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Kochouseph Chittilappilly is one of kerala’s leading industrialist’s and is actively involved in humanitarian and social causes including kidney donation and nokkukooli (head load) among others.

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China business visit

  1. 1. China Business Visit
  2. 2. <ul><li>I had been to China in September on a business visit. It has been a few years since I last visited. </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Coming to think of China, there are a few similarities with India such as a large population, rapidly growing economies and an educated workforce. </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>But, the similarities end there. There is a huge gap in terms of Infrastructure. I was to witness this in the following days. </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>My journey took me to the Eastern provinces. It did give me a taste of modern China. The progress that they have made is only to be seen to be believed. </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>The roads were all exceptionally wide and well maintained. There were fly-over's everywhere. </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>They seem to have perfected the art of building fly-over's. In fact, fly-over's seem to be stacked one over the other </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li> I was dumbstruck to see cars speeding at over 90 km/hr, through the heart of Shanghai city, along an elevated highway, at peak hours. </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>I found that the highways were constructed with adequate allowance of space for future usage, and lined with well pruned trees </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>  Later, I found to my amazement, trees about 5-6 metre high that have been grown elsewhere, being transplanted along the highway. I couldn't help admiring their wisdom and foresight. </li></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>I travelled by car from a city called Ningbo to another city called Haining. It was a two hour drive along the Ningbo-Shanghai Express Highway.  </li></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li>We happened to cross the Hangzhou Bay Bridge, constructed over the sea. Opened to the public in the year 2008, at a cost of USD 1.7 billion, it is a six lane bridge, about 36 kms long. </li></ul>
  13. 13. <ul><li>Truly, an amazing structure. It reduces the distance between Ningbo and Shanghai by 120 Kms. The people simply didn't seem to mind paying an equivalent of Rs. 620/- as toll fee </li></ul>
  14. 14. <ul><li>The surprise didn't end there! Much more was in store. Before my return, I also happened to travel along the Qingdao Jiaozhou Bay Bridge, the longest sea crossing bridge in the world </li></ul>
  15. 15. <ul><li> It is about 41.58 Km long featuring eight traffic lanes. At a cost of a whopping USD 2.3 billion, it was opened to the public in June, 2011. </li></ul>
  16. 16. <ul><li>One has to pay a fee equivalent of Rs.1390 for the 4 hour journey along the road and crossing the bridge.  </li></ul>
  17. 17. <ul><li>My driver said that he would gladly pay the amount rather than waste fuel and time by taking an alternate route. </li></ul>
  18. 18. <ul><li>Midway I stepped out of the car to admire the view. The bridge was illuminated with rows and rows of lights mounted on the median and side railings </li></ul>
  19. 19. <ul><li> In the distance, I could see big ships as tiny specks on the sea. The salty sea breeze and the 360° view of calm blue sea stretching beyond the horizon was a breathtaking moment! </li></ul>
  20. 20. <ul><li>It's strange, but in contrast, India, invariably all infrastructure projects are mired in allegations and counter allegations.  </li></ul>
  21. 21. <ul><li>It doesn't seem to be so in China. Corruption doesn't seem to be completely non-existent however concerted efforts and commitment is plainly visible when it comes to execution of projects. </li></ul>
  22. 22. <ul><li>As I could see, all Express Highways pass through densely populated areas. But, they are all elevated ones which do not require massive displacement of people. </li></ul>
  23. 23. <ul><li>You may well remember the hue and cry in Kerala, generated over the Express Highway, a few years ago. Many alleged it would divide Kerala into two halves. </li></ul>
  24. 24. <ul><li>A project that could have revolutionized our State, failed to take off. And we are left ruing lost opportunities. </li></ul>
  25. 25. <ul><li>It's not just about the roads and fly-over's. Train travel was equally fascinating. </li></ul>
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