Tamil Nadu is a state at the southern tip of India.
The bordering states and union territories are Pondicherry,
Kerala, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. The island nation
of Srilanka lies off the southeast coast.
Tamil Nadu has a long eastern coastline dotted with
enchanting beaches with Bay of Bengal in the east. Marina
in Chennai is one of the longest beaches in the world.
Arabian sea and the states of Kerala and Karnataka form
the boundary in the west. Western Ghats have sanctuaries
such as Mudumalai wildlife and The Nilgiris, the Queen
of Hills. The state is bounded in the north by the states
of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. Pulicat lake is in
the extreme north.
Tamil Nadu is one of the most industrialised states
in India with a high Human Development Index (HDI).
Chennai (formerly known as Madras), the capital city
of Tamil Nadu, is the gateway of south India with an
international airport, seaports and good rail and road
network connectivity. Coimbatore, Madurai and Tiruchirappalli,
Salem and Tirunelveli are some of the other major towns
in the state. The state has large number of good educational
institutions and is one of the leaders in the field
of Science and Technology and particularly in Information
Tamil Nadu is one of the well developed states in terms
of industrial development and in the post liberalization
era, the state has emerged as one of the front-runners
by attracting a large number of domestic and foreign
investments. It is one of the major recipients of outside
investments, particularly of Foreign direct Investment
(FDI). Several multi-nationals such a Ford Motors of
USA, Hyundai of Korea, St. Gobain of France, Nokia of
Finland, etc. have established their units in Tamil
The Industrial Policy of the state is now focused on
stimulating industrial development and attracting FDI.
It is aimed at consolidation of the existing industrial
base, facilitating new manufacturing capacity and is
designed to meet challenges of globalisation and demand
for new areas of development.
The State has launched an initiative to engender private
public partnerships (PPP) by creating a positive business
and regulatory environment, enabling flow of substantial
domestic and foreign capital for infrastructure building,
especially in Special Economic Zones, industrial townships,
satellite towns, etc.