The economic growth of a country is directly dependent on the development of its infrastructure. The fabric of a nation – its roads and highways, airports and ports, railways, water systems, power and telecommunications - form the foundation which determines a nation’s economic prosperity. Particularly in India, the infrastructure sector attracts special focus from the Government that brings up major policy initiatives and amendments that ensure time-bound creation of world class infrastructure in the country.
Some of the key initiatives of the Government namely, the introduction of the Hybrid Annuity Model (HAM) and the Toll Operate Transfer (TOT) model in the roads sector, the Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS) and the Open Sky Policy in the aviation sector, The Major Port Authorities Bill 2016 and the National Waterways Act 2016 effectively enhance the infrastructure facilities that lead to a strong connectivity within the nation. These initiatives enabled India to jump 19 places in the World Bank's Logistics Performance Index (LPI) 2016, to be ranked 35 amongst 160 countries.
Tamil Nadu, being one of the major industrial states in the nation and a major contributor to India’s GDP, has a well-developed, physical and industrial infrastructure and a strong physical and virtual connectivity. It has well-built infrastructure with an excellent road and rail network, 3 major ports, 23 minor ports, and 7 airports across the state providing excellent connectivity. In its Vision 2023 document, the state has expressed its pledge to provide the best infrastructure services in India in terms of access to housing, energy, transportation, irrigation and connectivity etc. Thus, the state is and has been attracting investments in a wide range with its continuous improvement on providing better solutions on connectivity. The state also plans to develop two industrial corridors – Chennai-Bengaluru & Madurai-Tuticorin that are prone to attract investments, developing the Tier II and Tier III cities in the south of Tamil Nadu.
CII, being an industrial body is closely engaged with the Government on various policy framework that shape up the infrastructure sector in the nation and in Tamil Nadu. In this regard, CII Tamil Nadu is organizing a Conference on Tamil Nadu State Connectivity in order to initiate a process of exchanging ideas and shaping the policy framework to facilitate the development of this sector.
The objective of this conference is to brainstorm ideas on improving the existing connectivity in the state, to share latest trends in this sector, discuss on policy amendments and the role of the private sectors in this industry.
The Conference will be addressed by the State Ministers, Secretaries from the State Government & key representatives from public sector undertakings and industry veterans.
- Inaugural Session – with bureaucrats and industry veterans
- Policy framework for Tamil Nadu Connectivity – Policy initiatives in the physical infrastructure - policy initiatives in Road, Aviation, Port and the Railways sector
- Tier II & Tier III Cities development in Tamil Nadu – focus on Madurai-Tuticorin Industrial Corridor development and connectivity in other Tier II and Tier III cities in the state like Erode and Tuticorin
- Success stories in the Tamil Nadu Infrastructure sector – Case studies of successful Infrastructure projects in the state – Presentations by CMRL, Kaatupalli project by L&T, Mahindra Industrial Park
- State Connectivity: The right track to Ease of Doing Business – focusing on scaling up the EoDB ranking in the state with connectivity initiatives