Expressing concern over the inordinate delay in the Machilipatnam port project, the Andhra Chamber of Commerce and Industry shot off a letter to the project developer, Navayuga Engineering Company Ltd, Hyderabad, urging it to start the works on the port in Krishna district as early as possible.

Andhra Chamber president Muthavarapu Muralikrishna said that the Bandar Port project was a long-cherished dream of the people of the district and the region, and the developers should make all efforts to overcome the hurdles in the process to meet the aspirations of the people. He said that they had immense confidence in the company as it had got a good track record in giving a shape many such huge projects in the State.

Mr. Muralikrishna wrote a letter to NECL chairman C. Visweswara Rao, saying that though the Bandar Port project was given to their company nearly two years ago, there was no indication of works beginning till now. “We understand that the construction works on the port at Machilipatnam are yet to be started due to delay in the acquisition of land by the Government. However the people and industrialists in the district are particularly agitated over this delay,” he added. The copies of the letter were distributed to the press here on Thursday.

Deploring that the Krishna district has been given a raw deal in many respects compared to other regions, Mr. Muralikrishna said in the letter that now the people here were having high hopes on the Bandar Port as this project was expected to revive unprecedented industrial development and economic growth in the district and in the region as well. A fully developed sea port was expected to trigger the industrial development in the district, which has got all resources to meet the demand thus arising, he added.

Mr. Muralikrishna requested the NECL chairman to be provided information on the status of the port works, prospects of implementation and the possible date of the beginning of the construction works at the port site. The industrialists and the people were very eager to know about the present stage of port project and information was needed to share with them, he added.

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