MADURAI: The Tamil Nadu Chamber of Commerce and Industry has today- on 18th January 2021- made a fervent appeal to all political parties and State Government to support Madurai as second capital of Tamil Nadu. It has asked for forming a high level advisory committee to look into the possibilities of Madurai as second capital. TN Chamber President Mr.N.Jegatheesan has given an important press statement from Madurai today in this regard.
FULL PRESS STATEMENT OF TN CHAMBER:
Sub: On behalf of trade and industry and general public, Tamil Nadu Chamber of Commerce and Industry has insisted the State govt for the formation of a High Level Advisory Committee comprising experts from various sectors to look into the possibilities of setting up a Second Capital in Tamilnadu in view of trade / industrial and economic development in the Southern Districts and to announce the formation of the Committee before the forthcoming assembly election:
“With the growing population and traffic congestion in Chennai, the capital of Tamilnadu, the formation of Second Capital is in need at Madurai. Chennai is 750 km from Kanniyakumari. Most of the public sector department powers are now in Chennai. Even to start a small scale
industry the new entrepreneurs have to go to Chennai to meet various department officials and to get necessary permission and orders to run their units. Due to incur huge amount and time waste many new entrepreneurs are struggling to start small and micro units in southern districts.
Southern Tamilnadu is lagging behind in trade and industrial development. In order to obtain the permission and orders related to the trade and industry the traders as well as general public have now travel to Chennai from Kanniyakumari, Tuticorin, Tenkasi, Tirunelveli, Virudhunagar,
Ramanathapuram, Theni, Dindigul, Sivagangai and Pudukottai.
MADURAI IS AT CENTRAL POINT IN TAMIL NADU:
Madurai is a historical and ancient place credited with the development of Tamil Sangam. Madurai is the centre of the southern districts and ideal for second capital. One third of the population of Tamilnadu are living in the fourteen southern districts. To ensure economic growth in South Tamilnadu, trade and industrial units would be established more. When Madurai becomes the second capital the large scale manufacturing industries around Chennai are likely to come to Madurai and south Tamilnadu; small ancillary units based on large industries would be
also located in the area which pave avenues to provide more employment opportunities for the educated youth in this region. Adequate land, human resources and infrastructure are also available in southern districts for the establishment of various govt department offices.
MADURAI IS WELL CONNECTED:
All the roads running out of Madurai are being well connected with four lanes; Madurai has all other facilities viz Rail transport, International Airport, AIIMS Hospital, Madras High Court Bench, Regional Passport Office, Thoothukudi Port etc., and if Madurai is formed as the second
capital, the large scale manufacturing industries announced by the Union Govt would be located in the southern part of Tamilnadu, which possess sufficient acres of empty lands, to meet out the infrastructures needed for various departments to be formed.
Madurai would also flourish: Two capital cities officially announced
Nagpur are two capitals in Maharashtra; Two capitals Himachal Pradesh has two capitals. Andhra Pradesh announced three capitals – Amaravati, Visakhapatnam and Kurnool have been declared. So, if Madurai is
made as the second capital of Tamilnadu could run much better.
Mr.N.Jegatheesan, president of Tamil Nadu Chamber of Commerce and Industry, in his open appeal to political parties and government today said that there is nothing wrong with the functioning of the State at different places. Thus, the administration will be more efficient. The second capital of Madurai will reduce the public’s workload. The Madras High Court Bench
will handle important cases at Madurai itself if departments are here in Madurai. This will enable Madurai and southern districts to improve the
development and economic growth.
Appeal to Political Parties:
In view of trade / industrial and economic development in the southern districts, the Tamilnadu Chamber of Commerce and Industry is urging for forming a high level Advisory Committee comprising experts from various sectors and explore the possibilities of setting up a second capital in Tamilnadu.