The District Collector, Neeraj Mittal, began initial works to expedite the process of setting up IT park at Peelamedu.
An IT park for a second tier city like Coimbatore was proposed nearly three years ago and was hanging fire due to various reasons. The skyrocketing of real estate prices was the only development owing to the hype created about the entry of software firms into the proposed IT park. On the second-day of assuming office as Collector, Mr. Mittal and Corporation Commissioner Anil Meshram visited the site along with Mayor (In-Charge) K. Raghupathy, Corporation City Engineer V. Raju and Highways Department officials.
The visit to the park site was primarily aimed at taking stock of the impediments that delayed the project and to find remedial measures, Mr. Mittal said. He told reporters that 27 acres (that belonged to the Coimbatore Medical College) had been assigned to the Electronics Corporation of Tamil Nadu (ELCOT). The access to the IT Park had been a major obstacle to the project.
The Collector asked Corporation and Highways officials to explore all possibilities for establishing a strong and reasonably wide road to the park from the Avanashi Road, to ensure smooth flow of traffic to and from the airport.
Besides, the Highways Department had been asked to study the vehicle density and begin the work for strengthening the Avanashi Road so that the road could stand any volume of traffic.
The narrow rail over bridge at the Hope College Junction was proving to be a bottleneck. Since Government orders had already been issued for the construction of a wider bridge, the work would be expedited soon, he said. The administration would also explore the possibility of getting a flyover across the Vilankurichi – Thaneerpandal Road so that it could serve as an alternative access to the IT Park.
The administration would join hands with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), which had conducted a study on strengthening and widening of the arterial Avanashi Road. Though not bound by any time frame, no stone would be left unturned for an early implementation of the IT park. The speed at which it could be completed would largely depend on the participation from various entrepreneurs who would be part of the project. The Collector said that a meeting had been convened for next week with the railway authorities for expediting the work on overbridges at Valankulam and Ondipudur.
Sourse : kovai news team
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