Hindupur (Anantapur): The State government is focusing on industrialisation of the district by roping in industrialists for setting up of large, medium and small scale industries. Hindupur is emerging as a large industrial zone with several electronic industries making a bee line. It has close proximity to international airport in Bengaluru and so is being marketed as a cost-effective industrial zone as plenty of land is available at an affordable cost. Many industrialists, who could not secure land for setting up of industries in Bengaluru, are making a bee line to Hindupur area in view of the multiple benefits of affordable land prices and cheap labour availability. Hindupur MLA Nandamuri Balakrishna is evincing keen interest in speedy industrialisation of Hindupur and inviting many industrial promoters personally.
Recently 25 MOUs have been signed with the government by industrialists for setting up of large and medium industries in Hindupur and other places in the district. Of the 25 projects, 18 are in the pipeline and are in various stages of implementation. These projects worth more than Rs 30,000 crore investments. Hindupur is emerging as an electronic hub in view of Bengaluru being the electronics city and in future ancillary industries would be established in close proximity to Bengaluru national highway.
Now the government has come up with the idea of establishing industrial parks in all the Assembly constituencies. Land acquisition is being fast tracked to rope in medium and large industrialists.District Industries Centre general manager G Sudershan Babu told The Hans India that nine industrial estates are being operated in the district and 15 more are now in the pipeline. The new estates are likely to trigger in industrial development and generate employment. So far about 43 major industries had been established with a total capital of Rs 5,314 crore.
An MSME industrialist Arun Kumar promoter of automobile engineering unit in Hindupur speaking to The Hans India expressed the view that the myth of employment generation in large industrial ventures have been exposed and only small and medium industries were able to provide employment to skilled and unskilled rural youth. What the district requires is labour intensive industrial ventures which should be established in mandal headquarters so that local employment can be provided to check migration.
District Collector Kona Sasidhar disclosed that 15 industrial parks with 1000 or more acres for each park are being set up soon in every Assembly constituency. This would boost employment potential, he added. He said that solar and wind energy units are also providing employment for youth locally. As one traverses through Kalyandurg, Uravakonda, Kadiri and Ramagiri regions, one can find giant wind fans dotting the villages. The wind power projects commissioned up to March, 2015 was producing wind energy to the order of 792.94 MW capacity while in the post 2015-16 year another 401.10 MW production had been added.
The wind projects commissioned post 2015 are located at Atmakur, Beluguppa, Honnuru, Kalyandurg, Kudair, Pottipadu, Singanamala, Talaricheruvu, Tallimadugula and Vajrakaruru with a total installed capacity of 401.10 MWs.NREDCP office bustles with activity with promoters of solar and wind energy projects making a bee line for setting new ones. Ramagiri and Thallimadugula are the two locations in the district where wind power projects had been established two decades ago.
As many as 17 companies had established plants with a combined capacity of 100 megawatts of wind power.
NREDCAP district manager Kodandarama Murthy speaking to The Hans India stated that the criterion for setting up of wind energy generation plant is availability of 150 watts of wind density of 50 metres above ground.
Two things mattered for wind power generation, one is uni-directional flow of wind and accessibility to Power Grid. The State government is planning to tap 2,000 megawatts of wind power across the State in different locations by conducting wind monitoring studies. The government had identified 32 locations in the State which are suitable for setting up of wind energy plants out of which 25 locations are in Anantapur. A Central University and Energy University, which are in the offing, are viewed as feathers in the cap of the district apart from the presence of JNTU and SKU universities.