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CM urges industrialists to help develop AP

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Stating that infrastructure development was a prerequisite for industrial growth, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu said his government had evolved the mission mode to promote industries to accelerate economic progress.

Tirupati: Stating that infrastructure development was a prerequisite for industrial growth, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu said his government had evolved the mission mode to promote industries to accelerate economic progress.

Speaking at the CII-organised `Suminfra’ (Building Sustainable Smart Infrastructure) meet here on Thursday, Chandrababu Naidu said as part of its initiatives for industrial growth, the government would promote `industrial townships in all the districts on the lines of such one in Krishnapatnam (Nellore district).

He said that Tirupati would be developed as a smart city-cum-industrial hub on a priority basis. Addressing the foreign investors who are interested in investing in Andhra Pradesh, Naidu said the government had taken several initiatives in providing the required facilities for them to set up more units.

In this connection, he said that plans would be chalked out to develop three mega cities, 13 smart cities and three international airports at Vizag, Vijayawada and Tirupati and called upon the industrialists to involve themselves in the mammoth task of realising his dream of `Smart Andhra Pradesh’. “Not just smart cities but my vision is to make smart towns and smart villages, thus making a smart State, by taking smart decisions, using smart technology and with the help of smart manpower,” he averred.

He said that major firms like GAIL were roped in to improve connectivity, adding that a 1500 km-long beach road from Ichhapuram to Tada was on the cards to ensure connectivity between the ports and other towns. Plans were afoot to revive the Buckingham canal between Pudicherry to Kakinada and extend it up to Srikakulam if needed to improve waterways for transport, besides focusing on village connectivity, he said. “A separate website will be developed to include the details of all the villages as a first step ahead of providing full-pledged facilities including latest facilities like internet and infrastructure’’ he explained.

CII AP Vice-chairman Ramachandra Galla mooted PPP mode to improve port connectivity which in turn would help industries to improve marketing facilities. He stressed on creating awareness on the much useful PPP mode. He said that industrialisation benefits were not confined to urban areas alone but villages too, helping rural youth to get employment.

Galla also emphasised on harnessing solar energy to ease pressure on the conventional source of energies. GAIL chairman VC Tirpathi, CII AP chairman Suresh Chittoori, KPMG Advisory service partner R Narayanan and others were present.

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