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A Mambalam in the making

RAIL and road have always spurred development. And, suburban south Chennai is no exception to this. Rail and road links have certainly shrunk distances and accelerated sustainable growth over the years. The Guduvancheri town that once appeared far to Chennaites is now seen closer than ever before. Today, the emphasis is more on the time taken for commuting to the city than the 36-km distance that the highway milestone indicates.

Eyed by realtors and public since the 1980s for plentiful groundwater and accessibility to the city, no more are plots in scores up for sale in the town, and, what is left, does not come cheap.

Some take pride in calling Nandivaram Guduvancheri `kutti Mambalam'.

There are two government higher secondary and four primary schools, besides the private ones. The Primary Heath Centre is said to be the next best to the government hospitals at Tambaram and Chengalpattu. A couple of private hospitals also serve the local population. The Metropolitan Transport Corporation operates almost one service every five minutes towards Chennai. This apart, the State Express Transport Corporation buses too halt by.

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"Porur in west Chennai and GST Road in south-west Chennai are emerging peripheral locations and are abuzz with IT developments," says Ramesh Nair, director (Chennai), Jones Lang, LaSalle, India.

Along GST Road, the rate is Rs 1,400 - 2,200 per sq ft for residential property, which has increased by 20 per cent over the previous year because of Mahindra City, Arun Excello Foundation, and Shriram Gateway IT Parks.

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A new branch of Vidya Mandir School is to come up in a township promoted by two private construction firms near Guduvancherry on the GST Road.

The Gateway is one such project coming up on GST Road near Tambaram. The project is a joint venture between Shriram Properties and Sun Appollo. Spread over 60 hectares it would have an IT park, retail mall, hotels and serviced apartments.

Business Daily from THE HINDU group of publications Tuesday, Jul 24, 2007

Rs 11,000-cr investments planned near Chennai

Investments to be made in the Sriperumbudur-Oragadam region, near Chennai, within the next couple of years.

About one lakh jobs are likely to be created.

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Chennai, July 23 Investments of about Rs 9,000 crore, that will lead to creation of over one lakh jobs, are expected to be made in the Sriperumbudur-Oragadam region, near Chennai, within the next couple of years.

These investments will come from the vendors of Nokia (Rs 3,300 crore) and Flextronics (Rs 2,500 crore) and commitments from industries in the two Special Economic Zones promoted by the State Government, viz., SIPCOT Sriperumbudur Hi-Tech SEZ (Rs 1,976 crore) and SIPCOT Oragadam Hi-Tech SEZ (Rs 1,300 crore). This is in addition to the Rs 650-crore investment of Nokia, Rs 450-crore of Flextronics and Rs 270 crore of Dell.

Electronic goods export zone to be set up at Oragadam Tuesday, May 08 2007 17:37 (IST)

Chennai, May 8 (UNI) The Tamil Nadu Government will set up a new electronic goods export zone at the hi-tech Special Economic Zone at Oragadam, near here, Chief Minister M Karunanidhi told the State Assembly today.

Replying to the demand for grants for Industries department, he said the new export zone, to come up in a 285-acre area, would attract an initial investment of Rs 1,300 crore and offer direct job opportunities to 23,000 people. The Government had decided to set up the new export zone as several companies had come forward to start industries in the State, he added.

Mr Karunanidhi said the export zone would be set up at the hi-tech SEZ, in which SIPCOT had allotted a total area of 351.85 acres to global companies like Dell Computers, Samsung, Motorola, Foxconn and TAPP Semiconductors Limited to set up their manufacturing facilities.

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Chennai

Sanmina-SCI Corporation, an electronics manufacturing services (EMS) company, has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Tamil Nadu Government to set up a state-of-the-art manufacturing technology campus at Oragadam, near Chennai.Sanmina-SCI will be investing $50 million initially in the new facility. It will be a designated Special Economic Zone (SEZ) as defined by the Central Government regulations. .

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Mr Hari Pillai, President of Global EMS Operations, Sanmina-SCI (left), and Mr Shaktikanta Das, Tamil Nadu Industries Secretary, at a press conference in Chennai on Tuesday. - Bijoy Ghosh Sanmina-SCI, $11-billion US-based provider of electronic manufacturing services (EMS), will invest Rs 225 crore at Oragadam, near Chennai, to set up its largest manufacturing technology campus.

HIGHWAYS DEPARTMENT

8.3. Road Infrastructure Development in Oragadam Industrial Park

The Government announced during last year a distinguished expressway is to be developed in the state. Industrial parks, Special economic zones, IT parks and integrated Townships will be located along the Expressway which will connect Airports and Ports. As a part of this mega project, infrastructure development plan for Oragadam industrial park is being prepared.

Under this scheme, as an industrial park and industries are being developed in Oragadam area in between the NH4 and NH45, the Government have sanctioned the scheme for widening and strengthening the following roads at a cost of Rs.300 crores to develop the road infrastructure in the area:

  • Singaperumalkoil - Sriperumbudur road
  • (Km 0/0-24/6) : 24.60 Km

  • Vandalur - Walajabad road
  • (Km 30/4-63/8) : 33.40 Km

The details of the works are given below:

Detailed Project Reports are being prepared through consultants for widening Singaperumalkoil-Sriperumbudur road and Vandalur-Walajabad road, and the 12.6 Km stretch of road from Singaperumkoil to Oragadam junction connecting NH 45 and NH4, to four lane and widening of 12 Km stretch from Oragadam to Sriperumbudur to six lane and widening of 20 Km stretch in Vandalur-Walajabad road from Vandalur to Oragadam to four lane, and Strengthening 13.4 Km length of two lane stretch from Oragadam to Walajabad and construction of over bridge at Oragadam junction.

On receipt of Detailed Project Reports, action will be taken to acquire lands through Revenue Department. The Government have sanctioned Rs.56 crores for meeting land acquisition cost and after finalization of land acquisition proceedings,the road works will be taken up for execution in the current year. A provision of Rs. 20 crores has been made in the current year for road works.

Business Daily from THE HINDU group of publications Tuesday, Feb 27, 2007 ePaper

Mahindra-Renault-Nissan car facility near Chennai

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Investment at Rs 4,000 cr; M&M to produce utility vehicles here

JOINT DRIVE: (From left) Mr Keshub Mahindra, Chairman, Mahindra Group; Mr Patrick Pelata, Executive Vice-President, Renault; and Mr Carlos Tavares, Executive Vice-President, Nissan, at a press conference in Chennai on Monday. - Bijoy Ghosh Chennai Feb. 26 Mahindra & Mahindra, Renault and Nissan today announced a joint venture to produce cars at a new plant near Chennai, at an investment of Rs 4,000 crore.

The plant, which will produce models for all the three partners, will have a capacity to produce 400,000 cars and utility vehicles, as well as power train for Renault and Nissan, officials of the joint venture said at a press conference here today.

Phase I capacity

The plant is to come up on a 1,100-acre land at Oragadam, south of Chennai, (not far from the Hyundai car plant) and Phase I with a capacity of 4,00,000 vehicles will be commissioned by the second half of 2009, officials said.

A State Government press release said that the project would also involve manufacture of 50,000 tractors.

Budget Speech 2007-2008,

Industries

58. As this Government is known to be easily accessible to industrialists, many new industrial units are being established in the State. After this Government came to power, Memoranda of Understanding have been signed with eight major Industrial Houses, namely Motorola, Apollo Tyres, Tessolve, Dell Computers, Growth Link, Samsung, Mahindra-Renault-Nissan and Caparo, involving industrial investments to the tune of Rs.6,985 crores. It is expected that these projects would provide direct and indirect employment to about 96,000 persons. As the crowning glory of achievements of this Government's Industrial Policy, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed on 26.2.2007 between the Government of Tamil Nadu and a consortium consisting of Mahindra and Mahindra of our country, Renault of France and Nissan of Japan for establishing jointly a large car manufacturing facility at Oragadam near Chennai with an investment of Rs.4,000 crores. After Ford and Hyundai, this is the largest car manufacturing facility being established in Tamil Nadu. With this, Tamil Nadu has regained the top position it had lost in automobile and automotive component manufacturing.

Business Daily from THE HINDU group of publications Sunday, Nov 05, 2006

PM lays foundation for auto R&D centre

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JOINT DRIVE: (From left) Mr Keshub Mahindra, Chairman, Mahindra Group; Mr Patrick Pelata, Executive Vice-President, Renault; and Mr Carlos Tavares, Executive Vice-President, Nissan, at a press conference in Chennai on Monday. - Bijoy Ghosh

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Enters pact with TN Govt; project to generate employment for 2,000 people

The Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, today laid the foundation stone for the Rs 470-crore Global Automotive Research Centre (G-ARC) at Oragadam, near Chennai.

Dr Manmohan Singh said that the facility would have the latest infrastructure for automotive testing and homologation and will be developed on 304 acres.

Along with the Centres of Excellence being set up, G-ARC would make India a frontrunner in automobile R & D.

The G-ARC is part of the National Automotive Testing and R&D Infrastructure Project and will help automobile and auto component manufacturers achieve global standards.

Online edition of India's National Newspaper

Apollo Tyres Ltd plans to set up a Rs 520-crore automobile tyres manufacturing plant near Chennai.

According to a Tamil Nadu Government press release, the company has entered into an agreement with the State Government to set up the project, which would generate employment for over 2,000 persons.

The 135-acre facility is to come up at the Oragadam Industrial Park promoted by the State Industries Promotion Corporation of Tamil Nadu (SIPCOT) near Kanchipuram on the Chennai-Bangalore route.

GIANT STRIDES: Local Administration Minister M.K.Stalin inaugurating an assembly unit of Komatsu India Private Limited at Oragadam near Chennai on Wednesday. T.M. Anbarasan, Labour Welfare Minister, Masahiro Sakane, president and CEO, Komatsu India a nd Yoshiaki Kodaki, Consul-General of Japan in Chennai, are in the picture.

KANCHEEPURAM

Tamil Nadu is all set to reap the benefits of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam's efforts to it an industry-friendly destination, Rural Industries and Local Administration Minister M.K. Stalin said on Wednesday.

Declaring open an assembly unit of Komatsu India Private Limited at the SIPCOT Industrial Estate at Oragadam near Chennai. Kancheepuram district would soon become a major automobile industrial belt.

Consul-General of Japan Yoshiaki Kodaki said India was the second most desirable destination for Japanese companies. Tamil Nadu was the most sought-after destination in view of its industry-friendly environment.

Industries Secretary Shaktikantha Das said more major automobile industries would be coming up at Oragadam. President and chief executive officer, KIPL, M. Sakane, said the industry-friendly environment and easy access to foreign destinations by air and sea from Chennai attracted the company to invest around Rs.75 crore in setting up its unit at Oragadam.

Momentive plans unit near Chennai

CHENNAI: Momentive Performance Materials Inc. (formerly GE Bayer Silicones), a leading producer of specialty materials, plans a greenfield investment of $20 million to set up a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility and a world-class technology centre for application development in Chennai.

The facility that will be located at SIPCOT Oragadam Industrial Growth Centre in Sriperumbudur near Chennai will triple the silicone production capacity of the company.

Addressing a press conference here on Tuesday, Ian Moore, President and Chief Executive Officer of Momentive for Europe, Middle East, Africa and India, said the new manufacturing facility was slated to go operational in 2008.

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