Chennai to be made world class city, says minister

August 22nd, 2008 - 9:03 pm ICT by IANS  

Chennai, Aug 22 (IANS) The Tamil Nadu government is committed to developing Chennai as a world class city with matching infrastructure and living standards, a state government minister said here Friday. “My ministry would take all necessary steps to make Chennai a happening place in the world with respect to infrastructure and other long term planning,” said the state’s Information Minister Parithi Ellamvazhuthi.

He was addressing the Chennai Version 3.0, a conference organised by industry lobby Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) to mark the 369th anniversary of Chennai’s formation.

Speaking on the occasion, R. Sellamuthu, principal secretary, housing and urban department, Tamil Nadu government said that public-private partnership was the key to infrastructure development in the state.

He said that the Government of Tamil Nadu would spend Rs.500 billion in the next 10 years for several infrastructure projects including Metro Rail, elevated express highways and connectivity roads.

“Chennai Version 3.0 aspires to take up the challenge of eradicating illiteracy, unemployment and poverty in the city by 2025,” said G.R.K. Reddy, chairman of CII Chennai Zone.

“The goal is to develop Chennai into a new metropolis which is peaceful and safe, eco-sensitive and modern, yet culturally conscious,” he said.

He said that it is time for the public and private sectors to join hands and come together with a view to make Chennai a source of global innovations - new businesses, new technologies and new business models.

Stressing the importance of inclusive and balanced development engaging people in the lower strata of the society, Kanimozhi, MP, said corporate social responsibility should focus more on providing education and better healthcare for the underprivileged youth.

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