Andhra Pradesh

Andhra Pradesh govt. negotiating with aircraft MRO companies to set up facilities at Orvakal airport

V. RaghavendraJanuary 19, 2022 17:09 IST
Updated: January 19, 2022 17:09 IST

Facility at Orvakal would help in improving the infrastructure profile of the backward Rayalaseema region: Minister

As part of its action plan for the logistics sector, the Andhra Pradesh (AP) government is negotiating with some aircraft Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul companies (MRO) to set up facilities at the Orvakal airport in Kurnool district. It will give a much-needed fillip to this greenfield airport, which is one of the 21 airports in the country being developed as part of the Ministry of Civil Aviation’s Regional Connectivity Scheme (UDAN), said Minister for Industries and Commerce Mekapati Goutham Reddy.

Speaking to The Hindu , Mr. Goutham Reddy said the MRO facility at Orvakal would help in improving the infrastructure profile of the backward Rayalaseema region, although it might take some time to materialize. The location of this fledgling airport in Kurnool - Bangalore industrial corridor is its biggest advantage, Mr. Goutham Reddy observed.

Meanwhile, the government is focusing on the establishment of port-based industries in the KRIS City (Krishnapatnam) with the support of the National Industrial Corridor Development and Implementation Trust (NICDIT). Infrastructure creation began in 2,500 acres in the first phase, whereas the APIIC has a total land bank of 12,000 acres. An Industrial Area Local Authority (IALA) - type of administrative body would be set up eventually.


MSME event

The government has lined up a big conference of Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSME) at Rajahmundry tentatively on February 4 to showcase the investment opportunities for MSME in the predominantly agrarian East and West Godavari districts. Focus will be on attracting agro-based industries in this fertile region.

To provide better hand-holding to the MSME, renewed thrust has been laid on streamlining the functioning of the Andhra Pradesh MSME Facilitation Council which settled 37 out of 146 cases in 2021. Dedicated to supporting the MSME, the Facilitation Council was created under the MSME Development Act of 2006.