Special Correspondent

VIJAYAWADA: Industrial entrepreneurs have been asked to optimise the requirement of land like in Japan.

Krishna District Collector Peeyush Kumar, delivering the keynote address to the annual day public meeting of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) Vijayawada zone, said on Wednesday that the days of the Government giving large tracts of land to promote industries were over.

In Krishna district the land was particularly scarce for industrial purposes because of its high fertility. Some farmers were raising three crops a year on these lands.

The Government and the district administration could, however, play the role of “facilitators” between industrialists and farmers to work out a model for utilisation of land for industrial development or for creating a land pool for future needs.

With regard to availability of required infrastructure, Mr. Peeyush Kumar said that several things were in the offing. Vijayawada was very centrally located with good road and rail connectivity. The GMR would take up widening of NH-9 from Nandigama to Ramoji Film City on the outskirts of Hyderabad and the work was likely to begin on February 19.

He said that the Central government was ready to release the funds required for the development of Gannavaram airport, but an additional 300 acres was required for developing facilities required to handle more passengers. The session was held on the theme “Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) – Journey towards excellence”.

Mitra group representative Venugopal asked what was being done to rope in big industrial groups to invest in the district. Vijayawada Hoteliers Association president Pattabhi said that the hoteliers were finding it difficult to get land in and around the city. CII Andhra Pradesh chairman Y. Harish Chandra Prasad said that some of the best scientists and engineers hail from Krishna district, but the growth rate of industries here was below the State average. Katragadda Raghunatha Rao, a physician based in the United States and MD of Azimuth Solar, made a power-point presentation on the huge potential of solar energy and power derived from hydrogen.