Infrastructure in and around Coimbatore

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Take few minutes to read about our City of Enterprise. Coimbatore.

A major hub for manufacturing, education and healthcare in Tamil Nadu, Coimbatore is among the fastest growing tier-II cities in India and also the 93rd fastest growing city in the world. It houses more than 25,000 small, medium and large industries with the primary industries being engineering and textiles and its ranked 15th in the list of most competitive (by business environment) Indian cities. 

Coimbatore region experienced a textile boom in the 1920s and 1930s. Though, Robert Stanes had established Coimbatore's first textile mills as early as the late 19th century, it was during this period that Coimbatore emerged as a prominent industrial centre.

Coimbatore is the second largest producer of software in the state, next to capital Chennai. TIDEL Park Coimbatore and other Information technology parks in the city has aided in the growth of IT and Business process outsourcing industries in the city. It is ranked at 17th among the top global outsourcing cities by Tholons. Software exports stood at ₹7.1 billion (US$110 million) for the financial year 2009–10 up 90% from the previous year. 

G.D. Naidu developed India's first indigenous motor in 1937. India's first indigenously developed diesel engine for cars was manufactured in the city in 1972. It is a major centre for the manufacture of automotive components in India with car manufacturers Maruti Udyog and Tata Motors sourcing up to 30%, of their automotive components from the city. The city is also a major centre for small auto component makers catering to the automobile industry, from personal to commercial and farm vehicles. Coimbatore has a large and diversified manufacturing sector and a number of engineering colleges producing about 50,000 engineers annually. 

The term "Coimbatore Wet Grinder" has been given a Geographical indication. The city contributes to about 75% of the 1 lakh total monthly output of wet grinders in India. The industry employs 70,000 people and had a yearly turnover of ₹2,800 crore (US$420 million) in 2015. 

Coimbatore is also referred to as "the Pump City" as it supplies nearly 50% of India's requirements of motors and pumps. The estimated production of pumps in the cluster is 35,000 units a day (about 10.5 million /year).  Pump set manufacturers employ close to 7000 direct employees and many indirectly. It's estimated that a turnover of about 5,000 crores is done Annually in this sector. 

 The city is one of the largest exporters of jewellery renowned for diamond cutting, cast and machine made jewellery. There are about 3,000 jewellery manufacturers employing over 40,000 goldsmiths.

Coimbatore has a large number of poultry farms and is a major producer of chicken eggs. The city contributes to nearly 95% of processed chicken meat exports. 

Coimbatore has some of the country's oldest flour mills and these mills which cater to all the southern states, have a combined grinding capacity of more than 50,000 MT per month. The hospitality industry has seen a growth in the 21st century with new upscale hotels being set up. Coimbatore is the largest non-metro city for e-commerce in South India. Coimbatore also has a 160,000 square feet (15,000 m2) trade fair ground, built in 1999 and is owned by CODISSIA.

Coimbatore will need a good infrastructure to facilitate growth in the future for which a detailed analysis on infrastructure is given below.

A. The listed points would be useful for the development of road infrastructure in the City.

1. From the centre of the city to the East of the city the most important Avinashi road will need a flyover from upplipalayam to chinniampalayam for a total distance of  14 kms.

2. TRICHY road that runs parallel to Avinashi road will immediately need flyovers in the junctions at Sungam, Ramnathapuram and Singanallur and Cinthamani pudur. Also the expansion of Trichy road from Coimbatore to Karur as a four lane highway must be prioritised due to increasing vehicle population travelling to East of Tamilnadu.

3. Forming of a new road in the Southside of Railway station near Siruthuli office from the Bye Pass road along the railway line until Nanjundapuram should help people travelling South of the city.

4. A flyover in Sundarapuram and Eachnari is very important to ease the traffic on the South bound Pollachi road.

5. In the Northern part of the city on Mettupalayam road from Cinthamani junction to Kauvdanpalayam, an elevated road  for a distance of 6 kms will ease a lot of congestion.

6. The only possibility on the western side of the city will be to Implement the process quickly for the western bye pass road from Madukkarai to Kauvdanpalayam.

All of the above said points are of immediate requirement to cater to today's growing city traffic. We should act before the city s traffic situation worsen like the Metros where people dread to travel from one place to the other.

We can see that the city of Ahmedabad has a very good ring road and in the city of Hyderabad, the ring road was planned by then chief minister Mr Chandrababau Naidu which is boon to travelling public today.

B. The district of Coimbatore needs these facilities to be implemented for a sustainable growth.

Keeping the Ecological balance in mind the topography of Coimbatore will not suit a ring road, but it can be a semi circle road connecting Mettupalayam road in the North to Pollachi road in the South many times.

1. Currently the Town of Mettupalayam which is situated in the North at 40 kms from Coimbatore is connected through Annur, Kaumathampatty, Karanampettai, Karadivavi and Sulthanpet to the Town of Pollachi situated south at 45 kms from Coimbatore.

2. Like wise Karamadi which is situated in the north of Coimbatore must be connected to the south at Kinnathukadavu which will be at 30 kms on both the directions from the city centre. This road will cross Kariampalayam, Arasur, Sulur, Kalangal, Panapatti, Arasampalayam and reach Kinnathukadavu.

 3. At 20 kms from the city centre Periyanakkanpalayam in the North must be connected to Malumichampatty in the South and this road will pass through Athipalayam, kovilpalayam, Kalapatty, Airport, SIHS Colony, Pattnam, Chettipalayam and reach Malumachampatty.

4. At 10 kms from the city Thudiyalur in the North can be connected through vellakinar, keeranantham, villankurichi, masakalipalayam, singanallur, vellalore, podanur and reach Kurichi in the South.

5. At 5 kms from the centre a route from Sanganoor, Ganapathi, Ramakrishna hospital, Lakshmi Mills, Ramnathapuram, Nanjundapuram,Podhanur can reach Sundarapuram with some changes.

All the above roads are mostly with the state government and some more land needs to be taken for implementing the proposal. Existing Roads must be made wider and sufficient planning for further infrastructure must be put in place. Sign boards must be installed for people to use this facility. By implementing this process the traffic congestion will greatly be reduced in the six main roads in the city.

1. Mettupalayam road 

2. Sathy road.

3. Avinashi road.

4. Trichy road.

5. Pollachi road.

6. Palghat road.

All the six roads will be connected at every 10 kms from the city centre and we will have five bye pass roads and it will all be in the district of Coimbatore.

Good roads lead to better economy, We hope that keeping the future in mind, the people of our district will work together to create this infrastructure which will be very significant for the generations to come. 

Thank you.


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