Andhra Pradesh

Naidu unveils grandiose plans for all districts

While announcing that the Capital would be located ‘around Vijayawada’, Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu ensured that the expectations on development of other parts of the State are not belied by promising major projects for each one of the 13 districts.

On top of his agenda was transformation of Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam and Tirupati into ‘mega cities’ and development of 14 ‘smart cities’.

He laid due emphasis on giving the string of seaports right from the long-pending one at Bhavanapadu in Srikakulam district to Dugarajapatnam in Nellore district a tangible shape in three to four years.

The other two most significant infrastructure projects are the National Investment and Manufacturing Zones in Prakasam and Chittoor districts (at Kanigiri and Yerpedu respectively). An Aircraft Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul Centre at Puttaparti in Anantapur district is the other big thing on the horizon.

Regarding the various programmes and projects planned in the districts, completion of irrigation projects on Vamsadhara and Nagavali rivers, development of an industrial corridor (at Pydibhimavaram) and an electronics and hardware park were envisaged in Srikakulam district.

Vizianagaram district was promised a medical college, a tribal university and completion of the Thotapalli reservoir among others.

Visakhapatnam city is targeted to be developed as a ‘mega IT hub’ in addition to being given Indian Institutes of Management and Foreign Trade and an LNG terminal at Gangavaram. Petroleum University, a shipping building centre near Tuni and an LNG terminal at Kakinada are the industries and institutions lined up for East Godavari district.

In West Godavari district, the focus was on coal mining at Chintalapudi, Polavaram project and various agro-industries, particularly oil palm and coconut-based products in addition to a National Institute of Fashion Technology.

A crude oil refinery at Machilipatnam, automobile and logistics hub (Vijayawada city), expansion of Bharat Electronics Limited at Machilipatnam and a ‘missile park’ at Avanigadda are the most important projects visualised for Krishna district.

Guntur district will have an All India Institute of Medical Sciences and National Disaster Management Authority office among other facilities.

Prakasam district will get a National Investment and Manufacturing Zone at Kanigiri and University of Mines and Mineral Sciences and Veligonda project (first phase) was targeted for completion in a year.

An automobile hub was planned for Nellore district.

An Indian Institute of Science Education and Research in Chittoor district, a steel plant in Kadapa district, Central University at Anantapur, completion of Handri-Neeva project in Anantapur, a Nuclear Fuel Complex, cement manufacturing hub at Koilkuntla, IIIT and a railway wagon manufacturing unit in Kurnool district are the other highlights of the Chief Minister’s speech which ended the suspense that pervaded the political and public spheres ever since the Sivaramakrishnan Committee submitted its report last week.

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