Monday, August 30, 2010

Chamber seeks better train connectivity for Coimbatore

The Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry has appealed to the Union Ministry of Railways to introduce train service between Coimbatore and Rameshwaram.
According to a representation from the chamber, the railway station at Peelamedu should be located near the Avinashi Road.
A train should be introduced from Coimbatore to Bangalore. This was a long-pending demand of the chamber. Coimbatore required better train connectivity to Tirupathi and Thiruvananthapuram.
Trains should also be introduced to the east coast of Tamil Nadu. Commuter trains should be introduced from Coimbatore to Erode, Mettupalayam, Palghat and Pollachi.
The Coimbatore railway junction should have retiring rooms, waiting halls, digital coach indicators and roofing for all the platforms.
Another sub-way should be added to decongest the existing one.
The chamber also sought revision of electricity tariff to move towards the average cost.
The Tamil Nadu Electricity Board should reduce cross-subsidisation of power to other consumers.
Speaking at the annual general meeting of the Chamber here recently, the outgoing president Mahendra Ramdass said, “As a great enterprising city with good human capital and manufacturing potential, Coimbatore stands a chance to reinvent itself and continue to maintain its enviable position as the manufacturing hub of India.”
Similar to the investments in roads, bridges and other infrastructure, the country should invest in skills to drive productivity, improve competitiveness and create jobs. The Government, business associations and the academia should encourage entrepreneurship in innovative technologies.
The Government should increase its support to the small and medium-scale enterprises.

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