Chief Minister makes passionate plea at the Southern Zonal Council meeting in Bangalore

Welcoming the Centre’s proposal to develop a Peninsular Regional Industrial Development (PRIDe) corridor along Chennai-Bangalore highway, Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy has sought the extension of the project to AP by including the Naidupet-Bangalore route connecting Tirupati, Pileru, Mandanapalli and Kolar.

Making a passionate plea for this benefit to the State while speaking at the Southern Zonal Council meeting in Bangalore on Friday, Mr. Reddy regretted that PRIDe, in its present form, bypassed AP although it was in the peninsula. Under PRIDe which was being funded by Japan International Cooperation Agency, Krishnapatnam port could be developed under its Phase II to decongest the corridor.

He said only a Chennai-Andhra-Bangalore corridor could unleash economic potential of the region and ensure world class infrastructure, economic development and employment generation. He appealed to Tamil Nadu and Karnataka to extend cooperation for extension of the project to AP for mutual benefit.

The Chief Minister urged Karnataka to extend the coverage of its Golden Chariot luxury train to Tirupati-Hyderabad circuit connecting Tirumala, Tiruchanur, Srikalahasti, Kanipakam besides Hyderabad. The AP government would ensure darshans at temples by tourists and trips within Hyderabad.

Mr. Reddy pleaded for allocation of the funds by the Centre “as demanded’ by States based on the performance and utilisation of funds for rural development. He welcomed the proposal for introducing a “flex fund’ scheme for States. States must also be given freedom to design schemes as per the local needs.

The guidelines for “Flexi Fund’ scheme should be finalised at once.

Smuggling of red sanders

He sought a Central legislation to end the rampant smuggling in red-sanders which was finding its way to China and other destinations with Chennai port serving as the conduit.

At the same time, he sought Central clearance for export of red sanders through bidding process.

He said AP was losing revenue due to transportation of goods between Puducherry and its enclave in AP, Yanam, and wanted steps to contain the tax evasion.


  • Karnataka urged to extend coverage of Golden Chariot luxury train to Tirupati-Hyderabad circuit

  • Chief Minister welcomes the proposal for introducing a “flex fund’ scheme for States