Staff Reporter

Development of Machilipatnam port to be accorded top priority

Five thrust areas identifiedBidders for Machilipatnam port short-listedApparel park to be set up in 1,000 acres

VIJAYAWADA: Bringing New Year cheer, District Collector Navin Mittal on Saturday unveiled a rich package to make a quantum leap in industrial development in Krishna district. Development of Machilipatnam port would be top priority. In addition to this, five thrust areas were identified - apparel and textiles, IT, food processing, wood pulp and pharma industry.

The announcements, which were made at an annual get-together, the Collector had with the press persons at his Camp Office here, would be music to the ears of local industry captains.

Mr. Mittal said that nine to 10 companies, including Reliance, had bid for Machilipatnam Port and the bidders had been short-listed. The district administration would organise a tour to representatives of the bidders on January 5 to provide them a glimpse of infrastructure and other facilities in the port town and other parts of the district. Over 6,000 acres of Government land was available in and around Machilipatnam for leveraging the port and the administration was already in possession of 400 acres.

Focussing on five specific areas, the Collector said that an apparel export park would be set up in 1,000 acres. He did not name the exact location, but said that it would be within a radius of 25 km from the city. The process of identifying land has commenced and 200 acres were already acquired. The Government had asked for acquiring the land for developing the park to reap the benefits of booming apparel and textile sector in the country.

Jail complex

Mr. Mittal said that the Government had cancelled the allotment of land near Gannavaram airport for constructing a jail complex. The land spread over 80 to 100 acres would be used for setting up of an IT park. The plea for giving the land for veterinary college there was also rejected. "The Government has decided to use this land for development of IT," Mr. Mittal said.

Food park

The Collector said that a food park would be set up to boost the food processing industries in Nuzvid, Gampalagudem and Tiruvur areas. About 100 acres was already available and the administration was trying to identify more land.

Similarly, cultivation of "subabul" plantations in large numbers in Jaggayyapet area created huge potential for developing paper industry. A paperboard would be set up there. Another project, Mini Pharma Park, was also on the anvil to give an impetus to pharmaceutical industry. If 35 units were shifted out of the city, this would not only address the environmental concerns but also would enable them to go for expansion and undertake bigger operations. Land at Veerapanenigudem was being considered for this.