ANDHRA PRADESH

Pharma City-displaced will get jobs: YSR

VISAKHAPATNAM, SEPT. 25. The Chief Minister, Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, has granted two important boons---water at reasonable price for the public and the industries through the Godavari project and a job for each of the displaced families under the Pharma City.

Biggest of its kind

Addressing a public meeting after formally inaugurating the Visakhapatnam Industrial Water Supply Project (VIWSCO) and simultaneously laying the foundation-stone for the Pharma City at Parawada, 60 km. from here, on Saturday, he said that the Rs.445 crore VIWSCO scheme through private and public participation was the biggest of its kind in the country catering to the industrial water needs.

``Through this, 10 tmcft of water will be given for the expansion programme of Visakhapatnam Steel Plant and drinking water needs of Visakhapatnam city. Another 15 tmcft will be supplied for new industries through the Polavaram project,'' he said.

In this context, Dr. Reddy gave the assurance that water would be supplied at a cheap rate "for the next some years'' and appealed to VIWSCO to make efforts towards this direction.

As for the Jawaharlal Nehru Pharma City to be developed at a cost of Rs. 182 crores, the Chief Minister assured the gathering, which included a large number of DPs under the project, that it would be the endeavour of the Government to provide a job to each of the DP families.

Training institute

``All of them, those farmers who owned two or three acres of land and those who did not have any and lived in huts and the poor, should get jobs in the Pharma City. The pharmaceutical units may employ technical personnel from outside but I am sure 80 to 90 per cent of the entire work could be handled by local persons. I suggest the setting up of a training institute for imparting the necessary training to the local people to work in the industries,'' he said.

Though there were apprehensions that it would take two years for the units to be ready in the Pharma City, Dr. Reddy hoped that it would start functioning within one year and provide employment to the youth and every DP family.

A coastal corridor from Kakinada to Visakhapatnam was being developed, with more highways to link up with the National Highway No.5. The corridor would be further extended to Srikakulam and Machilapatnam on either direction. Gas production would begin in Kakinada in the next three years and new industries could come up as a consequence.

``Visakhapatnam is next only to Hyderabad on the information technology front. There are lots of jobs through Business Process Outsourcing (BPO). We will spare no efforts to create employment opportunities for the youth. For this they should also learn some English. There is scope for tremendous development here,'' he said.

The Bulk Drug Manufacturers Association president, Parthasarathy Reddy, presented a memento to the Chief Minister on the occasion.

The Ministers--Botsa Satyanarayana (Heavy Industries), Konathala Ramakrishna (Commercial Taxes) and Jakkampudi Ramamohana Rao (Roads and Buildings), the TTD Chairman, T. Subbarami Reddy, and legislators from the district were present. The Paravada MLA, Gandi Babji, welcomed the gathering.

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