Tamil Nadu Current Affairs - 2019

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ADB to give $451Mn for Chennai-Kanyakumari Industrial Corridor power links 

The Asian Development Bank will provide a $451 million (appx. Rs.3,200 crore) loan to strengthen power connectivity between southern and northern parts of Chennai-Kanyakumari Industrial Corridor (CKIC) in Tamil Nadu. As per ADB, the Manila-headquartered multilateral agency the total cost of the project is $653.5 million, of which the government will provide $202.5 million.

About Chennai-Kanyakumari Industrial Corridor (CKIC)

On January 2019 Tamil Nadu Government passed a bill to amend Tamil Nadu Industrial Township Area Development Authority Act, 1997 (TNITADA) to turn CKIC project worth Rs.64.48 billion into reality.

The first phase of CKIC project will have Madurai-Virudhnagar-Dindigul-Theni and Thoothukudi-Tirunelveli nodes. The focus of CKIC will be on manufacturing.

ADB has been assisting in developing CKIC, which covers Tamil Nadu’s 23 out of 32 districts, accounting for 64% of Tamil Nadu’s area and 70% of state population. The ADB project will allow more power, (which includes renewable energy) to be transferred from new generation facilities in south CKIC to north, where demand is high.

The project includes constructing 400- kilovolt kV network to pool power generated at renewable and thermal power plants in Thoothukudi district to Virudhunagar district in Tamil Nadu. An extra-high voltage 765- kV transmission link for transferring 9,000 MW of extra capacity will be esablished from Virudhunagar in southern CKIC northwards to major industrial center of Coimbatore and state capital Chennai. The estimated date of completion of project is by end of 2024.

CKIC will help in promoting Tamil Nadu’s economic development by delivering a more reliable and competitive power supply for industry and services within the state, which will in turn increase jobs and improve livelihoods.

State Formation Day celebrated by Several States

Eight Indian States namely Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala, Chattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana and Madhya Pradesh celebrated their formation day in November 1, 2019. PM Modi and President Ram Nath Kovind and several other leaders wished the states for their prosperity.

The day is celebrated as “Rajyotsav” by the state of Karnataka every year.

There are 28 states and 9 Union Territories in India as on November 2, 2019.

Kerala

Kerala was created on November 1, 1956. Prior to its formation it was three independent provinces namely Malabar, Travancore and Cochin. It got its name from its first ruler Keralian Thamboran.

Chattisgarh

The state of Chattisgarh was carved out of Madhya Pradesh on November 1, 2000. It is the 10th largest state in India. The step was taken for easy administration and also to reduce naxalism in the region. There are about 25 million people living in Chattisgarh.

Haryana

The state of Haryana was carved out of Punjab on November 1, 1966. The state was a boon to the country as it led the Green Revolution movement in terms of crop output.

Punjab

The movement led by the Akali Dal resulted in the formation of Punjabi-majority Punjab state, Union Territory of Chandigarh and Haryanvi-Hindi majority Haryana state. The formation of the state dates back to the Punjabi suba movement in the 1950s

Madhya Pradesh

The State of Madhya Pradesh was formed on November 1, 1956. It is the second largest state of India in terms of area and is the sixth largest populous state.

Tamil Nadu

For the first time since its formation Tamil Nadu is celebrating its formation day. It was formed based on the Linguistic Reorganization of States in 1956.

Odisha was the first state to be formed on linguistic basis.