Zoom­ing fast in ‘auto’ mode

DNA (Daily News & Analysis) Mumbai Edition - - FRONT PAGE -

row­ing by the hour, Chen­nai has be­come In­dia’s an­swer to Detroit, the au­to­mo­bile cap­i­tal of the US, with un­prece­dented de­vel­op­ment dur­ing the last two decades.

“The day is not far off when Chen­nai emerges as the global au­to­mo­bile cap­i­tal. In­dus­try gi­ants like Ford, BMW, Hyundai and Mit­subishi have set shops here and that too in a big way,” said K Pat­tabi­ra­man, hu­man re­sources chief, Tata Con­sul­tancy Ser­vices. Busi­ness galore: He said over the next decade, more in­ter­na­tional in­dus­trial and busi­ness groups will launch their op­er­a­tions from Chen­nai, which will see the cre­ation of mil­lions of jobs. Be­sides, the city has be­come a cho­sen med­i­cal des­ti­na­tion of peo­ple from the West and East Asian coun­tries.Traf­fic snarls, fre­quent power cuts and drink­ing wa­ter short­age could be the city’s ma­jor woes, but a silent revo­lu­tion is in the off­ing to ad­dress these is­sues. The Metro Rail and Mono Rail projects are ex­pected to re­duce the num­ber of pri­vate ve­hi­cles on roads. Glo­ri­ous beauty : The city will be­come beau­ti­ful the day gov­ern­ment suc­ceeds in clean­ing the Cooum and Ad­yar rivers, says G Uma, as­sis­tant pro­fes­sor, School of Gen­der and De­vel­op­ment Stud­ies, Indira Gandhi Na­tional Univer­sity. If these rivers’ glo­ri­ous beauty are re­stored and prob­lems like space crunch and traf­fic snarls are ad­dress, Chen­nai will be sec­ond to none in the years to come.

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