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 #6952  by Sundar
 September 24th, 2012, 1:23 pm
Many plastic, chemical and food processing units have closed down
The southern districts of Tamil Nadu have suffered a ‘massive de-industrialisation’ over the past five years mainly due to the power crisis that has hit the existing units very hard, forced many to close down and scared away potential investors, a cross-section of representatives of industry bodies feel.

A sore point has been the preferential treatment to Chennai which faces just an hour of power cut whereas the rest of the State reeled under a regime of 14 to 16 hours of outages daily. This enabled the units in the State capital to supply products at a quicker pace with lower production costs compared to those in other districts engendering what the business community here believes to be an “unfair economic advantage” and uneven playing field, The southern region already had a low industrial base compared to the western or northern parts of the State, where cities such as Coimbatore and Chennai boast of a slew of big industries have driven the economic development of their regions, the representatives of the industry bodies say.

‘Ultimate incentive’

Tamil Nadu Small and Tiny Industries Association (TANSTIA) vice-president KR. Gnanasambandan says that ‘de-industrialisation’ process had occurred despite a slew of Government policies and incentives for setting up industries in backward and southern parts of the State as power was the ultimate determinant.

A case in point is that of Central Electro Chemical Research Institute (CECRI) established at Karaikudi on the initiative of RM. Alagappa Chettiar, former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and Shanthi Swarup Bhatnagar with the hope of driving industrialisation of the south.

“The institute’s research is fully based on electricity, which is completely irrelevant for the south now. While a few metal powder industries did come up in Melur, Thirumangalam and Kundrakudi, they have closed down.”

IT Industries

Even though the State government established information technology (IT) parks with much fanfare in Madurai and other southern districts, none had fully taken off as the software majors preferred Chennai, primarily because of the one-hour load shedding factor.

On the textile front, he said that Madurai, which was home to 40 textile mills till 20 years back, had just one major textile mill left. Further, many polythene extrusion units located in and around Madurai had also completely migrated to other cities.

It was because of the power crisis, he said that Madurai could not capitalise from the BHEL unit at Tiruchi by hosting ancillary units despite being just over 100 kms away.

Mr. Gnanasambandan said that the few surviving industries in the south such as sea food processing units in Thondi near Ramanathapuram and Tuticorin and the light engineering companies that manufacture electricity transmission materials such as poles and transmission lines in Paramakudi were fast losing their competitiveness because of the power crisis.

White Paper

P. Sitaraman, founder president and current executive committee member of Plastic Manufacturers Association of Madurai (PLASMA), said that more than 40 per cent of the chemical and plastic industries – continuous process units - in southern districts had closed down over the past three years.

Since 2007, he said, there have been no major investments in the sector and the surviving companies also had cancelled expansion plans. While a few new units did come up, many more had closed down.

“I have not accepted any orders for Deepavali season so far as I do not know how the power supply would be. Unless the State government brings out a White Paper on the power situation, small industries that cannot afford captive power plants would not be able to plan their production process,” he added.

Bleak Deepavali

M.R. Rajendran, president of Kappalur Industrial Estate Manufacturers' Association in Madurai, which has around 300 small units employing 12,000 workers in the estate, said that at least ten units in the Estate have shut down in the past two to three months alone, throwing more than 1,000 workers into joblessness.

Madurai District Tiny and Small Scale Industries Association president V. S Manimaran said that they were looking at a ‘bleak Deepavali’ this year. Instead of accepting large orders, they were restricting themselves to the barest minimum needed to survive as the power crisis had curtailed their production. ... 930732.ece

Something we have to do against this Government policy to give power 24 hours for Chennai and just 12 hours for South. :wallbash: We all south peoples should go to Chennai and block out total Chennai until we get our rights.. Otherwise this stupid government wouldn't take any action.
 #7240  by Sundar
 October 15th, 2012, 12:02 pm
The Madurai District Rice Mill Owners Association has warned that many rice mills in the city were on the verge of closure due to severe disruptions in power supply. In a statement issued here, association general secretary K. Rajendran said that 150 rice mills in Madurai were now contemplating closing their operations.

The rice mills had processes which were continuous in nature and any interruptions in power supply had an adverse impact on the quality of rice.

If the mills were to cease operations ahead of the festival season which includes Dassera and Deepavali, the workers and the public would be facing serious hardships.

As majority of the rice mills in Madurai were operating from a few locations, he urged the TANGEDCO authorities to ensure that these areas received adequate power supply to run the mills in the interest of the people. ... 998075.ece
 #7258  by Sundar
 October 16th, 2012, 8:27 am
More than a hundred small scale industrialists from Madurai and the southern districts staged a protest here on Monday demanding that the State Government provide equal power supply to all parts of the State including Chennai.

Representatives of more than 30 industry associations who spoke on the occasion warned the State Government of a serous escalation in their protests if the power crisis was not solved at the earliest.

They also spoke out strongly against the preferential treatment to the capital, which continues to face just an hour of load shedding even as the rest of the State was enduring between 16 and 18 hours of power cuts every day.

Several resolutions calling for an immediate resolution to the power crisis was passed during this protest, which was hosted by Madurai District Tiny and Small Scale Industries Association (MADITSSIA).

They include an immediate commissioning of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project (KKNPP) besides the thermal power plants being built across Tamil Nadu.

With power lines being the hurdle to Tamil Nadu purchasing power from other States, the protestors called for utilising the entire power generation of Central power plants located in the State such as the Neyveli Lignite Corporation (NLC) and the Madras Atomic Power Station located at Kalpakkam. The Centre could make up for this shortfall by buying power from other States.

Addressing the agitation, Tamil Nadu Small and Tiny Industries Association (TANSTIA) President K.R. Thangaraj said that the taxes paid by the small scale industries had reduced by Rs. 30 crore per day in recent times because of the power crisis.

Instead of the usual Rs. 75 crore, the Government was now getting around Rs. 45 crore.

“The State Government must take bold steps and declare 40 per cent power cut. This would help provide uninterrupted power,” he said.

Speaking earlier, MADTISSIA president V. S Manimaran said the high tension industries in Tamil Nadu had the capacity to generate 3,000 MW through their captive power plants.

The Government should buy power from them even if the costs work out higher. ... 001348.ece
 #7434  by Madurai Gilli
 October 29th, 2012, 6:57 pm
Moser Baer’s Rs. 100- crore 5-MW solar grid interactive photovoltaic (SPV) plant in Sivaganga has technology suited specifically for Indian climate

Located in the hinterland is a project that proved to be a trump card for those advocating solar power as a solution to the power crisis in the State.

Spread across 65 acres in Rettai Pillai Ayyanarkoil, a tiny hamlet near Muthupatti in Sivaganga district, the 5-MW solar grid interactive photovoltaic (SPV) plant has exceeded the targets set in the planning stages, according to government and company officials.



Constructed at a cost of Rs. 100 crore, the plant has come up with funding from IDBI and the International Finance Corporation, a part of the Washington-based World Bank Group.

The Sivaganga project, identified by the Tamil Nadu Energy Development Agency (TEDA) and implemented under the Generation Based Incentive (GBI) scheme of the Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, was commissioned on December 20, 2010. A power purchase agreement was signed with the erstwhile Tamil Nadu Electricity Board (TNEB) for Rs.4.50 per unit. A GBI pact was concluded with Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency (IREDA) for Rs. 10.50. Totally, the plant yields Rs.15 per unit.

Being operated by Moser Baer Clean Energy, the project has a plant load factor of above 20 per cent against the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission’s stipulation of 19 per cent, according to its senior manager Kanagaraj Ramachandran.

The average daily production of the plant has been around 24,500 units. Excluding four per cent of the production for internal consumption and loss, the remainder is fed into the grid. In March 2011, the highest monthly generation was achieved with 31,500 units. This month, it was so far 31,200 units. Even in recent days of heavy rains, the plant has generated around 15,000 units, he says

Tamil Nadu has a major advantage over Rajasthan and Gujarat, leaders in the field, as the State does not have sand storms which damage solar panels and reduce their efficacy.

Further, he says, the Sivaganga solar farm uses amorphous silicon thin film technology, considered better for Indian climatic conditions. Even though crystalline film technology occupies 90 per cent of the solar photovoltaic market, it is more suited for European conditions. Thin film technology requires double the quantum of land compared to the crystalline film method, Mr. Ramachandran says. However, the land is not a problem in the Sivaganga region where most of the area is dry and arid.

Welcoming the Solar Purchase Obligation mooted recently by the State government, he says it will greatly attract investors to this technology as they would have assured returns.

In the Solar Energy Policy 2012 which targets 3,000 MW through solar power by 2017, it has been made mandatory for large power consumers to buy six per cent of their consumption from solar energy producers or from the State generation and distribution utility at higher prices or by buying solar renewable energy certificates.


Government officials say the Sivaganga project can serve as a model for similar ventures in the State.

The estimated gross potential for land-based grid connected Solar PV in Tamil Nadu is in the range between 4,000 MW and 21,700 MW, according to World Institute of Sustainable Energy (WISE), a Pune-based organisation.

The State government, the official says, is imparting a major thrust to solar power through, among other measures, setting up of solar parks in public-private-partnership (PPP) mode.
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 #7537  by Madurai Gilli
 November 2nd, 2012, 7:05 pm
Spanish engineering and renewables major Gestamp intends to put up a 100 MW solar photovoltaic project in Tamil Nadu, but in phases.

Southern Solar Pvt Ltd, a joint venture of Gestamp and Chennai-based Zynergy group, will put up the first 25 MW by March. Gestamp has 70 per cent stake in the joint venture. (Typically, a solar project calls for an investment of Rs 9 crore per MW.)

The joint venture has acquired 500 acres in Madurai and Ramnad districts, Rohit Rabindernath, Group MD and CEO, Zynergy, told Business Line on Thursday.

Rabindernath said that Southern Solar would prefer to sell the power it generates to industrial consumers directly.

It has signed MoUs with potential buyers for selling power from 10 MW of capacity and is in the process of negotiating the power purchase agreements with them. He said he is confident of being able to firm up PPAs for 25 MW soon, and hence the initial phase of the project would be for that capacity.

He said that evacuation of power would not be a problem because “luckily for us” there is no transmission constraints in the areas Southern Solar would put up its projects.

On the tariffs that the Southern Solar would sell electricity at, Rabindernath said that industrial consumers were fine with paying Rs 9 and above per unit. Anything less would not make economic sense for the project developers. Any benefits that Southern Solar would get from trading in the renewable energy certificates could be shared with the buyer of the electricity.

Southern Solar would not be interested in ‘reverse bidding’ projects, where the tariffs are determined in a bid process, and are often as low as around Rs 8. ... 058325.ece
 #7619  by ananth
 November 6th, 2012, 1:13 pm
ilikemadurai wrote:Image

We need a strong leader a people's man to voice and get the demands of South TN. Else South TN will remain the same even in 2050. Wish something materializes in my lifetime.
Sorry, U r wroong. South TN will remain same like now forever except some cosmetic changes here and there.
 #7620  by ilikemadurai
 November 6th, 2012, 9:52 pm
Ananth, the reality will be so unless we are supported by GenNext thinkers and doers. Look at this —TN Govt. has identified 251 blocks as backward and how many of these have a SIDCO or SIPCOT except Chn, Kancheepuram and Thiruvallur.
59 Alanganallur
60 Chellampatti
61 Kalligudi
62 Kottampatti
63 Madurai East
64 Sedapatti
65 T.Kallupatti
66 Thirumangalam
67 Thirupparankundram
68 Usilampatti
69 Vadipatti
111 Bogalur
112 Kadaladi
113 Kamuthi
114 Mandapam
115 Mudukulathur

Pages 48 & 49. This high-headness and lopsided attitude of govt. should change. Not just south TN, entire TN excepting the 1 or 2 districts other than the above mentioned 3 are in the list. Pity. Shameful. :wallbash: :wallbash:
 #7988  by madurakarenda
 December 16th, 2012, 1:37 pm
Update on the Amway planned @ Nilakottai Ind. Estate :
Amway India unit to get uninterrupted power supply

State has made assurance in structured package of assistance

The assurance of uninterrupted power supply is an important element of the State Government’s structured package of assistance to Amway India, which signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with it last month for setting up a manufacturing facility in Dindigul district.

“[The] Government agrees that Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation [Tangedco] will meet the power requirements of Amway India subject to the rules and tariff structure governing power supply,” stated a government order issued by the Industries Department a few weeks ago. On November 5, Amway India, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the US-based Alticor Inc, was among 12 firms that signed memoranda of understanding with the government.

It plans to set up a facility in the State Industries Promotion Corporation of Tamil Nadu (Sipcot)’s industrial park at Nilakottai for manufacturing nutrition tablets, cosmetic jars, bottles, tubes and oral care products with an investment of not less than Rs. 300 crore and provision for direct employment to 475 persons in three years.

Tangedco will provide “uninterrupted power supply to the facility of Amway India at the Nilakottai industrial park through a dedicated power supply if Amway India is willing to bear the entire cost of the feeder,” according to the government order issued on November 27. “The government will exempt Amway India from power cuts, peak load restrictions, power holidays and other power supply and usage restrictions.” The company had been directed to use energy efficient equipment and adopt energy efficient technologies and practices. The company will be allotted 40 to 45 acres of land in the Nilakottai industrial park in “as-is-where-is” condition. The company has to comply with all environmental standards laid down by the Central and State governments besides the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board. Toxic sewage or trade effluents had to be treated separately by it.

Considering the fact that the investment will be above Rs. 250 crore and the firm’s location is in a southern district (Dindigul), the government has agreed to provide refund of the payments of net output Value Added Tax plus Central Sales Tax in the form of Investment Promotion Subsidy for 10 years from the date of commencement of commercial production.

An official hinted that orders for the other companies will be issued in due course. ... 204206.ece
 #8062  by Madurai Gilli
 December 17th, 2012, 1:25 pm

This was the focus at a seminar in Madurai on foreign trade with Latin America and the Caribbean.

The need to explore new areas of trade to fight the challenges of a sluggish global economy was highlighted by several speakers at a seminar organised by INLACE, an organisation supporting trade and business, in association with Federation of Indian Export Organisation (FIEO) in Madurai on Saturday.

Inaugurating the seminar on foreign trade with Latin America and the Caribbean, V. Neethi Mohan, Chairman, Young Entrepreneurs School, said that the focus was relevant in the present context of slowing down of economy and shooting oil prices which has put tremendous pressure on developing nations. He found many socio-cultural similarities between India and Latin American countries and felt that the current challenges in the economy could be overcome by increasing productivity in agriculture and industry and improving exports.

“An exporter is less vulnerable to market pressure,” he said.

Cristiano Mancheno, First Secretary, Embassy of Ecuador, outlined the similarities in geographical and cultural features between his country and India. Vladomiro Novoa, Head of Trade Division, Embassy of Republic of El Salvador, who appreciated the warmth he experienced in the people of Madurai, called for more collaborative efforts between export organisations of both the nations.

Unnikrishnan, Director, FIEO, drew the attention of exporters to the huge market in Latin America and the Caribbean and suggested that bilateral trade could be improved through people-to-people contacts. He called for increased tourist and cultural exchanges between India and Latin American and explained the various opportunities provided by the FIEO to expand trade. Mr. Unnikrishnan saw good potential for export in textiles, software and pharmaceuticals from the southern districts to Latin America.

Kundan Kanan of INLACE said that the objective of the seminar was to provide the right information about trade with Latin America and the Caribbean to exporters. P. Anbalagan, CEO of Speed and Safe Freight Systems India, Tuticorin, also addressed the gathering.

Sadasivam welcomed the gathering. ... 208940.ece
 #8156  by Sundar
 December 27th, 2012, 12:39 pm
MADITSSIA welcomes Chief Minister’s announcement on the allocation
Madurai District Tiny and Small Scale Industries Association (MADITSSIA) has welcomed Chief Minister Jayalalithaa’s announcement allocating Rs.101-crore funds to enhance the infrastructure in the industrial estates and to provide industrial training for the educated youth.

“Educated youth will benefit at large from the training. It would give them insight to start new industries and to enhance their livelihood”, V. S. Manimaran, president of MADITSSIA said.

“Meanwhile, the Chief Minister has announced allocation of Rs. One crore to step up the infrastructure so as to provide more electricity in Perungudi estate, Chennai. Funds should also be allocated to meet power scarcity in the industrial estates at Madurai”, Mr Manimaran added.

“There are nearly 450 small and tiny scale industries at the four industrial estates in Madurai. Besides, there are at least 600 small and tiny scale units within the city like in Jaihindpuram. These industries languish because of frequent power cuts and the State should allocate funds to the industries in Madurai to overcome the power crisis’’, he told The Hindu .

According to Mr. Manimaran, most of the industrial estates in Madurai are in a bad state.

“The Women’s Industrial Park was announced during the previous AIADMK regime and a cluster of 70 industries were meant to be allocated in the park.

Land meant to be allocated to the industrialists was acquired at a cost of Rs 6 lakh per acre. But the industrialists have been asked to pay as much as Rs. 27 crore per acre”, he said.

A large number of industries in the park have not become operational because of the high cost of land and skyrocketing price of construction.

Only 30 percent of the industries in the park are functioning at present, he pointed out.

This apart, industrialists in Kappalur and Pudhur claim that the industrial estates lack even the basic amenities.

“As many as 16,000 employees work in 260 industries in Kappalur industrial estate. Despite collecting tax, the Thirumangalam panchayat does not supply drinking water to the industries and there is no underground sewage system.

Also the garbage is not disposed properly. The roads in the industrial estate are narrow and two lorries cannot pass at the same time. A large number of street lights are not in a working condition”, rued an industrialist. Similarly, the Pudhur industrial estate also does not have proper roads and street lights, pointed out another industrialist. ... 243758.ece
 #8190  by Madurai Gilli
 December 28th, 2012, 11:17 pm
Emami Paper Mills Ltd is set to diversify into packaging business at an estimated investment of Rs 1,000 crore.

The Rs 500-crore outfit of Kolkata-based Emami Group plans to set up split-location packaging units with an annual capacity of three lakh tonnes in the next three to four years.

Speaking to Business Line P.S. Patwari, Executive Director, told that Emami Paper Mills would look at setting up a 1.5-lakh-tonne a year greenfield project either near Madurai in Tamil Nadu or some place in Gujarat.

Another 1.5 lt a year paperboard and packaging unit would also be set up in the company’s existing paper unit in Odisha.

Emami Paper would produce both multi-layered coated board used for small packaging and craft paper used for heavy packaging.

While a small percentage of the packaging material produced will be used for captive consumption, the rest will go towards feeding the demand in other industries as well as for exports.

“Our proposal for setting up the packaging unit in Odisha is almost firmed up. We hope to achieve financial closure for the project in the next three months. The plant should be operational around March 2015,” Patwari said.


The investment of Rs 1,000 crore would be partly funded through debts and partly by equity and internal accruals.

“Close to 60 per cent of the investments will be by way of debts while for the rest we will look at equity route – preferably a rights issue,” he said.

Diversification into packaging business will help the company improve its profitability and offset the drop in margins from the newsprint business, Patwari said.

Nearly 90 per cent of the company’s turnover currently comes from the newsprint business, while the rest comes from writing and printing paper business.

“Newsprint manufacturing is no longer a profitable business. Lack of restriction on import of newsprint has adversely affected the business. We are, therefore, looking at diversification to improve our profitability,” he said.

The diversification will help boost the company’s turnover to close to Rs 1,200-1,500 crore and EBITDA margins to 25 per cent from the current 17-18 per cent in the next three to four years, Patwari said. ... ef=wl_home

^^ Looks like another major Investment for Madurai region but the competitor is strong (Gujarat)..Will our elected representatives be able to convince the company and make them, start their business from Madurai ?
 #8357  by maduraiguy
 January 19th, 2013, 9:47 am
அலுமினியம் கட்டி தயாரிக்கும் தொழிற்கூடங்களில்வேலை வாய்ப்பு:மதுரையில் அடிப்படை கட்டமைப்பு வசதி இல்லை


ஜனவரி 19,2013,05:10 IST

மதுரை:மதுரையில் கழிவு அலுமினியங்களை சேகரித்து, கட்டியாக தயாரிக்கும் சிறு தொழிற்கூடங்கள் அதிகரித்து வருகின்றன. தேவையான அடிப்படை வசதிகளை செய்தால் பலருக்கு வேலை வாய்ப்பு கிடைக்கும்

செல்லூர், மீனாட்சிபள்ளம், ஒத்தக்கடை, அவனியாபுரம், வில்லாபுரத்தில் அலுமினிய
பாத்திரங்கள் தயாரிக்கும் தொழிற்சாலைகள் உள்ளன. இங்கு, கிடைக்கும் அலுமினிய கழிவுகளை, சிறு தொழிற்கூடங்களை நடத்துவோர், 25 கிலோ மூடை ஒன்றுக்கு 20 ரூபாய் வரை கொடுத்து வாங்குகின்றனர். பின், அவற்றை சல்லடையில் சலித்து சிறிய அலுமினிய துகள்களை சேகரிக்கின்றனர். அவற்றை உருக்கி அலுமினிய கட்டிகளாக தயாரிக்கின்றனர். மார்க்கெட் நிலவரத்திற்கு ஏற்ப ஒரு கிலோ அலுமினிய கட்டிகளை (சராசரி விலை ஒரு கிலோ 75 ரூபாய்) விற்கின்றனர்.

கட்டமைப்பு இல்லை:கோச்சடை இரட்டை வாய்க்காலில் அலுமினிய கட்டிகள் தயாரிக்கும் ஜோசப் கூறுகையில், ""இத்தொழிலில் ஏராளமானோருக்கு வேலை வாய்ப்பு கிடைக்கிறது. என் பட்டறையில் நான், மனைவி உட்பட ஏழு பேர் வேலை செய்கிறோம். வேறு தொழில் தெரியாது. இத்தொழிலை முறையாக நடத்த அடிப்படை கட்டமைப்பு வசதிகள் மற்றும் சிறு தொழிலுக்கான வங்கிக்கடனை மானியத்துடன் வழங்கினால் சிறு தொழில்கள் மேம்படும்,'' என்றார். வைகை ஆற்றின் கரையோரங்களில் கழிவு அலுமினியங்களை சேகரித்தும் அலுமினிய கட்டிகள் தயாரிக்கும் சிறு தொழிற்கூடங்கள் செயல்படுகின்றன.

Article about, Good scope for Job opportunities in Small scale Aluminium Industries around Madurai. But lacks in infrastructure. Workers and entrepreneurs of this field seeks basic infra structures & unconditional bank loans to boost up these Industries in Madurai.
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