Tamil Nadu Govt. to set up 'Auto City' soon

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Na­tion­alised Trans­port, Mo­tor Ve­hi­cles Act, Gov­ern­ment of Tamil Nadu, has said that the Tamil Nadu Gov­ern­ment will set up an 'Auto City', a first of its kind ini­tia­tive, un­der the au­to­mo­bile and auto com­po­nent pol­icy launched by the Chief Min­is­ter.

Speak­ing at the Lo­gis­tics Sum­mit 2014 on the theme 'Ac­cel­er­at­ing Eco­nomic Growth through Bet­ter Lo­gis­tics and Sup­ply Chain Prac­tices' in Chennai on June 9, 2014, the Min­is­ter said that the 'Auto City' will be setup un­der the theme 'Tamil Nadu, the Part­ner in Au­to­mo­tive Sec­tor In­vest­ment'. Be­sides, an Au­to­mo­tive Sup­pli­ers Park would come up to im­prove the lo­gis­tics com­pet­i­tive­ness for units set up in it. The 'Auto City' would have a lo­gis­tics hub to pro­vide mul­ti­modal trans­port, a de­sign and tech­no­log­i­cal park and com­mon in­fras­truc­ture such as ef­flu­ent treat­ment and waste man­age­ment util­i­ties. It would dwell on trans­port of goods to var­i­ous ports on 24 hour ba­sis for move­ment of con­sign­ment trucks.

Masanori Nakano, Con­sul

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June 2014 Gen­eral, Ja­pan Con­sul Gen­eral, stated that In­dia's growth over the last decade and ex­pected con­tin­u­a­tion of the coun­try's long term growth story makes the na­tion one of the most at­trac­tive re­gions for in­vest­ment in the lo­gis­tics sec­tor.

He said that with the coun­try ex­pected to grow at a boom­ing pace again and the lo­gis­tics sec­tor of­fers a huge po­ten­tial for in­vest­ments. “The lo­gis­tics in­fras­truc­ture has re­ceived a lot of at­ten­tion from both busi­ness­men and pol­i­cy­mak­ers over the last few years. How­ever, the role of ef­fec­tive lo­gis­tics man­age­ment has been un­der-em­pha­sised. In­ad­e­quate lo­gis­tics in­fras­truc­ture has an ef­fect in cre­at­ing bot­tle­necks in eco­nomic growth. He said In­dia's ge­o­graph­i­cal char­ac­ter­is­tics make it a prime des­ti­na­tion for in­vest­ments and growth in lo­gis­tics. He added that he was happy to see that Ja­panese in­vest­ments formed a sig­nif­i­cant per­cent­age of the in­vest­ments. In­dia presents a great po­ten­tial for manufacturing and pro­vides a prof­itable area for Ja­panese com­pa­nies.

Dr. T. Prab­hakara Rao, Prin­ci­pal L to R: Prof. Di­nesh Ku­mar, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, Asia Avi­a­tion As­so­ci­ates, New Delhi; Masanori Nakano, Con­sul Gen­eral, Ja­pan Con­sul Gen­eral; Chozha Naachiar Ra­jasekar, Pres­i­dent, The Tamil Cham­ber of Com­merce; V. Senthil Balaji, Min­is­ter for Trans­port, Na­tion­alised Trans­port, Mo­tor Ve­hi­cles Act, Gov­ern­ment of Tamil Nadu; Dr. T. Prab­hakara Rao, Prin­ci­pal Sec­re­tary, Trans­port Depart­ment, Gov­ern­ment of Tamil Nadu; Atulya Misra, Chair­man, Chennai Port Trust; Dr. S Ra­machan­dran Vice-Chan­cel­lor, Hin­dus­tan Univer­sity and M.A. Bhaskarachar, Chair­man cum Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, Ka­ma­ra­jar Port Ltd. Sec­re­tary, Trans­port Depart­ment, Gov­ern­ment of Tamil Nadu, said Tamil Nadu with its ex­cel­lent ecosys­tem and stan­dards main­tained is a mag­net for in­vest­ments. Take any scheme, and we are on the top in the coun­try. Any sug­ges­tions from the industry can be brought to the gov­ern­ment and we will def­i­nitely take it for­ward.

Chozha Naachiar Ra­jasekar, Pres­i­dent, The Tamil Cham­ber of Com­merce, said that the frag­ile in­fras­truc­ture, short­age of skilled man­power and no recog­ni­tion by the gov­ern­ment re­mained the key fac­tors be­hind to­day's de­plorable sce­nario of this industry. He added while the lo­gis­tics industry in In­dia is seen as a po­ten­tial sun­rise sec­tor, it is in­her­ently weak as con­tin­u­ous ap­a­thy from the pol­i­cy­mak­ers made it be­lea­guered, re­sult­ing in the manufacturing and ex­port un­com­pet­i­tive in the world mar­ket.

Atulya Misra, Chair­man, Chennai Port Trust; M.A. Bhaskarachar, Chair­man cum Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, Ka­ma­ra­jar Port Ltd; Dr. S Ra­machan­dran, Vice-Chan­cel­lor, Hin­dus­tan Univer­sity and Prof. Di­nesh Ku­mar, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor,

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