The software park at Madurai would be set up at on a 10 lakh square feet area and the preliminary works for it were in progress, Chief Minister M Karunanidhi on Tuesday told the State assembly.
Replying to CPI-M member N Nanmaran during question hour, he said the works for setting up the second TIDEL park at Chennai had began.
He said nine MoUs for setting up industries had been signed for a total investment of Rs 8,845 crore, adding this would provide direct employment opportunities for 57,210 persons and indirect job opportunities for 64,330 persons.
He said those who had signed the MoUs had accepted the State government's request for giving preference to local people in employment.
He ruled out setting up of software parks at Tiruvarur due to lack of sufficient infrastructure in Chennai.