Multifaceted SalemSalem is truly a multifaceted city. You must have heard of cities which are famous for a specific cuisine or industry or even for abundance of any crop that is cultivated there. For instance, we know Vellore more for CMC hospital, tanneries and Vellore Fort, Namakkal for eggs, lorries and Mettur dam, Erode for Turmeric, Dindigul for locks, biryani and mangoes, Kanchipuram for temples and Mahabalipuram and Tanjore for temples as well as rich cultural heritage.
Well, what is Salem famous for? Try and think of at least some features about Salem that come to your mind and then read on!
Salem - The Mango CityYes! This is a place where mangoes are available as real mangoes throughout the year! Not only this, these mangoes are exported all over the globe. Alphonso, Salem Bengaluru, Nadusalai, Banganapalli, Senthura, Emampasand, Salem's Mulgova mango are varieties of mangoes found here. The mangoes come with Geographical Indication (GI) registration.
Steel City SalemSalem is known as Steel city due to presence of Salem Steel plant. There are many other large industries pertaining to bauxite, lorry body building, hand loom weaving and steel plants. The entire Salem district has many well known cities to contribute to its economy.
IT Development in SalemAs far as technological development is concerned, Salem has marched with the changing times. There are a number of IT Parks in the district. You must be knowing about SEZ (Special Economic Zone) spread across 164.26 acres on Salem-Bangalore Expressway. IT SEZ is being promoted by PPP mode (Public Private Partnership). There is an exclusive Electrical and Electronics Industrial Estate in the Suramangalam area of Salem city. Tamil Nadu government and ELCOT are planning to establish an IT park in Salem. SAIL is planning a Steel SEZ inside the Salem Steel plant.
Mineral Reserves in SalemSalem has been derived from Sanskrit word 'Sailam' which means mountain. True to its name, Salem is actually surrounded by hills. These hills have reserves of minerals, iron ore, limestone, bauxite, precious stones and aluminium. Iron ore mines are present in Kanjamalai, Kavuthimalai and Vediappanmalai. Salem has one of the largest magnesite, and bauxite and also iron ore deposits in India. There are oil deposits in various regions in the district.
Infrastructural Development in SalemInfrastructural development in Salem has been good. It has attracted tourists in large numbers from all parts of the globe. There is a Hydro Electric Power generation unit in Mettur near Salem.
Salem - Major Textile CentreThere are close to 75,000 hand looms in Salem churning out superior quality sari, dhoti and angavasthram from silk and cotton yarn. There are more than 125 spinning mills, modern weaving units, waste spinning units, small scale hand dying units, Hand loom societies and garment units in Salem! Kondalampatti is a small town in Salem district famous for its cotton and silk hand loom products.
There are a number of Power Loom units in Gugai, Ammapet, Jalakandapuram, Attayampatti, Vennandur, Komarapalayam Pallipalayam, Magudanchavadi, Rasipuram, and Ellampillai. Salem is 5th largest city in Tamil Nadu state. It is known for export of cotton products. Coimbatore-Erode-Salem stretch was well known for Industries and Textile processing and it is announced as Coimbatore-Salem Industrial Corridor.
Salem -The Land of SagoSago industries produce sago foods and starch. The entire district cultivates tapioca, a raw material for the sago industries. Tapioca processing units are also based in and around Salem. In the year 1981, Salem Starch and Sago Manufacturers Service Industrial Co-operative Society Ltd (SAGOSERVE) was established for promoting growth of sago industry. It is a leader as far as production of tapioca is concerned. It also tops the list as Sandal wood repository of Tamil Nadu.
The steel plant produces cold rolled stainless steel, Hot rolled stainless steel/carbon steel, authentic, ferritic, martensitic and low-nickel stainless steel in the form of coils and sheets. Another steel plant is Southern Iron and Steel Company Ltd. which is a joint venture with JSW Steel and is the first integrated steel plant of India. It is based near Salem and produces TMT corrosion resistant bars/alloy steel. There are industries such as The Madras Aluminum Company Ltd (MALCO) - which has a state-of-the-art coal-based Captive Power Plant.
Tourism Destination - SalemSalem is surrounded by hills and hillocks. Its vibrant culture and fascinating tourist spots attract large number of tourists. Shevaroy, Kalrayan and Yercaud hills are very famous. Other sightseeing places in Salem include Mettur Dam, Yercaud hill station, Hogenakkal falls and Kolli Hills. Medical tourism is also picking up in Salem with Healthcare Hospitals equipped with modern medical facilities built here.
Bangalore is 3 hours drive from Salem! Salem is well connected via rail, air and road. Expressways passing through Salem are NH-7 Bangalore, NH-47 Coimbatore and NH-68 Ulundurpet.You can even visit places in Nammakal and Dharmapuri districts which are nearby. Click here for tourism in Salem
Wonder City - SalemThere are many, many gold ancillary and Silver ancillary units in Salem. Kolusu - ornament worn by women on the foot, is largely produced in Salem. Namakkal in Salem district leads in container manufacturing and also in poultry products. The Leigh Bazaar market in Salem is the biggest regional market for Agro products.
Now you must be convinced that Salem is indeed a wonder city or as the title suggests 'a multifaceted city' in its own right. For those who are living in Salem, it must be a proud feeling!