ANDHRA PRADESH

Pollution control promised in Pharma City

VISAKHAPATNAM, AUG. 21. There will be no compromise on ensuring that the units proposed to be located in the Pharma City project in Parawada mandal complied with pollution control norms, the Minister for Commercial Taxes, Konathala Ramakrishna, said here on Saturday.

Addressing a media conference, he said a report on the mandatory public hearing on the impact of pollution from the project would be submitted to the Andhra Pradesh Pollution Control Board for clearance.

Rehabilitation

Asked whether it was not against the guidelines of the Union Ministry for Environment to hold a public hearing for the entire project instead of for individual units, Mr. Ramakrishna said, "The Government is committed to ensuring protection against pollution. The lessons learnt from the Pattancheru pharmaceutical complex in Hyderabad will be implemented in the Pharma City."

He said a rehabilitation package was being prepared for the 524 families whose land had been acquired for the project.

The District Collector, Praveen Prakash, said the public hearing held on Saturday was related to rehabilitation and technical components. The Vice-Chairman and Managing Director of the Andhra Pradesh Industrial Infrastructure Corporation, L. Subrahmanyam, said, "APIIC is committed to developing Visakhapatnam industrially. The Pharma City project was conceived by APIIC and the AP Bulk Drug Manufacturers Association. The Ramky Group has been granted the letter of intent to executive the project on a build-own-operate basis."

The Managing Director of Ramky Pharma City (India) Limited, K. S. M. Rao, said the project at current rates would cost Rs. 276.36 crores, including Rs. 57.76 crores for land and Rs. 182.15 crores for infrastructure development. Its estimated cost at the stage of completion was Rs. 292.49 crores.

Price of plots

Mr. Rao said the plots would be sold at Rs. 22.5 lakhs per acre up to five acres, Rs. 21.15 lakhs per acre between six and 20 acres, and Rs. 19.8 lakhs per acre between 21 and 40 acres.