Orvakal Airport to be ready by June next year

Orvakal Airport to be ready by June next year

THE HANS INDIA |   Sep 14,2017 , 12:52 AM IST

N Chandrababu Naidu
N Chandrababu Naidu
N Chandrababu Naidu

Amaravati: Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu reviewed the progress on the infrastructure of the State at the Secretariat on Tuesday.The officials informed the Chief Minister that 12 waste-to-energy plants with a total capacity of 70 MW have been commissioned. 

Tenders for the natural gas pipeline from Kakinada to Visakhapatnam for 180 km were received from 4 qualified bidders. Orders for supply of other major items, land permissions and permissions from R&B are in progress. The laying of the pipeline will commence next month and will be completed by December 2018.  

Highlights:

  • CM holds review on progress of infrastructure projects   
  • AP Fiber Grid project to be made fully operational by next month
  •  Ports in the State witness a growth of 8 per cent
In case of airports, the State has shown an overall growth of 16%, when compared to last year. It had 15.05 lakh passengers in April – August 2016 and has already recorded 17.42 lakh passengers this year. 

From October, non-stop Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS) flights will commence from Visakhapatnam to Jagdalpur and from Kadapa to Vijayawada.

As Zoom Air has proposed operations on Delhi – Pune – Vijayawada – Mumbai – Vijayawada – Pune – Surat – Delhi from this October, the government is currently pursuing the slot at Mumbai airport for Zoom Air and SpiceJet.

The Chief Minister told the officials that high air connectivity also results in significant economic growth.Under RCS, Kadapa is connected to Hyderabad and will be connected to Vijayawada (by TruJet) and Chennai (by TruJet and Air Odisha) from this October. Also, Visakhapatnam will be connected to Jagdalpur by Air Odisha.

International operations are now in pending at Tirupati and Vijayawada though the Customs and Immigrations have been approved. The airlines companies need to take their decisions on commencing operations. 

Orvakal Airport Project is expected to be completed by June 2018. The Chief Minister said the airport near Anantapur will improve connectivity to Amaravati and Bangalore.  Besides, ports in the State have witnessed an overall growth of 8%.
Officials told the Chief Minister that AP Fiber would be fully operational in October. Around 51,810 IPTV boxes have been received so far. In all, 1 lakh boxes would be received by the end of this month and 9.4 lakh boxes by March 2018. 

The Chief Minister also reviewed the progress on the Logistics and Energy Universities in Kakinada and Anantapur respectively.

Meanwhile, SpaceAce Architects, planners and designers presented their proposal for Science City in Tirupati. There will be seven museums in the designs representing the seven hills.  

The seven museums are Museum of Arts & Science, Museum of Air, Space & Defence, Children’s Museum, Media Museum, Museum of Transport, Museum of Human Evolution & Anthropology and Indoor Rainforest and Museum of Biodiversity.

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