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Chennai-Kanniyakumari Industrial Corridor to generate 4.7 million jobs



CHENNAI: The proposed Chennai-Kanniyakumari Industrial Corridor (CKIC) project will generate more than 4.7 million additional jobs driven by annual manufacturing output of $222 billion, according to a Comprehensive Development Plan prepared by Asian Development Bank.The phase I CKIC project, which will have Madurai-Virudhunagar-Dindigul-Theni and Thoothukudi-Tirunelveli nodes, would require an investment of nearly Rs 91,000 crore. It is likely to be taken by this year and completed by 2020.The entire project has investment requirement of $43.19 billion (Rs 281,000 crore).

The corridor influence area, will cover 23 of 32 districts of Tamil Nadu, accounting for 64 per cent of State’s area and 70 per cent of total population. The focus of the corridor will be on manufacturing. As per the study, between 2010-11 and 2014-15, registered manufacturing’s contribution dropped from nearly 20 per cent to less than nine per cent during the same period.

Except mining and quarrying, and electricity, gas, and water supply, all other sectors witnessed a decline in growth. Unregistered manufacturing also witnessed a slowdown with the growth below the national average.

The challenge for development of CKIC nodes is whether to continue with large cities as the hubs for growth or to fast track the growth of smaller urban areas. New cities are difficult to develop and can take more than a decade to achieve critical mass.

Equally, managing accelerated growth of existing congested cities is not an easy task either. The targeted industrial development requires relatively lower cost land, but also relatively higher class urban amenities. Achieving this balance will require a combination of both planned growth of existing large cities for sustaining the current momentum, along with prioritized development of alternate urban centres in response to accelerated growth, the study says.

Accordingly, the urban strategy for CKIC will be combination of anchor cities and growth centres. Anchor cities are the crucial initial-state requirement to attract targeted industries. Thoothkudi, Tirunelveli, Madurai, Tiruchi, Cuddalore, Thanjavur, Pudukottai, Manaparai Perambalur and Karaikudi have been earmarked as anchor cities.Interestingly, the report states that Tamil Nadu ranks first among Indian states in terms of number of factories and industrial workers.
 

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Chennai-Kanyakumari industrial corridor gets Rs 3,300 crore boost

CHENNAI: In what could be a shot in the arm for the state's road infrastructure, the Asian Development Bank has agreed to grant $500 million (approximately Rs 3,300 crore) for Chennai-Kanyakumari Industrial Corridor project to strengthen 15 existing major road stretches, boost growth of manufacturing sector, promote balanced regional growth and give a fillip to the development of southern districts.

The total cost of the project — funded by the state government and the ADB — is Rs 6,448 crore. An ADB team carried out a final survey before clearing the proposal last week.

The corridor is a part of East-Coast Economic Corridor development scheme — the country's first coastal corridor project that supports Modi's Make in India to lift the manufacturing sector through foreign direct investment and portled industrialisation under the Sagarmala initiative and Act East Policy. "The corridor project entails strengthening, widening and reconstruction of roads and bridges across 23 districts in the state, " a senior government official said.


A DB narrowed down to 2,867 km for techno economic feasibility study and identified 655km for development.

Industry leaders say the southern corridor needs a lot of focus for development. "If youtakedifferent industry segments, there is huge cluster all over Tamil Nadu. The biggest advantage we have with Chennai-Kanyakumari corridor is that it fuels more growth engine for industrialisation. It will also slow down urbanisation and lead to rural cities springing up," said CII (TN) chairman P Ravichandran. In recent decades there has been mass migration from Madurai, Coimbatore, Trichy, and Tuticorin toChennai for jobs.

"TheCKIC can increasethe urbanisation in the rest of the state. That will be a big game changer for Tamil Nadu, if we get that implemented," Ravichandran said.

Government sources said the land acquisition cost will be borne by the state, while the funding for the construction will be shared by the external funding agency and the state in a 70:30 ratio.

Work in the field will begin mid next year, after floating tenders. A project implementation unit headed by a senior bureaucrat and a chief engineer will steer the work force in implementing the scheme in three-year schedule, after getting environmental clearances, social auditing and land acquisition. The contractors will maintain the improved road infrastructure for seven years after construction.

The corridor is served by Chennai-Kanyakumari railway line and three major ports of Chennai, Kamarajar (Ennore) and VO Chidambaranar (Tuticorin) together with a capacity of 167MTPA (million tonnes per annum) and the ports of Katupalli and Karaikal with 51MTPA capacity. Three arterial roads, NH7, NH45 and SH49, SH200, SH176 (East Coast Road) run through the corridor. "The cost of moving goods through airlines and ships in the country is almost 2.5 timesthat in China. The corridor will reduce cost and help industry become globally competitive," Ravichadran said.
 

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Pact with ADB, JICA

The State government has accorded administrative sanction for spending ₹6,448 crore to improve roads under the Chennai-Kanniyakumari Industrial Corridor project and would execute a loan agreement with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in the first quarter of 2019. The project cost includes ₹1,574 crore for land acquisition, which has to be borne by the State government. The ADB will provide assistance to the tune of ₹3,288.15 crore and the remaining should be borne by the State government.

The government also plans to take up the construction of Phase 1 of the elevated corridor from Taramani to Siruseri with JICA assistance.

For the first phase of the project, 15 road stretches covering total length of 654.54 km at a cost ₹4,384.84 crore would be improved. Land acquisition cost would be ₹1574.09 crore, it added.

The government plans to enter into loan agreement with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) during September 2018 for the first section of the Chennai Peripheral Ring Road project. The project, with seven sections, would cost ₹12,301 crore and the land acquisition for the first section (Northern Port Access Road from Ennore Port to Thatchur on NH5) for ₹951 crore is in progress, it added.

The government also plans to take up the construction of phase 1 of the elevated corridor from Tarmani to Siruseri with JICA assistance.

The policy note also pointed out around 200 State-funded road projects involved land acquisition to the tune of 1,760 hectares spread over 568 villages in 29 districts. Land acquisition proposals for 120 projects are pending for over five years and for 41 projects, it is pending for more than 3 years, it added. The government has instructed officials to expedite the process and closely monitor the issues, it said.

The government had planned spill-over works of five pedestrian subways at a cost ₹19 crore near A.G. church in Anna Salai, near M.K.N. Road junction at Guindy in GST Road, near Malladi company at Ekkattuthangal, near Kasi theatre and near the CMBT. However, there was no feasibility for above works due to difficulties in shifting of pipe lines and fouling of alignment of the said works along the metro rail alignment, the policy note said. So it has been proposed to provide a foot overbridge with escalator in the A.G. Church and M.K.N Road junctions and alternative proposals for others are under study, it added.
 

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TN govt seeks speedy approvals for industrial corridor projects

Chennai, Mar 8 () The Tamil Nadu government today asked the Centre to provide speedy approvals for the Chennai-Bengaluru and the Chennai-Kanyakumari industrial corridor projects to boost manufacturing activities in the state.

Also, the state government will set up an aerospace park in about 250 acres near Sriperumbudur, Tamil Nadu's Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam said.

In addition, he said, the proposed establishment of defence production corridors across Tamil Nadu linking existing public sector manufacturing facilities with new capacities to be created in the private sector will also boost engineering manufacturing in the state.

"I take this opportunity to request the Union Commerce and Industry Minister (Suresh Prabhu) to ensure that speedy clearances are accorded to the Chennai Bengaluru industrial corridor and the Chennai Kanniyakumari industrial corridor projects," he said here at the inauguration of India Engineering Sourcing Show.

He said that JICA and Asian Development Bank are working with the state government on developing the trunk infrastructure for these projects.

He assured all support to investors to facilitate investments in the state.

Panneerselvam further said the state has all the modern infrastructure and policies to attract and facilitate investments.

"The biggest strength of Tamil Nadu is the availability of high quality and disciplined human resources," he said.

The gross state domestic product of Tamil Nadu grew at a compounded annual growth rate of 11.16 per cent between 2005-06 and 2016-17, reaching USD 207.79 billion in 2016-17.

To promote innovation and manufacturing, the state government has announced USD 1.55 billion assistance for strategic entrepreneurship and innovation programme between 2017-2021.

Panneerselvam said the state ranks third in terms of FDI inflow into the country and cumulatively FDI inflows in Tamil Nadu from April 2000-September 2017 stood at USD 25.92 billion.
 

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Tenders to be floated for phase I of industrial corridor

Tenders will soon be called for phase I of Chennai-Kanniyakumari Industrial Corridor Project (CKICP) covering 654 km of State Highway roads at a total cost of ₹6,448 crore.

Sources in the Highways Department said tenders were likely to be called by March and construction would commence as soon as possible.

“The acquisition of land, which is a crucial portion, for the project is at an advanced stage. We have a separate land acquisition unit with 350 persons. Of 360-odd parcels of land, 15 (2) notifications informing about the acquisition of lands and seeking objections of any have been issued. Under this project, we are also accepting private negotiations that would allow land owners to get better rates and speed up the process of acquisition,” explained an official.

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Thoothukudi-Tirunelveli; Madurai-Dindigul-Virudhunagar-Theni; Cuddalore-Nagapattinam and Ariyalyur-Perambalur industrial nodes are to be covered under the project.

The 15 identified roads will be widened and strengthened to improve connectivity to ports and other transport gateways, proposed industrial nodes, urban and tourist centres.

The Kancheepuram-Chennai (SH 58) and Omalur-Tiruchengode via Sankari ( SH86) roads would be widened into 4-lanes and the other roads including the 110 km long Cheyyur to Polur (SH115), including ECR link, and 74.9-km-long Tiruchendur to Ambasamudram via Palayamkottai (SH40) road, would have a width of 10 mt with hard shoulders.

The project would have 23 bypasses and 10 road overbridges and would be funded through the Asian Development Bank loan. Land acquisition cost of ₹1,574 crore would be borne by the State government with which 463 hectares would be acquired.

For the next phase, tenders have been called for detailed project reports for a total of 1,181 km.
 
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