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Candidates promise Software Park

Written by: Staff

Tiruvannamalai, TN, May 3 (UNI) A promise to establish a Software Park in Tiruvannamalai and Vellore towns is evoking positive response from the voters of the two assembly constituencies for the May 8 Tamil Nadu polls.

K Pitchandi, former DMK Minister and looking for a hat-trick victory in Tiruvannamalai and C Gnanasekaran, the Congress sitting MLA, seeking re-election from the Vellore constituency, have both been promising the establishment of Software technology parks in their respective constituencies, to fill up the existing vacancies in the Government departments and elsewhere.

Mr Pitchandi and Mr Gnanasekaran told UNI that they had approached the Union Communication and Information Technology Minister Mr Dayanidhi Maran in this regard, who had assured them to extend all assistance for the establishment of Software technology parks in Tiruvannamalai and Vellore.

Mr Pitchandi, who has been representing Tiruvannamalai in the state assembly from 1996 and was a Housing Minister for a period of five years from 1996, had achieved several things for his own constituency.

These include making the Keel Pennatur panchayat union self-sufficient in drinking water supply, preventing the Archelogical Survey of India's move to take over the administration of Sri Arunachaleswarar temple in Tiruvannamalai, establishment of three new fire stations and C T Scan facility in Government Headquarters hospital.

He said, if re-elected, he would try to establish the Government Medical college in his constituency and plan an Underground drainage scheme for Tiruvannmalai municipality. Since the Tiruvannmalai district is industrially backward, he would also try to establish an agriculture-based industry here.

Mr Pitchandi is contesting against V Pavankumar of AIADMK and a former Municipal Chairman of Tiruvannamalai Municipality. Both have earned a name for being easily accessible to the people.

Mr Gnanasekaran claimed that he had done several good things for the constituency for the last 15 years, including solving the drinking water crisis for the Vellore town and its surroundings by implementing a massive drinking water supply scheme from Ponnai river. However, the existing water supply scheme from Ponnai river, would be for next five years, as the ground water level is going down day by day.

He said to overcome this and also to solve the Vellore water supply crisis permanently, he had already initiated new water supply scheme from Hogenekkal in the adjoining Dharmapuri district.

This scheme involved a cost of Rs 1,500 crore and the investigation of the scheme had already been commenced for this world bank-aided project, he added.

He said if elected was voted, he would expedite this mega water supply scheme.

Mr Gnanasekaran said the Tamil Nadu Government had promised a Government Law College at Vellore in 2000. But due to subsequent political developments, the college was not established so far, and he would ensure its set-up soon, he added.

He said the main concern of the people of Vellore and other Northern districts is the Andhra Pradesh Government's move to construct a dam across the river Palar in the Kuppam area.

If this proposed dam was constructed, the water scarcity of the Northern Districts of Tamil Nadu, would be a big issue in future, he said.

Though the Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa had promised that the Tamil Nadu Government would move to the Supreme Court to prevent the Government's move, but the Government did not honour her announcement, he alleged.

He explained to the people about the failure of the Jayalalithaa Government in this connection, and said only the DMK Government-led by Mr Karunanidhi, could be able to persuade the Andhra Pradesh Government for dropping the proposed dam construction.

People of Tamil Nadu, especially the Northern District people should support the DMK-led DPA in the ensuing polls, he added.


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