INDUSTRY CORRIDORS along the southern and western national highways recorded massive development. The one on the north along the trunk road to Kolkata initially recorded rapid industrialisation up to Ennore and Manali.
Later SIPCOT identified Gummidipoondi further north and developed an industrial cluster over 1183 acres. The location had excellent infrastructure in the form of an important highway, the Grand Trunk rail line, proximity to Chennai and Ennore ports and to the large, North Madras thermal station. In quick time, a number of industrial units were setup in Gummidipoondi.
The SIPCOT estate houses Hi-tech Carbon, Greaves Cotton, KTV Oil, SRF, Mitsuba, Mando, and SAC Engine Components to name a few.
In the 1990s the state government invited Thapar DuPont to set up its sophisticated nylon cord plant. The 300-year plus global giant with its PR blitz projected Gummidipoondi like never before. Apart from bringing state-of-the-art construction practices, DuPont also focused on a wide range of socially responsible activities (DuPont sold-off the facility to its rival SRF and quit).
Dr P V Cherian, renowned cardiologist, conceived a massive medical village project at Gummidipoondi. Over a sprawling 360 acres of land, this joint venture between Frontier Lifeline Hospitals and TIDCO was developed as a SEZ. An animal farm, facilities for medical research, a medical museum, a medical college and hospital along with a large auditorium will dot this place. Located near the Pulicat Lake and sprinkled with a number of small lakes, the medical village has been designed to boost medical tourism.
Another large project in that area is Ashok Leyland’s joint venture with John Deere for the manufacture of construction equipment. Caught up in the slowdown of construction activity, this unit is waiting for better times. The SIPCOT estate houses HPCL and BPCL gas filling stations as also the Amma Kudineer water plant. Gummidipoondi has over a dozen of steel rolling mills. Tamil Nadu Petrochemical’s a 60 MW captive power plant and Hi-tech Carbon’s a 6 MW power plant. These offer uninterrupted power supply to units in that region.
A number of arts and science colleges as also polytechnics and engineering colleges ensure that a large educated manpower is readily and regularly churned out for the benefit of industry.