Andhra Pradesh

Govt. may act tough on industrial projects remaining non-starters

MoUs for 1,338 projects were signed in the summits with a total committed investment of ₹12.51 lakh crore.

MoUs for 1,338 projects were signed in the summits with a total committed investment of ₹12.51 lakh crore.  

59 projects, for which MoUs were signed during Partnership Summits, have not taken shape yet

While drafting the new industrial policy, the State government is taking a critical view of a few mega projects that have not made reasonable progress, and for which MoUs were signed during the three CII-Partnership Summits organised in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

According to official sources, a total of 59 projects, with a committed investment of approximately ₹1,53,400 crore, have not taken a tangible shape yet, and 131 units, with investments of about ₹1,48,480 crore, are delayed, or have made very little progress.

MoUs for 1,338 projects were signed in the summits with a total committed investment of ₹12.51 lakh crore.

GOs to be cancelled

Besides, the government has decided to cancel the GOs related to the incentives given for units that have not taken off or at least achieved the desired progress after the State Investment Promotion Board (SIPB) cleared their investments between June 2014 and March 2019.

Of the 91 mega projects that the SIPB had sanctioned, only 22, with a total investment of ₹9,681 crore, have actually started operations.

The government’s intention is to cancel the relevant GOs if the projects fail to make rapid progress by resolving issues pertaining to land or grant of various permissions. The remaining projects are in various stages of development, or are delayed or dropped.

The projects cleared by the SIPB had committed to invest ₹1,70,036 crore and provide jobs to just 2.04 lakh people. East Godavari, Visakhapatnam, Anantapur, Chittoor and Kurnool districts accounted for a major share (₹1,50,531 crore) of that investment. If the government reaches the conclusion that these projects are not in a position to revive, it may cancel the GOs, which will land the whole projects in jeopardy as they will cease to receive various concessions.

Thrust on MSMEs

The government is also concentrating on promoting the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), particularly the stressed ones. It plans to make policy interventions and activate the MSME Development Corporation, which was set up by the TDP government.

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