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Bad roads hamper economic growth of Hosur

Staff Reporter

`Though monthly fee is collected, maintenance is not done'

KRISHNAGIRI: Hosur, because of its climate and proximity to Bangalore that has an airport, once used to attract a number of industries. But the infrastructure never matched industrial development.

Battered roads, which stand testimony to the lagging infrastructure, have made many industrial companies think twice before setting up base in Hosur. The roads that were laid during the 1970s are yet to be re-laid.

Says the president of the Krishnagiri Small and Tiny Industries Association (KRISTIA), G. S. Ganesan: "Though maintenance charges are collected by the Small Scale Industries Development Corporation (SIDCO) for maintaining the roads there has hardly been any maintenance.

While tenders have been floated the works are progressing at a snail's pace.

The entire area in SIDCO and the approach roads in SIPCOT are completely battered and require immediate attention.

With the whole traffic from Bangalore passing through the industrial area in Hosur traffic snarls have become a routine affair."

Though SIPCOT and SIDCO make a monthly collection of Rs. 3,210 and Rs. 3,920 per acre respectively for maintenance, the work executed by them has been awfully poor with most of the roads unmotorable.

In addition a majority of the streetlights have not been replaced and remain with fused bulbs. While the quality of water is not good it can be used for industrial purposes.

Outlay

Industrialists point out that SIDCO has opted for the Integrated Infrastructure Development scheme for relaying roads within the SIDCO area at an outlay of Rs. 80 lakhs.

Of this, a sum of Rs. 32 lakhs would be provided by the Union Government while the balance Rs. 48 lakhs should be borne by the entrepreneurs.

Of this, a sum of Rs. 24 lakhs has to be paid immediately by the entrepreneurs while the balance amount will be extended as loan by the SIDCO, which would be recovered within three instalments.

Additional burden

Disgruntlement prevails among the industrialists who feel that when the SIDCO was already collecting charges per month for maintaining roads and streetlights the new charges would only be an additional burden.

There has been a very slow improvement in developing the infrastructure facilities available at Hosur.

As a result, the Government must undertake a massive improvement if it was keen to attract investments of major companies in the area, they added.

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