Andhra Pradesh

MIC: Japan, Singapore keen on preparing master plan

MACHILIPATNAM: Japan and Singapore too have expressed their eagerness to prepare the master plan for the proposed Machilipatnam Industrial Corridor (MIC) and deep sea port.

Till date, only the Chinese consortium, Guizhou International Investment Corporation (GIIC), has completed the field study on feasibility of the project.

The State government has so far not signed any agreement with any consultancy firm of any country for preparing the master plan for the proposed 30,000-acre MIC.

“China has already expressed its interest in preparing the master plan. Experts in the field of water, road, communication and town planning have studied the area proposed to develop under the industrial corridor. Japan and Singapore are now keen on offering their expertise,” Excise Minister K. Ravindra told The Hindu.

“We are not in favour of any country. We will invite tenders from all the interested countries and the best will be assigned the task,” Mr. Ravindra said.

The Minister said that a separate wing of the Machilipatnam Area Development Authority (MADA) would soon be set up to speed up the process.

Finding a solution to contain the effects of cyclones would be a major aspect in preparing the master plan. The port town is the worst-hit as it is prone to cyclones. It will be a major concern for industries that would come up in the proposed corridor.

According to engineering experts, the corridor needs a robust master plan that is on par with the one for Amaravati, given the extent of area, coastline and extreme climatic conditions.

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