By Priti Naik
Thoothukudi port has the ability and scope to bring development in the state’s industrial framework and become an industrial hub and port city of Tamil Nadu and Southeast India. Speaking at the 9th edition of CII Logistics 2022 on the Future of Thoothukudi Port City today, Member of Parliament from Thoothukudi Constituency, Kanimozhi Karunanidhi asserted that the state government and the people of Thoothukudi have been pro-industry and are keen to witness the much-needed change in developing the port into an industrial hub.
Addressing the CII event, Kanimozhi highlighted the efforts made by the chairman of port and district collectors to make Thoothukudi an industrial hub. She also added that with the Chief Minister promising Rs. 1000 Crore investment in the port will help grab more opportunities and draw investments which is ought to be a first of its kind in southeast Asia creating a great impetus for industry and development of south of Tamil Nadu and other industries. This will in return act as a major boost and great push for the port.
Further she added saying that there is no doubt that development in Thoothukudi would bring a positive change in state and to other ports in Chennai. Tamil Nadu has a rare combination of airports and infrastructure and the district having skilled workers and youth professionals create a mindset to develop positive changes in the state. The DMK government has always worked on emphasizing the infrastructure, and Tamil Nadu has been a forerunner in terms of industry and development. The state has the capability to enhance and showcase growth in large scale and small-scale industries.
Besides, making Thoothukudi a industrial hub will also attract food processing unit and fish processing as one of the major aspect. The port city will bring a bright future for the state of Tamil Nadu and for India as a whole. Looking at neighbouring countries like Sri Lanka, this port city will be beneficial to take India on a progressive path. With the central and state government working together, the industry can take Thoothukudi to a level of industrial development which will also overall develop Tamil Nadu.
The CII Conference on Logistics also had Ms. Geetha Jeevan, Minister of Social Welfare and Women Empowerment speaking at the panel. The minister appreciated the efforts made by the industry and the government in developing the port city.
Mr. Hans Raj Varma, Chairman, TIIC, Dr. Senthil Raj, Thoothukudi district collector, Mr. T.K Ramachandran, Chairman, V.O.C Port trust , Dr. Chandra Kumar, Chairman, CII Tamil Nadu, Mr. Rizwan Soomar, CEO, Subcontinent DP World were the other speakers represented the well attended Virtual seminar.
Earlier Mr. Michael Motha, CII , Thoothukudi Chapter, during his welcome address to the session stated that CII Tuticorin is the next chapter ahead for port development of the country.
While delivering the vote of thanks, Anthony Thomas mentioned that with Tamil Nadu Chief Minister’s vision of 1 trillion economy by 2030 and the government’s initiative to support the industrial development in Thoothukudi by ease of doing business will accomplish the dream to create the port into an industrial hub. He also thanked media sponsor Littoral Communications for its support.