Tamil Nadu is a south Indian state famous for its Dravidian style temples and culture. The state is one of the most industrialized and urbanized states in the country and its economy is the second largest in India. While manufacturing accounts for about one-third of its GDP, it is still essentially an agricultural state with agriculture being the mainstay of half of the working population.
The state’s industrial and service sector development in the last few decades has driven large scale migration of rural population to cities like Chennai, Coimbatore, Erode, Tirupur, Salem, Tiruchirappalli, Madurai which now face several urban development challenges. Water scarcity is a major and perennial threat for several cities and regions as the semi-arid state is heavily dependent on its monsoon season, and seasonal rivers and lakes for water supply as well as irrigation.
Project Cities in Tamil Nadu
Coimbatore is the second largest city in Tamil Nadu, situated on the banks of the river Noyyal surrounded by the Western Ghats. Often referred to as the Manchester of South India, it is one of the fastest growing cities in India. It is also a major hub for textiles, industries, commerce, education, information technology, healthcare, and manufacturing.
Tiruchirappalli is a major industrial center, dubbed the “Energy Equipment and Fabrication Capital of India”, and the fourth largest urban agglomeration in the state of Tamil Nadu. It is situated on the banks of river Kaveri and is home to a fine blend of temples and monuments.
Tirunelveli is situated on the banks of the only perennial river in Tamil Nadu, Tamirabarani, which divides the city into the Tirunelveli quarter and the Palayamkottai area. It is the sixth largest city in Tamil Nadu and is a commercial hub in the region known for its administrative and educational services, and agricultural trading.