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Madurai suited for medicinal plant research: CII

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Need to strengthen the basic urban infrastructure of the district "Recommendation was based on a study by it on the industrialisation of southern districts."

CHENNAI: The Confederation of Indian Industry-Southern Region (CII-SR) has called upon the Government to promote Madurai district as the manufacturing, knowledge and tourism hub of southern Tamil Nadu.

In an official release, it said the recommendation was based on a study by it on the industrialisation of southern districts. The Government needed to strengthen the basic urban infrastructure, it said, adding that upgrading of airport, widening of roads connecting Tuticorin, Tirunelveli, Virudhunagar and Kanyakumari and development of world-class industrial estates were important.

Pointing out that Tuticorin was emerging as an export hub, the release said that as a manufacturing centre, Madurai could attract multinational investments in textiles, auto ancillaries, agro and food processing sectors.

The district already had a large number of large, medium and small-scale textile, rubber, garment, electrical and electronic component-making units. Madurai and its adjoining districts had an immense potential to strengthen their global presence in floriculture and horticulture, it said.

Destination for leisure tourists

On the service sector front, the CII said its study pointed out that the district had the scope to become a destination for heritage, ethnic and leisure tourists.

The district was well suited for bio- technology and medical plants research and cultivation, the release said.

It called upon the Government to expedite the proposed medical plants biotechnology park in the district to enable the biotechnology industry to source raw materials in a sustainable manner.

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