It’s more than a month since the Union Finance Minister had announced a second major public sector port for Andhra Pradesh in the Union Budget 2013-14.
But the State government is still clueless where the proposed project will be located. Considering that Ramayapatnam in Prakasam, one of the three proposed sites was found suitable by the technical teams deputed by the Centre, the delay in announcing the location was raising eyebrows.
The other two surveyed locations are Nakkapalli in Visakhapatnam and Duggirajupeta in Nellore.
When last heard, a detailed note on Ramayapatnam proposal was to be circulated in the Union Cabinet meeting. But it was kept in abeyance following hectic lobbying by MPs from the State led by Tirupati MP Chinta Mohan to consider Duggirajupeta, sources said .
Lack of unity
With the ruling party leaders from different regions failing to speak in one voice keeping the overall benefit to the State in view, important projects that can turn around the economy of the State were ending up on the backburner, rued senior officials.
In contrast, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu did better in getting projects and funds as rival political parties’ in those States displayed better acumen in not going against their States’ interests, they noted.
A notion was gaining ground that the proposals forwarded to the Central departments were not final with leaders of different regions pursuing their local political interests, said an official. Thus the officials take their own time in clearing proposals and instances like Ramayapatnam only strengthen such impressions, he quipped.
The State failed to get national project status for Polavaram project due a lack of strategy and the issue has been pending over the last six years though it secured several statutory clearances.
By clubbing it with Pranahita-Chevella lift irrigation project, Polavaram project suffered a road block even as 3,000 tmcft of Godavari water flowed into the sea annually.
Pranahita would still be eligible for more than 50 per cent of funds as it was included under Prime Minister’s package.
The fate of second major public sector port for State hangs in balance following lobbying by ruling party leaders to locate the project in their respective regions