‘Centre approves six-lane express highway from Gangavaram Port to Kakinada Port’
The master plan for the Visakhapatnam-Kakinada Petroleum, Chemical and Petrochemical Investment Region (VK-PCPIR) has been finalised and will be announced very soon, according to Jayesh Ranjan, Vice-Chairman and Managing Director of the Andhra Pradesh Industrial Infrastructure Corporation (APIIC).
Addressing the Special Development Authority (SDA) meeting of the VK-PCPIR, Mr. Ranjan, also the chairman of the SDA, said that the proposal for the six-lane express highway from Gangavaram Port to Kakinada Port had been finalised, having a length of 138 km and width of 75 meters. After studying the prospects of attracting international investments in the region between Kakinada and Visakhapatnam, where the oil and natural gas reserves were abundant, the Government of India approved the plan for the PCPIR, he said.
“The State government has established the SDA for the development of VK-PCPIR in an extent of 640 square kilometres spreading in 97 villages of 10 mandals in East Godavari and Visakhapatnam districts. This public-private partnership project is expected to generate employment to over 12 lakh youngsters,” he said.
Mr. Ranjan said that industries like the HPCL and GAIL had come forward to establish their units in the Special Economic Zone developed at Atchutapuram of Visakhapatnam district, whereas industries of international stature were envisaging interest in establishing their units in Kakinada. “The express highway project is a part of the VK-PCPIR. This is to ensure basic amenities to the industrial units being established here,” he said, adding, that the public hearing would be conducted very soon on the express highway project.
Referring to the evacuation, Mr. Rajan made it clear that there was no need to evacuate any residents for the express highway project in East Godavari district, as Greenfield mode was proposed for the project. He further said that nine villages of U. Kothapalli mandal, three villages each from Tondangi and Kakinada Rural mandals would come under the project area. Of the total 97 villages in the VK-PCPIR, 55 were fishermen villages and hamlets, and plans were afoot to develop fishing harbours, landing points, jetties and storage points in the villages, to improve the living conditions of the fishermen, Mr. Ranjan explained. “We have proposed establishment of a fishing harbour at Uppada, and development of roads at Uppulanka and Etimoga villages in the plan,” he said.
Collector Neetu Pasad said that the district administration would extend all sorts of support for the land acquisition that was required for the express highway project. Vice-Chairman of the Visakhapatnam Urban Development Authority N. Yuva Raj, and Chief Urban Planner R.J. Vidyullatha were present.
At a glance
Special Development Authority formed to develop VK-PCPIR in an extent of 640 square kilometres
This public-private partnership project is expected to generate employment to over 12 lakh youngsters
There is no need of evacuating any residents for the express highway project in East Godavari district
Plans are afoot to develop fishing harbours, landing points, jetties and storage points in fishermen villages
Industries like HPCL and GAIL come forward to establish their units in the SEZ developed at Atchutapuram