Jul 25, 2017

Chamber of Commerce seeks better infrastructure

Coimbatore hopes for better rail and air connectivity in the coming months though the region did not see any major infrastructure activity in the last one year.

According to an annual report prepared by the Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Coimbatore, indirect tax collection in Coimbatore region during 2016-2017 was to the tune of Rs. 2,630 crore and Commecial Tax (VAT) collection was Rs. 4546. 65 crore. The region was hit by failure of monsoon last year, in urban and rural areas.
The chamber passed resolutions at its recently held annual meeting to continue asking the State and Central Governments for better infrastructure for the region.

The missing rail link between Irugur and Coimbatore through Peelamedu and Podanur should be restored to form a circular route. All trains that was connecting Coimbatore and Pollachi should resume service and a multi-level parking facility should be created at the Coimbatore railway junction.

The chamber would also demand introduction of a late evening flight between Coimbatore and New Delhi so that travellers from the city can easily take international flights for overseas destinations. It would also prevail upon the national carriers to operate international routes out of Coimbatore.

Mass Rapid Transit System

The chamber would appeal to the authorities concerned to prepare a feasibility report soon for a Mass Rapid Transit System and also ask for reconstitution of the Coimbatore District Traffic Advisory Committee with representatives from the trade, industry, and service sectors. All highways roads passing through Coimbatore should be converted to six-lane roads.

Crop planning

The chamber would appeal to the Union and State Governments to come out with long-term solutions to problems faced by farmers. The State Government should implement the Organic Agriculture Policy and should set up farmer assist committees for crop planning, giving exposure on new seed varieties and water conservation, and developing native livestock.
Source - The Hindu

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