crore.

Steps would also be taken to develop hotels of the Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Corporation at Madurai, Kanyakumari, Thanjavur, Mahabalipuram and Nagapattinam.

There were also plans to operate a separate ferry service to the Tiruvalluvar statue in the sea off Kanyakumari and a tourism exhibition in Chennai in December, he said.


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Old November 14th, 2006, 03:07 PM   #73
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Tuticorin Airservice profitable from DAY ONE - Air Deccan

Interestingly, Kumar informed that not all new routes take time to mature. Some of them are profitable from the first day or first week itself. Giving example of such routes, he said Delhi-Dehradun, Delhi-Kulu and Chennai-Tuticorin started generating profit on day one while Coimbatore-Hyderabad, an airbus flight, turned profitable in a week’s time.

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Old November 15th, 2006, 02:04 AM   #74
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India preparing policy to promote cruise tourism

Government is contemplating developing seven ports as cruise shipping stations. These are - Kochi, New Mangalore, Marmugao, Mumbai, Kolkata, Andaman and Nicobar and Tuticorin.

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ECR road upto Ramnad

Highways Minister M P Saminathan said that the long-pending demand for extension of East Coast Road to Ramanathapuram would be taken up after completion of land acquisition process.

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Old November 20th, 2006, 02:37 PM   #76
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Sterlite plans to invest 0.9 Billion $ to ramp up capacity in Tuticorin

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Sterlite plans to invest around $1.9 billion on the Orissa power project and though company officials were not available for details, sources said the balance from the $2.8 billion raised could be used to ramp up capacity of Sterlite’s 0.3 million tonne per annum refined copper smelter in Tuticorin in Tamil Nadu. Vedanta’s proposed Rs 7,000 crore aluminium smelter project includes a 1,000 MW captive power plant.
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Luxury liner calls on Tuticorin

Tuticorin : For an 18-hour halt, the luxury cruise liner, M.V. Spirit of Adventure, carrying 268 tourists (all Britons) and 206 crew members, arrived at Tuticorin port on Tuesday.

The 139 metre long and 17.5 metre wide vessel, owned by Saga Group based in the United Kingdom and registered at Bahamas, was equipped with 206 cabins spread over six passenger decks, outdoor and indoor swimming pools, a hospital, cafeterias, library with a collection of 3,000 books and health clubs.

The District Tourism Officer, T Chellappa, and the Public Relations Officer of the Tuticorin Port Trust, Arunachalam, received the tourists at Berth 8 in a traditional manner to the accompaniment of `Nagaswaram,' before they embarked upon a sightseeing trip to the Nellaiappar Temple and ancient Cathedrals in Tirunelveli district and a fruit farm at Sawyerpuram in Tuticorin district.

A bullock cart drive was organised at the fruit farm for the tourists.

Hardman, a cafeteria owner from Manchester, was ecstatic about the trip to India. "The cultural diversity, food and pristine locations in the country were fantastic," he said.

This set of tourists, who boarded the ship at Port Sultan Qaboos in Muscat on November 8, touched the Indian coast in Mumbai on November 12.

It was followed by visits to Goa, Mangalore and Kochi before reaching Tuticorin.

Martin Breen, captain, echoed the tourist's words. "Even the entry into India was something to cherish since Mumbai skyline looked majestic from the sea, which simply cannot be matched, if one enters the city by other means of transport," he said.

The vessel will sail to Colombo in the early hours of Wednesday, where a fresh set of tourists will join.

The Tuticorin Port Trust gave a 33 per cent concession on berth hire charges to the vessel, to promote cruise tourism in the region.


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For an 18-hour halt, the luxury cruise liner, M.V. Spirit of Adventure, carrying 268 tourists (all Britons) and 206 crew members, arrived at Tuticorin port on Tuesday.

The District Tourism Officer, T Chellappa, and the Public Relations Officer of the Tuticorin Port Trust, Arunachalam, received the tourists at Berth 8 in a traditional manner to the accompaniment of `Nagaswaram,' before they embarked upon a sightseeing trip to the Nellaiappar Temple and ancient Cathedrals in Tirunelveli district and a fruit farm at Sawyerpuram in Tuticorin district.
Many more Cruise liners at tuticorin port would help to develop the tourism industry in Tirunelveli, Kanyakumari etc.
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Many more Cruise liners at tuticorin port would help to develop the tourism industry in Tirunelveli, Kanyakumari etc.
Yes, the government both Central and State should come up with a plan and revive the places of interest and try to advertise it. Only then the visitors will know and will be keen in visiting those spots. Advertise, they can do on the web, coz most of the foreigners go to web and get the data.
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Old November 22nd, 2006, 08:07 AM   #80
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Mr. Shiv Nadar of HCL evinced keen interest during Connect 2006 that he will contribute for the development of Thiruchendhur (his native) / Tuticorin area.

The regional bigwigs (without Political interference) can rope in TNMB (HQ @ Tuticorin) and HCL for development of the area. Adhityan family can also help.

Tuticrin port is the main attraction and Nanguneri SEZ is a boon for this region.

If there is any trade / industry association in Tuticorin, we can arrange a seminar on Tuticorin through their platform. All the relevant and interested companies / agencies / associations can be invited.
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