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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.

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 www.kochousephchittilappilly.com
      • I had been to China in September on a business visit. It has been a few years since I last visited.
      • Coming to think of China, there are a few similarities with India such as a large population, rapidly growing economies and an educated workforce.
      • But, the similarities end there. There is a huge gap in terms of Infrastructure. I was to witness this in the following days.
      • 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.
      • The roads were all exceptionally wide and well maintained. There were fly-over's everywhere.
      • 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
      •  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.
      • I found that the highways were constructed with adequate allowance of space for future usage, and lined with well pruned trees
      •   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.
      • 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. 
      • 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.
      • 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
      • 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
      •  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.
      • One has to pay a fee equivalent of Rs.1390 for the 4 hour journey along the road and crossing the bridge. 
      • My driver said that he would gladly pay the amount rather than waste fuel and time by taking an alternate route.
      • 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
      •  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!
      • It's strange, but in contrast, India, invariably all infrastructure projects are mired in allegations and counter allegations. 
      • 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.
      • 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.
      • 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.
      • A project that could have revolutionized our State, failed to take off. And we are left ruing lost opportunities.
      • It's not just about the roads and fly-over's. Train travel was equally fascinating.
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