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TEA wants Tirupur named Smart City
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Jun '15
The Tirupur Exporters Association (TEA) has requested Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa to nominate Tirupur in the smart city programme and recommend it to central government for inclusion in the current financial year and make it one among the 100 smart cities.

TEA’s request came a day after the central government announced that Tamil Nadu can nominate 12 cities to be developed as smart cities.

In a letter to the chief minister, TEA president A Sakthivel said that Tirupur which is India’s knitwear export hub and contributes 10 per cent of total exports from Tamil Nadu, needs infrastructure development and IT facilities for the growth of exports and requested Jayalalithaa to nominate Tirupur under the smart city programme.

Sakthivel also highlighted the fact knitwear exports from Tirupur touched Rs.20,730 crores in 2014 – 15 and is poised to reach Rs.36,000 crores in the next two years.

The TEA chief said better infrastructure facility in Tirupur would not only enhance the exports but also provide additional employment to workers, mainly women workers from rural areas. Tirupur’s population has risen from just two lakh in 1970 to nine lakh today, many of whom are migrants and whose numbers are increasing.

Sakthivel said nominating Tirupur as a smart city can take care of demands for implementation of information technology for faster business decision making and efficient communication and a better quality of life. (SH)

Fibre2fashion News Desk – India

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