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Andhra Pradesh - Projects And Development

by ranga

  • Centre nod soon for SEZs in AP
    Ganesh S Lakshman [ 21 Mar, 2007 0221hrs ISTTIMES NEWS NETWORK ]

    But the recent annoucements from the PMOs putting all SEZs on hold is causing embarassment to the commerce ministry and sending wrong signals to the overseas investors.This is a fluid situation and the GOI has to clarify its SEZ policy clearing the confusion. Already much damage has been caused owing to this vacillation.
    - ranga, 7 years ago
  • AP power reforms paying off at all distribution levels
    Hyderabad If power consumption in agriculture is restricted at the present levels, two distribution companies out of four in the state can report profits for fiscal 2007-08, says the Andhra Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission (APERC).

    As per the tariff order, the Central Power Distribution Company may report a surplus of Rs 280 crore and the Eastern Power Distribution Company a surplus of Rs 110 crore. The remaining two—Southern and Northern Power Distribution—are expected to report deficits of Rs 422 crore and Rs 626 crore, respectively, an improvement over last year. ‘‘The improved performance at each distribution level is the result of power reforms being implemented since 1999,’’ say industry sources. Though chief minister YS Rajasekhara Reddy insists on a ‘free power’ policy for agriculture, APERC has been showing the way on how this can be implemented, they say.

    For instance, all the four distribution companies have demanded 16,000 million units for agriculture, which is not accepted by the commission. It has restricted agriculture power consumption at 13,398 mu for 2007-08, as last year. Interestingly, APERC had asked the Indian Statistical Institute to study the annual power consumption of agriculture. ‘‘Based on the report, we will revise the tariff order, if required,’’ APERC secretary, S Suryaprakasa Rao, told FE.

    The tariff order has not increased charges for all categories for the period 2007-08. It has clarified that the estimated deficit of Rs 1,845 crore would be met through direct subsidy of Rs 1,047 crore and the remai-ning through cross-subsidy. The distribution system has substantially strengthened since the reform process began. While metered billing was just about Rs 5,000 crore during 1999, it grew to Rs 10,500 crore by 2006. Power consumption, too, increased marginally from 44,000 mu to 54,000 mu. This signifies that the reforms have paid and can further continue. However, Andhra is still reluctant to privatise distribution, fearing a public outcry. Besides, it is not in a mood to loosen its grip on the energy sector.

    The state had gone for power reforms in 1999 with support from World Bank. Accordingly, it had unbundled the electricity board into generation, transmission and distribution companies. After strengthening generation and transmission, it had proposed to privatise distribution.

    The Union energy ministry has initiated a 'carrot and stick' method to make the state push reforms. Sources said the ministry had asked AP to privatise distribution at least in urban areas, only then would it get mega project status for the proposed 1,600 mw APGenco plant at Krishnapatnam.
    URL: http://www.financialexpress.com/fe_full_story.php?content_id=158989

    However the performance of the power companies have declined after the introduction of free power to agriculture which is not monitored properly.The results for the year 2006-07 should be watched in the light of demand supply mismatch,purchasing power from other states at as high as Rs5/- to Rs 6/- per unit and increasing consumption by the agriculture sector. this will tell upon the power sector and also burden the state govt with additional subsidy.
    - ranga, 7 years ago
  • officially, SEZs are on freeze. but UPA ruled states like AP and TN are getting it done with their respective power brokers in New Delhi......don't know about non-UPA states.
    - pding, 7 years ago
  • APSRTC makes profit after 10 years (http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/2007/03/29/stories/2007032903021100.htm)


    Putting behind a 10-year rough phase, the Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation has registered a profit of Rs 79 crore up to February this financial year.

    "Compare this against a loss of Rs 200 crore last year," Mr V. Dinesh Reddy, Vice-Chairman and Managing Director of the Corporation, said.

    During the year, the Corporation transported 1.25 crore passengers a day as against 1.16 crore last year, as the occupancy rate went up to 68 per cent as against 65 per cent last year.

    Addressing a press conference here on Wednesday, Mr Reddy said it was for the first time in 10 years that the Corporation registered profits. "We could achieve profits notwithstanding the Rs 170-crore burden in the form of wage hike and increase in the cost of operations," he said.

    Attributing the achievement to efficiency and better utilisation of resources, he thanked the Government for reducing vehicles taxes and reimbursement of concessions given by it.
    - cbeboy, 7 years ago
  • finally, this PSU laggard sees some silver lining......hope it continues to build on it.
    - pding, 7 years ago
  • Rajahmundry may lose Nannaya university
    Thursday March 29 2007 12:41 IST
    RAJAHMUNDRY: Continuation of Adi Kavi Nannaya University in Rajahmundry has come under a cloud with the Government unable to provide the required land for it in the city.

    There is a possibility of the AKNU being shifted to some other place in East or West Godavari district shortly, it is learnt.

    The Government identified nearly 300 acres of land for the AKNU, at Velugubanda in Rajanagaram Mandal near Rajahmundry. However, the land owners rejected the amount offered as compensation and demanded a higher amount. Further, 31 land owners have moved the High Court. As a result the land acquisition process has come to a standstill.

    The State Government has also released Rs 20 crore for land acquisition to speed up the process. However, the AKNU is unable to take up construction of buildings. At present, the varsity is running its administrative office in a rented building and is conducting classes for its six post graduate courses in the Government College (Autonomous) with 180 students in the first batch.

    Elite from the twin districts have offered to give the necessary land for the university and are demanding that the University be shifted from Rajahmundry. Under the circumstances, the Government as well as the varsity authorities are rethinking on the location of the AKNU in Rajahmundry.

    The land issue has become a serious issue as the Government has denied the university�s request for affiliation of the courses to be offered in 2007-08.

    The students, parents and the staff of various colleges in East and West Godavari districts are finding fault with the Government for not taking steps to identify alternative land.

    Roads and Buildings Minister Jakkampudi Rammohan Rao in a recent press meet clarified that though the land acquisition was pending in the court, there was no question of shifting the Adi Kavi Nannaya University from Rajahmundry.
    - Babji, 7 years ago
  • Yet, another discovery in the "Persian Gulf" of India.
    The net worth of the gas discoveries made in KG Basin in the past 4 years is more than 5 lakh crores (approx. $120bn).


    ONGC discovers natural gas reserves in Krishna Godavari basin (http://www.hindu.com/thehindu/holnus/002200703061512.htm)


    State-run Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC) has discovered natural gas reserves in Krishna Godavari basin off the Andhra Coast, Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dinsha Patel said today.

    "Exploratory efforts by ONGC have led to the discovery of gas in the ultra-deep waters of KG-DWN-98/2 block in KG offshore," he said in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha here.

    He, however, said the quantum of gas has not been ascertained so far.

    "Commercial production (will) depend on commerciality of discovery," he said.

    ONGC has, however, stated that it has found 2.09 to 6.73 Trillion cubic feet (Tcf) of initial in-place volumes in northern structure and 2.61 to 8.03 Tcf in the southern structure identified through the UD-1 well in Block KG-DWN-98/2. The total in place volumes for both the culminations have been estimated between 2.09-14.76 Tcf.
    The state-run firm holds 90 per cent interest in the block while the remaining 10 per cent is with Cairn India.

    To another question, Patel said ONGC accounted for 75.8 per cent of country's crude oil production in 2005-06. "Crude oil production of ONGC during 2005-06 was 24.404 million tons against a target of 26.61 million tonnes, while the country's total production was 32.191 million tonnes."

    In 2006-07, ONGC's share of crude oil production is likely to be 77.7 per cent of total production in the country. "Crude oil production of ONGC in 2006-07 till December 2006 was 19.495 million tonnes (76.5 pr cent of total production of 25.48 million tonnes) as against target of 20.239 million tonnes," he said.
    - Luckystreak, 7 years ago
  • Container terminal on anvil

    Nellore, March 30: The Andhra Pradesh Industrial Infrastructure Corporation (APIIC) is gearing to set up a container terminal besides a desalination plant with a capacity of 100 million litres a day (MLD) near Krishnapatnam port on a war-footing in a bid to attract industries to the region.

    Officials concerned strongly believe that the container terminal will certainly attract several port- based heavy industries to the area since it would greatly reduce their transport costs. Officials are keen to execute the works related to the container terminal as early as possible to dissuade authorities in Tamil Nadu, who have plans to set up similar terminals at Ennore port, near Chennai.

    The Tamil Nadu officials will automatically drop the plan once this terminal becomes functional because it is not far away from Chennai, a senior official said. With respect to the desalination plant, it became necessary in view of the large- scale requirement of water for the proposed industries and absence of permanent water resources in the area. "We have enough land, power, rail and road links and the only shortcoming is water," said district collector M. Ravichandra, pointing to the reasons to opt for the desalination plant.

    In fact, setting up of an international leather park, which would have been functional by now, is being delayed only because of the water problem. The park needs 15 MLD water which is not available as of now. The proposed plant can address the needs of other industries such as power projects coming up in the area, according to the collector.

    Meanwhile, officials have identified nearly 3,000 acres of wasteland in the vicinity of the port for acquisition for setting up of industries. In order to avoid any criticism in the future, they have directed revenue officials to videograph the entire extent of land as proof that it is uncultivable.
    - Babji, 6 years ago
  • Yet, another discovery in the "Persian Gulf" of India.
    The net worth of the gas discoveries made in KG Basin in the past 4 years is more than 5 lakh crores (approx. $120bn).


    ONGC discovers natural gas reserves in Krishna Godavari basin (http://www.hindu.com/thehindu/holnus/002200703061512.htm)



    i am sure there are more findings ahead. seriously, ONGC, Reliance, and others should go full scale in exploring every nook and corner of this area. this is turning into a gold mine of huge proportions!!!:banana: :banana:
    - pding, 6 years ago
  • MoU signed on Warangal, Kadapa airports development
    Saturday March 31 2007 11:41 IST Rediff
    HYDERABAD: The State Government and the Airports Authority of India (AAI) on Friday signed a memorandum of understanding for developing the existing airports at Kadapa and Warangal.

    The MoU was signed by the AAI chairman K Ramalingam and prinicpal secretary (infrastructure & investment) KV Rao in the presence of chief minister YS Rajasekhara Reddy and Minister for IT&C P Sabitha Indra Reddy.

    The state government will hand over the required land for the development of Kadapa and Warangal airports. The AAI would bear the capital expenditure on the development, operation and maintenance of both the airports.
    - Babji, 6 years ago
  • why not bring in some private investment in tier II airports too??? like say, AAI has 60% stake and the rest 40% is of some company. and also, they need to privatise the operations and maintenance parts of Airport Management. this is the key area which makes an airport a good one. this is how passengers and customers decide the standards of an airport. so, i suggest these critical aspects of Airports should be privatised, and def some private investment should be brought in.
    - pding, 6 years ago
  • Rumours...
    R&B to develop 4 Highways @ Rs 1332 Crore in EG Dt.
    Kakinada - Samalkot - Dwarapudi - Kadium - Rajahmundry Rs 549 Cr 61.6km
    Rajahmindry - Gokavaram - Maredumilli - Bhadrachalam Rs 235 Cr 50km
    Kakinada - Samalikot - Peddapuram - Jaggampet 188 Cr 20,8 km
    Tuni - Kota Nandur - Narsipatnam Rs 363 cr 41 km

    Survey to start in ***** to build 100 feet roads
    - Babji, 6 years ago
  • URL: http://www.thehindu.com/2007/04/03/stories/2007040306440400.htm
    Gilakaladinne chosen for Masula port

    HYDERABAD: The State Government has finally decided to shift the site for development of a modern Machilipatnam port to Gilakaladinne from Gogileru in deference to the sentiments of local people in Krishna district who have been agitating on the issue.

    Announcing the decision at a press conference here on Monday, Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy said the shifting would entail re-designing of the project leading to cost escalation by Rs 200-330 crores, but the Government itself would bear the entire additional burden.

    He said the Government had selected Gilakaladinne, respecting popular sentiment and considering the unanimous resolution adopted by an all-party committee. He said that location of the modern port here would pave way for development of Machilipatnam town. "The modern port will befit the hoary history of Machilipatnam as a port," he added.

    Additional cost : Official sources said the additional cost would go towards construction of a longer breakwater (at least 5 km), deepening of the sea through dredging and provision for a sand-trap, which were all necessary if Gilakaladinne (5 km from Machilipatnam) was to be developed as a "near-shore anchorage port" in preference to Gogileru (37 km). Annual operation/maintenance costs would also go up.

    Dr Reddy said an independent technical committee would be appointed to assess the additional costs. Another committee would then finalise the modalities for signing a "concession agreement" with the developer. He said a consortium, formed with M/s Maytas Infra Pvt Limited--NCC-SREI-SEC had been chosen as the developer through competitive bidding with the project cost estimated over Rs 1,250 crores based on 2001 rates. The original cost, estimated by RITES, however, was Rs 860 crores.

    YSR thanked : Asked if the 6,000 acres of land already acquired at Gogileru would be developed into a Special Economic Zone, the Chief Minister said all such proposals would be examined. B. Ramakrishna, MP, and Perni Venkataramaiah, MLA of Machilipatnam, who were present, thanked the Chief Minister for the gesture for selecting Gilakaladinne for establishing the port.
    - Babji, 6 years ago
  • AP’s Rs 30,800cr plan gets approval
    Deccan Chronicle

    Hyderabad: The State government has got in principle acceptance for Rs 30,800 crore plan for 2007-2008, reports our special correspondent. However, the Planning Commission is expected to formally announce its decision when Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhar Reddy meet commission deputy chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia on April 16. While the State proposed a total plan outlay of Rs 30,013 crores, the Planning Commission has approved Rs 30,800 crores thanks to increased allocations for Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) and Accelerated Irrigation Benefit Programme (AIBP).

    Official sources told this correspondent that the State’s allocation in JNNURM went up by Rs 200 crores and AIBP Rs 500 crores. The sources said special chief secretary (finance) P. Ramakantha Reddy and secretary (finance) A. Giridhar held discussions with Planning Commission officials in New Delhi on Monday. The State government, which got an approval for Rs 20,000 crores for 2006-2007, will get Rs 10,000 crores more this financial year due to increased tax collections.
    - Babji, 6 years ago
  • URL: http://www.thehindu.com/2007/04/03/stories/2007040308150500.htm
    Centre grants 191 crores for drinking water scheme

    ANANTAPUR: The Centre has sanctioned Rs. 191.55 crores to Anantapur district under the Urban Infrastructure Development Scheme in Small and Medium Towns (UIDSSMT) for providing drinking water to Anantapur, Rayadurg and Kadiri towns and for roads and drainage in Tadipatri, Anantapur MP A. Venkatarami Reddy stated here on Monday.

    Giving the details to newspersons, he said Rs. 153.24 crores of the total amount would be grant and the remaining Rs. 38.31 crores would be met by the State Government and the municipal bodies concerned equally. Under the scheme of the Urban Affairs Ministry, 80 per cent would be the grant and 10 per cent each would be borne by the State Government and civic bodies.

    Great relief :Water schemes to be taken up under the UIDSSMT would meet the drinking water needs of Anantapur, Rayadurg and Kadiri for the next 15 years. For Anantapur, a pipeline would be laid from Penna Ahobilam Balancing Reservoir, a storage reservoir would be constructed at Brahmanapalli and overhead tanks would be constructed in the town with a cost of Rs. 65 crores.

    Similarly, water to Rayadurg would be taken through a pipeline from Kanekal tank with a cost of Rs. 42.39 crores. and pipeline to carry water from Chitravati Balancing Reservoir would be laid to Kadiri with a cost of Rs. 45.46 crores. Roads and drainages would be formed in Tadipatri with a cost of Rs. 38.7 crores under the Central Government scheme, the MP explained.

    Schedule :Tenders for drinking water schemes and roads and drainages under the UIDSSMT scheme would be called within 15 days and they would be completed in about one-and-half years' time.
    - Babji, 6 years ago
  • seems like agri, irrigation, and water infra are getting major boosts in AP, for the good.
    - pding, 6 years ago
  • AP set to emerge as hub of premier tech institutions (http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/2007/04/03/stories/2007040301312100.htm)


    The Information Technology (IT) and IT-enabled Services (IteS) industry in Hyderabad is all pepped up as the State is set to emerge as a hub of premier technology institutions in the next two-three years. This in turn could go a long way in addressing the manpower needs of the industry.

    Andhra Pradesh, which has a National Institute of Technology (formerly Regional Engineering College) at Warangal and an International Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) in Hyderabad, will soon add the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) coming up at Kandi in Medak apart from three new IIIT campuses. This is in addition to the campus of BITS Pilani in Hyderabad, which is expected to be ready by next year.

    For the industry this means a lot on Human Resources front, say industry sources. "Once you have the IIT and BITS here, the quality of workforce will go up significantly due to the high calibre of such institutes. There will be fruitful industry-academia interaction as they will take up innovative projects and incubation programmes,'' Mr Bipin Chandra, Head (HR), Knoah Solutions, told Business Line.

    SPECIALISED TALENT

    Industry can also look for relief in some specific areas of talent, which is lacking now. "There is a need for quality M.Techs to focus on upcoming branches such as aerospace and marine engineering. IIT and BITS may alter this situation for the better,'' says Mr B. Ashok Reddy, Executive Vice-President (HR), Infotech Enterprises.

    As Andhra Pradesh pockets a significant number of IIT seats every year, its presence in the State would further motivate tech graduates to scale up, he pointed out.

    However, there is a flip side too. If one talks in terms of quantity, there may not be a big difference. "At the most, all these premier institutes can add a little over 2,000 to 3,000 top-end professionals. It is also equally important to focus on quality upgradation of the large number of engineering colleges in the State (there are over 280),'' says Mr Dasarath R. Gude, Managing Director, ATI Technologies.

    FUNDS FOR IIITs

    Meanwhile, the State Government has granted Rs 10 crore each to the new IIIT campuses being set up at Idupulapaya in Kadapa, Basara in Adilabad and Nuzuvid in Krishna district.

    In a review meeting on the progress of new State universities and 21st Century Gurukulams with officials here on Monday, the Chief Minister, Dr Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, directed the Finance Department to release grant to the IIITs in the current academic year, according to a press release issued here.

    In view of the IIIT location in Basara, the previously announced 21st Century Gurukulam in Basara would be relocated. The funds for other proposed Gurukulams at Etcherla, Idupulapaya, have already been allotted and the works will begin soon, the release added.
    - cbeboy, 6 years ago
  • Vizianagaram emerging as a new industrial hub
    Tuesday April 3 2007 11:07 IST

    VIZIANAGARAM: It was once considered as backward area by industrialists but Vizianagaram district is emerging as the new industries hub for several small and medium scale industries. About Rs 400 crore are being invested by companies from other states including power plants, a pharmaceutical industry and purification units of iron ore and steel rods.

    An iron ore purification unit is being set up by BK Steels with an estimated cost of Rs 209 crore. The unit will be set up in Bobbili Growth Centre where iron ore is purified and supplied to various product manufacturing purposes. With an expenditure of Rs 3.2 crore, a steel rods and tubes manufacturing unit is being established at Modavalasa village in Denkada mandal.

    Saiteja diary product unit is being established in the Growth Centre with about Rs 4 crore. NCS Sugars is establishing a power plant at Lachchaiahpeta with about Rs 80 crore where electricity will be produced through bagasse (cane waste).

    The sugar factory is also being modernised with latest equipment with a cost of Rs 15 crore. About Rs 67 crore are being spent for establishment of Sribhava power generation unit at Malliveedu village in Lakkavarapukota mandal. Another hydro-power unit will be started for production of 3 MW electricity by Sardar Hydro Power Unit at Naguru village in Kurupam mandal with an expenditure of Rs 3.73 crore.

    The government has sanctioned permission to use water from Thotapalli barrage for this unit. A pharmaceutical company is being set up by SMS Pharmaceuticals with an estimated cost of Rs 20 crore at Kandivalasagedda village in Poosapatirega mandal. A stone chips unit will be established with about Rs 2 crore at Seetharampuram village in Vepada mandal...
    - Babji, 6 years ago
  • APIIC crosses Rs 1,000-cr mark (http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/2007/04/04/stories/2007040402752100.htm)


    The Andhra Pradesh Industrial Infrastructure Corporation (APIIC) crossed Rs 1,000-crore mark in turnover during fiscal year 2006-07, according to a release issued here on Tuesday. To mark the occasion, the Chief Minister, Dr Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, unveiled a new logo of the corporation at his chambers in Secretariat and congratulated the management and staff of the corporation. Minister for Major Industries and Tourism Ms J. Geeta Reddy, Principal Secretary of Industries and Commerce Department Ms D. Lakshmi Parthasarathi, APIIC Vice Chairman and Managing Director Mr BP. Acharya and other officials were also present on the occasion, the release added.
    - cbeboy, 6 years ago
  • i thought APIIC was only a nodal agency facilitiating industries in their projects and ventures....how come they are earning revenue?
    - pding, 6 years ago
  • APIIC is the GoAP's corporate front, thru which all the GoAP's investments are channelled and managed. Its like a fully owned company of GoAP.
    - Babji, 6 years ago
  • URL: http://www.thehindu.com/2007/04/04/stories/2007040409550300.htm
    Gammon India to build bridge across Godavari

    HYDERABAD: Gammon India Ltd. will build a bridge across the Vynateya branch of the Godavari between Pasarlapudi and Bodasakurru on National Highway No. 214 (Kathipudi-Pamarru).

    Disclosing this here on Tuesday, Chief Engineeri (National Highways) of the Roads and Buildings Department G.V.S. Suryanarayana Raju said that the project was estimated to cost close to Rs. 60 crores.

    Funding : The Ministry of Shipping, Road Transport and Highways would fund the project. This would minimise the distance between Amalapauram and Razole by 18 km. The length of the bridge was 1 km with approaches stretching up to another kilometre. The bridge would be completed in three years. The project cost could go up by the time it was completed.
    - Babji, 5 years ago
  • URL: http://www.thehindu.com/2007/04/04/stories/2007040421750500.htm
    VMC eyes NHAI, R&B funds for BRTS project

    VIJAYAWADA: Banking on the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) and the Roads and Buildings (R&B) Department, the Vijayawada Municipal Corporation (VMC) is moving forward to implement the Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) in the city. The VMC has chalked out plans to mobilise a portion of the financial resources required for the proposed project from the NHAI and the R&B.

    The proposed pilot corridor, which is being referred to in official circles as `green corridor', is a 15.5-km circular route starting from, and ending at, the City Bus Terminal. It will pass through a 4.5-km distance of the NH-5 and 4 km of R&B roads.
    The VMC's argument is that the NHAI and the R&B would have to chip in with their own contributions for a total of 8.5 km of the proposed corridor. Acording to VMC sources, the corporation would get more than Rs. 4.25 crores from the NHAI and the R&B.

    These two agencies would have to spend at least Rs. 50 lakhs for development of each kilometre of the corridor, which translates into Rs. 4.25 crores for the total distance of 8.5 kms. Apart from this, the burden of expenditure on the development of bus bays, bus stops and Foot over Bridges (FoBs) would also have to be shouldered by both the R&B and the NHAI, the corporation officials say.

    "The NHAI has to take up the widening of NH-5 to six lanes sooner or later. So, we are planning to ask them to dedicate a lane to the BRTS after developing the road into a six-lane one," a senior official says, adding that a meeting with the NHAI and the R&B officials would soon be convened to discuss the proposals.

    The VMC has already announced that it would use the greenbelts and service roads of the NHAI, apart from the R&B roads
    - Babji, 5 years ago
  • URL: http://www.thehindu.com/2007/04/05/stories/2007040505420400.htm
    State for converting 4,500-km roads into NH
    HYDERABAD: Andhra Pradesh is staking its claim for conversion of an additional 4,590 km into National Highways in the State. A detailed proposal has been submitted to the Ministry of Shipping, Road Transport and Highways urging it to consider conversion and development of 17 roads in the State. In fact, the little known fact to the public is that the State already has 15 National Highways covering a distance of 4,648 km.

    While 1,125 km of National Highways are mostly four-lane roads and six-lane in some places, 3,158 km of the NH are two-lane roads. Only 365 km of NH is a single-lane road. As many as 1,705 km of National Highways have been added in the State between 1997 and 2004 (Ninth and Tenth plan periods).

    The State is actually entitled for another 1,000 km of national highways. In population terms, there should be 6.4 km of NH for every one lakh population (as per the national average). But Andhra Pradesh has 6.03 km of NH. Similarly, there should be 19.95-km-long NH for every 1,000 square km. In the case of Andhra Pradesh, the availability of NH road length is 16.59 km per 1,000 sq. km, according to Chief Engineer of R&B (National Highways) G.V.S. Suryanarayana Raju.

    Proposed routes: The major routes proposed for conversion into NHs include:
    Nellore-Mydukur-Gooty (314 km);
    Hyderabad-Mancherial-Chanda (330 km);
    Hyderabad-Srisailam-Nandyal (300 km);
    Gundugolanu-Nallajerla-Rajahmundry (83 km);
    Krishnapatnam Port-Nellore-Rayachoti-Kadiri-Hiriyur in Karnataka (470 km);
    Hyderabad-Medak-Basar-Luxettipet (395 km);
    Kakinada-Rajahmundry-Kovvur-Aswaraopet-Khammam-Suryapet (300 km);
    Kurnool-Vinukonda-Guntur ( 300 km);
    Mahadevpur (Warangal Dt)-Nalgonda-Macherla-Markapur-Venkatagiri-Renigunta (650 km).

    What is the logic behind proposing so many roads for conversion when the State is entitled only for only 1,000-km-long National Highways additionally? Dr. Raju says the Union Government usually considers the proposals whenever it decides to extend the length of the NH in other States to maintain parity between the States.
    - Babji, 5 years ago
  • http://www.bharattextile.com/newsitems/2003519

    Development of textile industry in A P gains momentum


    Development of textile industry in Andhra Pradesh has gained momentum; a bi-annual industry monitor survey conducted by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Southern Region revealed here on April 4.

    According to the survey, with a growth of 20-25 per cent, the textile industry has done well during October 2006-March 2007 compared to April-September 2006. Sales and exports have increased by 15-20 per cent.

    Textile industry can look forward to up to 20 per cent increase in demand in the next six months while production and sales are likely to increase by 15-20 per cent. This might lead to a 10 per cent escalation in employment; the survey said.

    The manufacturing industry has witnessed a buoyant performance during October 2006-March 2007 with a 10-15 per cent increase in production levels, compared to April-September 2006.

    Consequently, sales as well as exports have also increased by 15 per cent and 15-20 per cent, respectively. The profit margin scaled up by 10 per cent with a 5 per cent increase in employment.





    this is good news. manufacturing and such industries should grow rapidly if AP has to industrialise.
    - pding, 5 years ago
  • URL: http://www.thehindu.com/2007/04/06/stories/2007040622630100.htm
    Union Minister gives assurance on ONGC refinery at Kakinada

    HYDERABAD: Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy extracted an assurance from Union Petroleum Minister Murli Deora for the setting up of refinery at Kakinada even as a feasibility study was under way to double its capacity from the original 7.5 million tonnes.

    Speaking at a function to mark the launch of ethanol-blended petrol in Hyderabad and laying the foundation stone for a CNG Mega Station of Bhagyanagar Gas here on Thursday, Dr. Reddy said "we are very agitated about ONGC going back on Kakinada refinery of 7.5 million tonnes". He recalled that he had represented to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Mr. Deora to reconsider the decision.

    The Union Minister assured "whatever we can do, we will do" and asked ONGC Chairman R. S. Sharma to clarify further. Mr. Sharma said that following the perseverance by Dr. Reddy, a feasibility study taken up for setting up a 15 million tonne refinery would be completed in two months. The ONGC Chairman said the investment for the refinery would be in the range of Rs.18,000 to Rs. 20,000 crores and it was suggested that the project would become viable if the capacity was increased to 15 million tonnes.

    Mr. Deora said the country was able to meet the crude oil import bill because of the availability of $ 200 billion of foreign exchange reserves. Mr. Deora predicted that the State would one day become the world capital of gas due to the promising reserves in Krishna-Godavari basin...
    well. some assurance is better than no assurance!
    - Babji, 5 years ago
  • eGoM nod to help fast-track projects
    TIMES NEWS NETWORK[ FRIDAY, APRIL 06, 2007 03:43:16 AM]

    NEW DELHI: With the empowered group of ministers (eGoM) headed by external affairs minister Pranab Mukherjee lifting the freeze on SEZ approvals, a number of projects, including Ascendas ITPL (Bangalore), Brandix Textile City (Visakhapatnam) and Lotus Footwear (Thiruvannamalai, TN), are expected to be put on the fast track. Developers of these projects have been complaining about delays following the freeze imposed by the eGoM and state governments and had urged the Centre to clear these .

    Among the 83 projects that would be notified following Thursday’s decision of the eGoM to lift the freeze include Ramky Pharma City SEZ (Visakhapatnam), Kakinada SEZ (Kakinada), APIIC multi-product SEZ (Visakhapatnam), Orient Craft Textiles SEZ (Gurgaon) and Infosys Technology SEZs (Pune & Mysore). Notification in respect of the 83 cases of formal approvals, documents for which have been submitted by the developers, may be issued by the department of commerce soon.

    However, the notifications would be issued only after due verification, including issues concerning any dispute relating to land. The other major projects awaiting notification include Wockhardt Pharma SEZ (Aurangabad), Maharashtra Airport Development Corporation’s multi-product SEZ (Nagpur), Jindal Stainless Steel SEZ (Kalinga Nagar in Orissa), Mahindra World City SEZ (Jaipur), SICOT Footwear SEZ (Kancheepuram) and Suzlon Infrastructure at Coimbatore.

    The governments of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh, in particular, have been pushing for early lifting of the freeze on SEZ approvals. Some other states, such as Orissa, which were not quick in getting project clearances initially had argued that the freeze was not fair on them.
    are we there yet ...
    - Babji, 5 years ago
  • Energy Education Park in Vijayawada soon (http://www.hindu.com/2007/04/07/stories/2007040714860500.htm)


    A State-level Energy Education Park will come up in the city, courtesy the Ministry of Non-conventional Energy, which wants to create awareness among people of the uses and benefits of renewable energy technologies. The Rs. 1.5-crore project will come up in association with the Andhra Pradesh Council of Science and Technology (APCOST), and the park will be located adjacent to the Regional Science Centre at Bhavanipuram. A 2.5-acre piece of land has already been identified for this first-of-its-kind project in the State. Exhibits in the park will be classified according to the `Panchabhootaalu', the five elements of nature that are sources of energy. Tej (energy from sun), Marut (energy from wind), Ap (energy from water), Kshiti (energy from earth) and Vyom (exploration of space for energy) are the elements under which the exhibits will be displayed.The park will have some unique civil and landscaping scenario with display of exhibits on wind energy, solar energy and energy from water in the initial stages, which will be interactive and educative.

    Centre of attraction

    The authorities expect the park to be a popular centre of attraction for people, especially children, with out-door exhibits like solar-powered toy train, battery-operated bicycle, solar-powered car, battery-operated passenger van with backup facility, computer-based energy games with touch-screen based systems, solar photovoltaic pump to draw water, solar water heating system, solar still to draw chilled water, water pumping with windmill and exhibits on tidal and wave powers. "We have sent an initial proposal to the Ministry for the State-level project. Along with the Non-conventional Energy Development Corporation of Andhra Pradesh (NEDCAP), we are planning to send a detailed project report this week," said Prayaga Srinivas, officer-in charge of the Regional Science Centre, on Friday. Of the total project cost, the Ministry would foot a bill of Rs. 1 crore, while the APCOST would bear the remaining expenditure. "The Ministry has set up the first Energy Education Park on the Science City premises in Gujarat. Now it is planning to allocate one park each to all States," explained NEDCAP District Manager K. Srinivasa Rao.
    - cbeboy, 4 years ago
  • URL: http://www.thehindu.com/2007/04/07/stories/2007040715230500.htm
    Paryatak Bhavan inaugurated

    HYDERABAD: Balayogi Paryatak Bhavan, the sprawling one-stop complex for travel and tourism facility at Begumpet, was inaugurated by Union Minister for Tourism and Culture Ambika Soni, here on Friday, in the presence of Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy.

    Congratulating the State Government, Department of Tourism and all those involved with the project for the splendid job, Ms. Soni announced at a media conference later that a workshop would soon be held on tourism infrastructure. The Rs. 33-crore centrally air-conditioned, seven floor Paryatak Bhavan, is developed by Andhra Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (APTDC) on 1.83 acres of prime Government land leased to it. The complex with a built up area of 2.18 lakh sft and developed on the lines of a tourism mall offering everything a tourist would require had Central and State Governments contributing Rs.5 crores and Rs.12 crores respectively while APTDC's share was Rs.13 crores.

    State Tourism, Culture and Major Industries Minister J. Geeta Reddy said Paryatak Bhavan would be the single point tourist resource centre. It would have tourist information stalls of other States, offices for India Tourism, APTDC, tour operators, travel agents, international airlines, space for tourism-related facilities like currency exchange, souvenir shops and a three-star hotel with 84 rooms, swimming pool, restaurant, bar, food court, board rooms and conference facilities, all under one roof.

    The Centre had been helping projects in State and more assistance would follow like Rs.25 crores to destination development, Rs.50 crores for circuit tourism with facilities like golf courses, helipad, Southern Splendour under Incredible India, Buddhist circuit, and a second Destination on Wheels.
    cool. what other metros have point tourist resource centres ...
    - Babji, 4 years ago
  • ONGC to step up investments for refinery project in Kakinada
    TIMES NEWS NETWORK[ SATURDAY, APRIL 07, 2007 02:56:53 AM]

    HYDERABAD: It’s official. Oil and Natural Gas Corporation chairman R S Sharma on Thursday announced that the company would soon resume work on the proposed refinery project in Kakinada. The company has also decided to step up investment from Rs 12,000 crore to over Rs 20,000 crore for the project. “Earlier, we were planning to set up a 7.5 million tonne refinery. But studies show that we can increase the capacity of the refinery to 15 MT and we expect to lay the foundation of stone of the new project in about four months. At present, we are carrying out a feasibility analysis on the project,” said.

    He made this statement in the presence of Union petroleum minister Murli Deora. The company had last year decided to pull out of the project on account of economic feasibility. However, under the mounting pressure from the Congress-led state government, the petroleum ministry had intervened and asked the company to take up the project. The project will come up in the 10,000-acre SEZ in Kakinada. While addressing a press meet, at the launch of ethanol-blended petrol in the state, Mr Deora said, the Centre would not increase the price of kerosene and LPG despite the increasing subsidy burden. “These are mainly used for household purposes and we don’t want to put additional burden on the housewife,” he said.

    According to him, with KG Basin emerging as a major hub of gas, Andhra Pradesh will be able to attract more investment. “The reserve will also help us bring down the gas prices by about 30%,” he said. He assured the state government that natural gas from KG Basin will be supplied by Reliance and other developers by June next year. “Gas prices will be decided as per the exploration licensing policy and the provision on the production sharing contract between the drilling party and the Union government,” said MS Srinivasan, petroleum secretary.

    The government is also planning to provide piped gas to 20 million urban households. With this, the government will be able to divert cylinder gas to rural areas...
    Its official! :) Rs 20,000 crore investment. 15MT capacity. 10,000 acre SEZ.
    - Babji, 4 years ago
  • finally.....this is the magic of having state and centre friends. when Naidu wass in power, he used his clout with Vajpayee and BJP. now, YSR too ensures what comes stays here.
    - pding, 4 years ago
  • India's Krishnapatnam port to invest RM5.5b by 2011
    http://www.theedgedaily.com/cms/content.jsp?id=com.tms.cms.article.Article_c0f429cd-cb73c03a-b5ad6800-7e15af6a
    05-04-2007: India's Krishnapatnam port to invest RM5.5b by 2011

    Krishnapatnam Port Co, a family-owned start-up on India's east coast, will invest US$1.6 billion (RM5.5 billion) in a new container and bulk port to profit from the growing trade between Asia's economic giants China and India.

    The port, close to the sea trade lanes linking Asia to the Persian Gulf and Europe, is due to open for container ships in June 2008 and will be completed by 2011. It will have an initial annual capacity of one million twenty-foot containers, Mahesh Goel, the head of Krishnapatnam Port Company's container business, told Reuters in an interview.

    Singapore, the world's busiest port, moved nearly 24 million boxes at its terminals last year, while India's biggest port, Mumbai, handles around two million twenty-foot containers a year. "We are also looking into opening two more ports on India's east coast and one on the west coast," he said but declined to give details because the projects are still at an early stage.

    Krishnapatnam Port Co is owned by Hyderabad-based businessman CV Rao and his sons. The family also owns the Navayuga Group, a holding company with interests in marine construction and information technology. Congested ports and other creaky transport infrastructure have become a growing problem for Asia's third-largest economy and the world's second-fastest growing large economy after China. India is forecast to have grown at its fastest pace -- 9.2% -- in almost two decades in the year to March, and growth has choked ports and clogged highways due to increased activity.

    Krishnapatnam aims to compete with Chennai, a 125-year old port 180km to the south, and hopes to lure container lines such as AP Moeller Maersk, Neptune Orient Lines or Hapag-Lloyd by undercutting its rival in price.

    Chennai predicts its traffic will rise to 1.5 million twenty-foot containers by 2010. "Lines are telling us they want a port with better facilities. Charges at Krishnapatnam will definitely be lower than in Chennai," Goel said on the sidelines of a shipping conference.

    The port, which has a 50-year licence, is adjacent to the 4,000ha Andhra Pradesh special economic zone, a duty-free manufacturing enclave, that may also boost business. Krishnapatnam Port's projects will be 70% debt-financed, with the rest funded by shareholders.

    Goel said that research by London-based shipping consultants Drewry has shown that by 2019 the port could handle the equivalent of 5.6 million twenty-foot containers a year. He said the port had received strong interest from container lines. "There is just not enough capacity on the Indian east coast. Container trade between east coast India and China is growing at 8% a year and the existing ports can't cope."

    The company hopes that within 10 years around 60% of its container traffic will be coming from trans-shipments -- cargo moved from small, regional feeder ships on to large vessels that can carry close to 10,000 containers and serve the world's main trade routes between Asia, America and Europe.

    "Initially, trans-shipment will make up 5-10% of total container volume but we are aiming to bring that to 60% by 2016/17," he said, adding that Indian ports were lacking the infrastructure to manage large numbers of containers.

    Port operators tend to focus on achieving high volumes of container trans-shipments because margins are low.

    The port expects to move around 200,000 containers in its first year of operation and some 450,000 in the second year, well below its capacity of 1 million twenty-foot containers.

    Goel said that Krishnapatnam was already handling some 125,000 tonnes of iron ore a month and that, once completed in 2011, it could also handle specialised cargoes such as liquefied natural gas, and oil and petroleum products. - Reuters
    Krishnapatnam, Chennai of AP...
    - Babji, 4 years ago
  • URL: http://www.thehindu.com/2007/04/09/stories/2007040916990100.htm
    State bags huge Central grant

    HYDERABAD: Giving a fillip to infrastructure development works, the Central Government has sanctioned 44 projects, with an estimated Rs. 1,314.19 crores, to the State under the Urban Infrastructure Development Scheme for Small and Medium Towns and released Rs. 304.87 crores as part of the scheme.

    The entire Central share of Rs. 1,051.35 crores has been announced as grant, while the Government and the 31 urban local bodies, in which the project would be implemented, would share the balance equally.

    The grant is against the Rs. 700 crores the State could secure as loan from HUDCO over the past 10 years involving an interest of nine per cent for taking up drinking water schemes.

    Special cell : Terming the allocation as a windfall, Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy on Sunday said infrastructure, including amenities like drinking water, sewerage and roads, would be developed in two-tier towns.

    Directing the officials to release the State's share of Rs. 131.42 crores for the project, Dr. Reddy wanted them to create a special cell to monitor effective utilisation of Central funds. Officials should ensure that every household in all the towns and municipalities get daily water supply by 2009.

    Dr. Reddy asked Municipal Administration Minister Koneru Ranga Rao to convene a meeting of the Mayors, chairpersons and commissioners of all municipal corporations and municipalities on April 11 to apprise them of the Central sanctions for urban development. The officials informed Dr. Reddy that the Centre had earlier sanctioned Rs. 1,354.79 crores under the JNNURM for development of mission cities and the present grant would enable coverage of 70 per cent of the urban areas across the State.
    expect more.
    - Babji, 4 years ago
  • http://www.business-standard.com/common/storypage_c_online.php?leftnm=11&bKeyFlag=IN&autono=22284

    L&T plans Rs 1,500cr hi-tech shipyard


    Larsen & Toubro plans to set up a major state-of-the-art ship building yard at a cost of Rs 1,500 crore.

    The new greenfield ship building yard would come up on a 1,000-acre area and have capability to make all types of ships, including high tech designs like CNG, LNG carriers and containers upto 3 lakh dead weight tonnes (DWT), MV Kotwal, senior vice-president, L&T said.

    "We will announce the details of the project in one or two months," a top company official told PTI, adding the company has identified three locations in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat, of which one would be selected.

    L&T is already into ship building at Hazira, Gujarat, but the area there is not adequate for expansion and for making large ships.

    Though India has 28 ship building yards, none of them have the capability to manufacture high tech or sophisticated ships. The largest ships built in the country are of 45,000 DWT.

    The L&T shipyard would have the capability of manufacturing any type of ship, including frigates and destroyers for the Navy and Coast Guard.

    The three locations identified are Chennai, Kakinada and Mundhra and the project, once finalised in the next few weeks, will be commissioned by 2009-2010.





    i honestly have no hope...AP doesn't have the infra like GJ and TN do. the recent move to convert 4000+(?) kms of roads into highways is a step in the right direction. but i still think it's a little late. while other states were building up infra, our good old Naidu, all through the 90s and later, sat in his A/C office in front of a Sony laptop and thought IT/BT would do it all for AP. now, AP is paying the price...our infra is nothing compared to other major states. even the YSR govt has just started realising that to make AP an industrial hub, good infra is A MUST. and they have started taking steps.
    - pding, 4 years ago
  • Tirupati airport expansion work to take off next week
    Newindpress
    HYDERABAD: Works relating to the up gradation of the Tirupati Airport is all set to gain momentum with officials from the Airport Authority of India (AAI) planning to visit the temple town next week to jointly inspect with local officials the land identified for the expansion of the airport.

    The State Government has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the AAI for developing the Vijayawada and Tirupati airports on February 14, so as to facilitate landing of bigger aircrafts at both places.

    At present, some 30 flights per week are being operated to the temple town by Air Deccan, Kingfisher and Indian Airlines from Hyderabad, Bangalore, Visakhapatnam and Delhi and these flights are reported to be full most days in the year. The length of the runway is 7,500 metres and A 321 (Airbus) aircrafts are landing at the airport.

    Though the AAI has sought 413 acres from the Chittoor district authorities in North and partly in South and West, the local officials have identified about 826 acres on the Southern side for future expansion of the runway as no land is available in the North. AAI’s Executive Director (Planning) is likely to conduct the inspection along with AP officials and take a final decision.

    “We hope that the expansion works of the airport will be completed by end of May as the night landing facility has already been in place with the installation of solar panels on Tirumala Hills,” officials of the Transport, Roads & Buildings told this website’s newspaper.

    This will enable the wide bodied aircrafts from around the world land at the airport. One more parking bay in addition to the existing two is being built for landing of the Chennai and Bangalore bound aircrafts if those airports are busy.

    The Instrumentation Landing System (ILS) will also be installed in three to four months ...
    - Babji, 4 years ago
  • SRI plans more budget hotels (http://business-standard.com/compindustry/storypage.php?tab=r&autono=280934&subLeft=1&leftnm=1)

    Vizag-based SRI Hotels and Restaurants Private Limited, a newly-incorporated hospitality group, is planning to set up more budget hotels in the state under the ‘Orange’ brand. The first of these ‘Orange’ budget hotels is coming up at Sarawathi Junction in the city.

    “Our first ‘Orange’ budget hotel, with 45 air-conditioned rooms, will be operational from next month. We have invested around Rs 1.2 crore in this hotel,” M Srinivas, managing partner of SRI Hotels and Restaurants, told Business Standard.

    Besides Saraswathi Junction, the company is scouting for two more suitable locations in the city including the Siripuram Junction and Sathyam Junction for setting up budget hotels, each with around 50 rooms.

    “We also have plans to set up 'Orange' budget hotels in tier-II cities like Kakinada, Rajahmundry, Guntur and Nellore over the next three-four years,” he added.

    Maintaining that the company would not invest in land and buildings for its budget hotels, Srinivas said that the company would follow the concept of leasing buildings in prime locations and convert them into budget hotels.
    - kronik, 4 years ago
  • AP may get Rs 30,000-cr Plan outlay (http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/2007/04/16/stories/2007041600421500.htm)


    The Planning Commission is likely to approve an annual Plan outlay of over Rs 30,000 crore for Andhra Pradesh in the 2007-08 fiscal.

    The outlay, if granted, would be the biggest-ever package by the Planning Commission for any State so far and marks a 30 per cent increase over the previous fiscal's Plan outlay for the State, the Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister, Dr Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, told the senior officials in meeting here on Sunday.

    The Chief Minister would be leaving for New Delhi on Monday for finalising the outlay.

    According to the draft proposals, the total outlay is projected at Rs 30,013.54 crore, including Central assistance as well as the State's borrowings out of a total estimated expenditure of Rs 70,052.86 crore. The total XI Plan outlay for the State is estimated to be over Rs 1,84,694.64 crore.

    The total expenditure of the State in 2005-06 was Rs 43,151.01 crore, including the Plan expenditure of Rs 13,479.41 crore. The total estimated expenditure in 2006-07 is Rs 52,219.06, including the total Plan expenditure of Rs 19,551.91 crore.

    In the current financial year, Andhra Pradesh's own resources are estimated to be Rs 18,030.43 crore. The State's borrowings would be at Rs 8,474.49 crore, while the Central assistance is pegged at Rs 3,508.62 crore. However, the total gross borrowings are estimated to cross Rs 13,428.75 crore, according to a release.
    - cbeboy, 4 years ago
  • Underground drainage soon
    Deccan Chronicle
    Kakinada , April 15: The much-awaited underground drainage system is likely to be a reality soon for the residents of Kakinada city. The proposal, pending for the last 25 years, is expected to be taken up under Urban Infrastructure Development Scheme for Small and Medium Towns (UIDS-SMT).

    Attempts of successive civic bodies to get underground drainage for the city failed to fructify due to the huge financial aspect involved and technical feasibility, as the sea level at Kakinada is higher than ground level. Later, some agencies recommended that drainage could be taken up with the arrangement of pumping waste water into the sea at one or two specified points.

    The proposal was renewed when the new civic body with corporation status took charge in September 2005. It picked up momentum in the last one year with the fast industrial growth in and around Kakinada and the special economic zone (SEZ) activity in the suburbs.

    With Kakinada expected to grow as a future IT centre, the Rs 50,000 crores industrial investment in the district in various sectors and the willingness of the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation to ground 15 million metric tonnes capacity oil refinery in the SEZ, the need for an underground drainage system to cater to the growing needs of the city is imperative now...

    Tourism to boost rural economy
    Polavaram (West Godavari), April 15: Minister for tourism and industries J. Geeta Reddy said that several tourism projects were being taken up in rural areas to boost tourism and rural economy. Participating in the inauguration of a tourism project at Pattiseema Revu on Sunday, Dr Geeta Reddy said that a tourism boat was being arranged at a cost of Rs 50 lakhs in the area.

    ... She also said that rural projects were being encouraged in three districts — Kuchipudi in Krishna district, Srikalahasti in Chittoor and Kolleru in West Godavari district...
    - Babji, 4 years ago
  • ONGC to take 26% of KRPL to public
    RAJEEV JAYASWAL & SOMA BANERJEE TIMES NEWS NETWORK[ MONDAY, APRIL 16, 2007]
    NEW DELHI: ONGC will tap the capital market with a public issue later this fiscal to part-finance its Rs 18,000-crore refinery-cum-petrochemical project. The 15-million-tonne refinery complex will be built to cater to the demand for high-grade fuel in the European and other Western markets.

    According to a senior ONGC official, although the project had been conceived as an MRPL venture, it would eventually be transferred to ONGC. The project will be developed through a separate SPV, Kakinada Refinery & Petrochemicals (KRPL). IL&FS, which has picked up a 26% stake in the SPV, will exit the project and offload its stake to the public.

    ONGC’s initial announcement to build a 7.5-million-tonne refinery had run into rough weather after the company found the proposal commercially unviable in the current capacity. ONGC was directed by the PMO to relook at the proposal following several representations from the state government.

    The company now plans to double the refinery within an SEZ that would be developed in collaboration with Andhra Pradesh Industrial Development Corp and Kakinada Sea Ports. While ONGC would have a majority stake and management control, the proposed JV would be a non-PSU joint venture.

    Based on the business model of Reliance Petroleum’s Jamnagar refinery, the Kakinada refinery too would use imported crude and produce high-margin Euro-III and Euro-IV petroleum products...

    EIL is expected to submit the feasibility report by June. The works on the project is expected to start by August 2007.
    second confirmation since April 7th...
    - Babji, 4 years ago
  • CM mulls steel factory in Kadapa
    K Veerabhadra Rao [16 Apr, 2007 0218hrs ISTTIMES NEWS NETWORK ]
    KADAPA: After bestowing several projects on his native district, Kadapa, chief minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy is contemplating setting up a steel factory here. According to sources in the district administration and Congress party, over 8,000 acres of land has already been identified for the purpose near Ambavaram in Jammalamadugu mandal.

    ...water would be available in the Mylavaram reservoir since Krishna water from Pothireddypadu head regulator could be drawn through Galeru Nagari Sujala Sravanti (GNSS) project.

    GNSS provides water mainly to Jammalamadugu and Pulivendula constituencies. Water is already being drawn from Mylavaram reservoir for the Rayalaseema Thermal Power Project (RTPP) at Muddanuru.

    The proposed site near Ambavaram village is very near to the RTPP and the Renigunta-Gooty railway line, which will help in importing iron ore, one of the main raw materials for the proposed project, from Bellary. Iron ore from Bellary is being transported in hundreds of trucks everyday to Chennai port via Kadapa district.

    ... the CM sanctioned several projects to the district, including a university, medical college, airport, IIIT, 21st century gurukulam, HPS branch, ring road, etc. Even the controversial uranium project got clearance...
    - Babji, 4 years ago
  • Genco plans to add 8,960 MW in 5 yrs Deccan Chronicle
    Hyderabad, April 15: AP Generation Corporation (Genco), the third largest power generating utility in the country, has embarked on an ambitious programme to add 8,963 MW in the next five years. Once that is done, it will become the biggest power producer in the country. With an estimated cost of Rs 35,010 crores, Genco proposes to generate 4,730 MW thermal power, 2,100 MW gas power and 2,133 MW hydro power by the end of 2012, Genco managing Director Ajay Jain said here on Sunday.

    "We are planning to make the State self-reliant in the power sector and at the same time make it ready to take on massive industrialisation needs," Mr Jain said. Genco has wiped out its accumulated losses of Rs 256 crores and earned a net profit of Rs 145 crores in 2006-07, he said.

    "Cost per unit has been reduced to Rs 1.43 as against Rs 1.48 per unit. This directly benefits 1.6 crore consumers in the State," Mr Jain said. He said that Genco was set to commission the Priyadarshini Jurala hydro power project with 234 MW capacity next year. Construction of the Nagarjunasagar tailpond, Poch-ampad-IV, Lower Jurala, Pulichintala, Polavaram, Dummugudem, Singareddipalli hydro projects had been awarded to Genco.

    Rayalaseema thermal project stages III and IV would be commissioned this year
    Expansion of the thermal power stations at Vijayawada and Kothagudem will be completed by 2008...
    inspite of giving free power to farmers ...
    - Babji, 4 years ago
  • State gets India’s biggest plan deal
    Deccan Chronicle
    New Delhi, April 16: The Planning Commission has fixed the State’s annual plan size for 2007-2008 at Rs 30,500 crores, which is a 50 per cent increase over last year’s allocation. It is also the highest allocation so far for any State for the initial year of the eleventh plan. The annual plan outlay was finalised here on Monday at a meeting between commission deputy chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhar Reddy. Appreciating the efforts being made by the State for creating an investor-friendly environment, the commission pointed out that AP was among the top five destinations for industrial investment, both foreign and domestic. Introduction of district planning committees and cluster-based development of small scale industries also earned praise from the commission.

    A commission release added that Mr Ahluwalia complimented the State Government for significantly improving the growth rate. It added that the State was a role model for others in implementing the National Rural Employment Guarantee programme. In the power sector, transmission and distribution losses had come down, the release said. The commission asked the State to focus more on horticulture and animal husbandry. This year’s plan outlay includes a one-time Central assistance of Rs 150 crores for special programmes in the animal husbandry sector.

    Dr Rajaskehar Reddy told mediapersons after the meeting that the State was given grants under the AIBP and JNNURM schemes too. “We have now managed to get Rs 800 crores, in addition to the actual allocation of Rs 450 crores under the AIBP this year,” he said. “The Centre also enhanced the JNNURM allocation to Rs 750 crores.” He added that the State could do better in education and health sectors. “Enrolment rates shall be increased to the levels of other Southern states,” he assured.
    - Babji, 4 years ago
  • 30500 crore is huge by any means!!!
    - pding, 4 years ago
  • Even though odds are in favour of Chennai, I doubt if it would go to Chennai since,

    1.The sea topography is shallow and hence will involve lot of dredging to accomodate the size of ships that L&T plans to build.

    2.Ennore SEZ has only in-principle approval, whereas Mundra is an operational SEZ and Kakinada has formal approval (expected to be notified in the next BoA meeting, as per eGOM press release).

    L&T can't afford to set up the unit outside SEZ, since lot of investment is involved and gestation period for returns is very high.

    All the best to AP!!

    http://www.business-standard.com/common/storypage_c_online.php?leftnm=11&bKeyFlag=IN&autono=22284

    L&T plans Rs 1,500cr hi-tech shipyard






    i honestly have no hope...AP doesn't have the infra like GJ and TN do. the recent move to convert 4000+(?) kms of roads into highways is a step in the right direction. but i still think it's a little late. while other states were building up infra, our good old Naidu, all through the 90s and later, sat in his A/C office in front of a Sony laptop and thought IT/BT would do it all for AP. now, AP is paying the price...our infra is nothing compared to other major states. even the YSR govt has just started realising that to make AP an industrial hub, good infra is A MUST. and they have started taking steps.
    - Sunny78, 4 years ago
  • Reliance investing Rs 8,000 cr in AP-Bengal gas pipeline (http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/2007/04/18/stories/2007041805030200.htm)


    Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) may invest up to Rs 8,000 crore in the proposed 1,100-km gas pipeline from Kakinada in Andhra Pradesh to Howrah in West Bengal.

    The pipeline will connect West Bengal to the company's major finds in the Krishna-Godavari (KG) and Mahanadi-NEC basins.

    Additional investments ranging up to Rs 5,000 crore may be made in creating city gas distribution infrastructure in Kolkata, Howrah, Hoogly, Midnapore and Burdwan.

    RIL is expecting to supply 3.5 million metric standard cubic metre of natural gas a day (mmscmd) for city gas usage in the five locations.
    - cbeboy, 3 years ago
  • URL: http://www.thehindu.com/2007/04/21/stories/2007042112010400.htm
    WB approves $ 189 mn loan to State

    Washington: The World Bank has approved a $ 189 million loan to Andhra Pradesh aimed at improving agricultural productivity and help community-based institutions to manage tank systems effectively. The Andhra Pradesh community-based tank management project aims at improving the physical and operational performance of about 3,000 tank systems with a command area of about 250,000 hectares, secure the safety of the tank structures, and improve on-farm water management and efficiency. "Tank irrigation has historically played an important role in Andhra Pradesh," said Fayez Omar, World Bank Senior Manager for the Programme. "However, the area irrigated by tanks has declined significantly over the last decade and a half. This project will help enhance tank systems." "The project will enable community-based institutions assume greater responsibility for tank system management," said Deepak Ahluwalia, the project team leader. The $ 94.5 million loan is from the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) and has 20 years of maturity including five years of grace period. - PTI
    - Babji, 3 years ago
  • Call to set up coastal corridor
    Deccan Chronicle
    Visakhapatnam, April 21: Stressing the need to set-up "Coastal corridor" from Tada of Nellore to Itchapuram of Srikakulam and "Industrial corridor" from Visakhapatnam to Kakinada, Congress MP from Narsapuram Ch. Harirama Jogaiah felt that coastal districts were completely ignored by both Congress and TD governments, in the last 50 years.

    Speaking to reporters here on Saturday, the MP said that it is high time to initiate movement for getting separate coastal Andhra for the development of the region. "Coastal districts were badly affected on development side in Andhra Pra-desh and separation of the State would certainly benefit these districts," he said.

    Mr Harirama Jogaiah along with another Congress MP from Amalapuram Harsha Kumar will address the "Costa Vidyavantula, Medhavula Sadassu" (Coastal Educated and Elite Seminar) on Sunday, here at Andhra University Assembly Hall...
    - Babji, 3 years ago
  • AP growth rate rose by 12.23% last fiscal

    The Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP) of Andhra Pradesh (at current prices) has gone up by 12.23 per cent to Rs 2,60,734 crore during 2006-07 as against Rs 2,32,331 crore in the previous year.

    The advance estimates show that the agriculture sector contributed Rs 62,405 crore, which is 23.93 per cent of GSDP. Its contribution last year was 25.91 per cent. Though declined, its share, however, is higher than the national average of 17.55 per cent.

    Reflecting the national trends, the industries sector reported an insignificant growth in terms of contribution to GSDP. It's share went up to 24.88 per cent (Rs 64,882 crore) as against 24.22 per cent (Rs 56,277 crore) last year. The share of services sector went up to 51.19 per cent (Rs 1,33,447 crore) from 49.87 per cent (Rs 1,15,856 crore) last year.

    NATIONAL AVERAGE

    This, however, was far lower than the national average of 54.74 per cent, figures compiled by Directorate of Economics and Statistics indicated.

    The GSDP at current prices do not reveal the actual economic growth because it contains the combine effect of the changes in the volume and prices of goods and services.

    To eliminate the effect of price changes or inflation, the GSDP estimates are compiled by evaluating the goods and services at the prices prevailed in the base year (1999-2000). At constant prices (1999-2000), the GSDP was put at Rs 2,02,116 crore for 2006-07 as against Rs 1,88,623 crore, showing a growth of 7.15 per cent.

    Per capita income

    The advance GSDP estimates put the per capita income (at current prices) at Rs 29,074 as against Rs 26,211, showing a growth of 10.92 per cent. The figure doubled in the last eight years.

    At constant prices, the per capita income is put at Rs 22,521 as against Rs 21,277, showing a growth of 5.85 per cent.

    http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/2007/04/24/stories/2007042400751100.htm
    - cbeboy, 3 years ago
  • Continued from here

    http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=406222
    - Suncity, 2 years ago
  • ==
    Kakinada
    Deepwater port - 4th berth: KSPL or Reliance. 2008
    ONGC Refinery- Uppada near Kakinada Rs. 22,000 crores 2000 acre 2007-2012
    Reliance Ind lines up Rs 7 bn for biodiesel plant
    Kakinada multiproduct SEZ Financial closure October 2007.

    Rajahmundry
    New Bridge: From Kovvuru on the western side to Kateru-Konthamuru to join NH5 at Diwancheruvu. 4.5-km.

    Gangavaram Deepwater Port Project: 2800 acres (29 berths)
    The GoAP awarded the project for development to D.V. Raju and consortium in 2002 on BOT basis. (Rs.1850 crore, for 33 year period). By 2007-08, the promoters are supposed to commission one berth or two. Phase I: 2 breakwaters having a total length of approx 2.6 km and 5 berths

    Krishnapatnam port project:
    Krishnapatnam Port phase-I three berths: - June 2008.
    2x800 mw Krishnapatnam JV power project: Jul 2007 - Nov 2008. Rs. 8000 Cr
    K'Patnam -Obulavaripalli 114-km Railway track: ------ Jun 2010. Rs.588 Cr

    Nizampatnam port project: Mid-size port (by SKODA ) … Rs 10,000 crore. by 2010
    Machilipatnam Port: The project will cost Rs 1,200 crore and the feasibility report has been prepared by L&T.

    Nellore/ Naidupet / Menakuru/ Gudur/ Mambattu/ TADA:
    Southern India Mills Assn will set up 11 textile mills in one park investing Rs. 1,400 cr.
    Loyola Textile Mills Limited will set up another park with Rs.100 cr.
    A consortium of shoemakers would set up 35 units, to be set up in 2.5 acres
    100 acres of land to Chennai-based alloy steel company, RKKR Steels at Menakuru.
    MAS Holdings: Asian Apparel Fabric Technology Park Pvt Ltd. (AAFTP) will bring 20 textile and apparel units.
    APACHE, (Singapore (Adidas)), has been allotted a 315-acre site in at Mambattu in Tada mandal of
    MLR Car (diesel engine) Rs. 1000 cr

    (VGTM-UDA): The Vijayawada, Guntur, Tenali, Mangalagiri Urban Development Authority
    IT park: at Gannavaram in 33 acres of land.
    STPI: on the campus of Vijayawada Polytechnic 2 acres of land.

    ==
    BSNL to provide IPTV soon
    Deccan Chronicle
    Visakhapatnam, April 24: The Vizag office of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) will shortly provide satellite TV programmes through Internet Protocol TV (IPTV) to all the broad band users in the district. This is part of the State-wide programme to be launched in important cities shortly.

    The district has 5,000 broad band users and a large number of people were waiting to get the connection as the private service providers have failed to win the confidence of the people. A set and top box would be provided to the customers having broadband, says BSNL deputy general manager G.V. Ramakrishna.

    Talking to this correspondent here on Tuesday, Mr Ramakrishna said that the IPTV would be much cheaper and reliable. He said a pilot project was launched in Pune where more than 100 channels were being aired. The initial tariff was fixed at Rs 100 per month and the project was proved to be successful in Pune.

    All the consumers having landline connection were entitled for IPTV connection, he added. "But the tariff could be much less in Andhra Pradesh. The system would be provided in the State very shortly,’’ Mr Ramakrishna said. Along with TV, video-on-demand and gaming would be given to the consumer as an added attraction, he said. He added that the picture quality would be much better than what was being provided by the local operators.

    Regarding video-on-demand, the customers could pick up one movie from the menu card and place a request. The control office would download the movie and air as per the time requested. Tariff would be charged based on the movie, he added.

    The consumers could watch the IPTV through television sets and also through computers, he added. The IPTV would also increase the number of landline users and earn revenue to the government. The city has about 2 lakh landline customers, the DGM said.
    - Babji, a year ago
  • haven't heard of IPTV ever. what is this? is this on the lines of Direct-to-Home satellite service?
    - pding, 6 months ago
  • IPTV just a fancy name for TV over IP network.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IPTV


    Source : Informa Telecoms & Media
    Share of pay TV market (%)

    2005 : Cable 95.5 Satellite 4.2 IPTV 0.3
    is set to change
    2011: Cable 87.3 Satellite 7.9 IPTV 4.8

    Which means broadband can penetrate India by TV advertising revenue.
    - upendora, 6 months ago
  • Land acquisition under way
    ProjectsToday - Kakinada SEZ

    Kakinada SEZ, the special purpose vehicle implementing the petrochemicals special economic zone in Andhra Pradesh has so far acquired 8000 acres of land, according to project officials. With this over 80 per cent of land acquisition stands complete. The remaining 2,300 acres will be acquired over the next five months.

    Meanwhile, the master plan for the project is likely to be complete by May 2007 and financial closure is targeted for October 2007.

    Kakinada SEZ is a special purpose vehicle formed by Kakinada Seaports, Oil & Natural Gas Corporation and IL&FS. It is implementing the Kakinada SEZ project in Andhra Pradesh that would focus on petrochemicals and gas-based industries like ceramics. A power plant and an LNG terminal would provide infrastructure support to the proposed SEZ. [23 April 2007]
    - Babji, 5 months ago
  • URL: http://www.thehindu.com/2007/04/29/stories/2007042911420400.htm
    YSR to lay foundation for car unit
    Sangareddy: Minister for Heavy Industries J. Geetha Reddy said that Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy would lay the foundation for the MLR car manufacturing unit in Toopran on April 30. The ceremony would be held at Hyderabad. Speaking to reporters, the Minister said that the car manufacturing unit would encourage ancillary industries to set shop in the vicinity, thereby developing the Gajwel-Toopran area... MNC Dupont would invest Rs 200 crores in the district...
    M&M to shift proposed plant from AP to TN
    Saturday April 28 2007 12:37 IST Newindpress
    SANGAREDDY: Despite the avowed objective of promoting industries by offering various incentives, Andhra Pradesh has lost to neighbouring Tamil Nadu, a mega automobile unit that was planned to come up in the backward Telangana region.

    Having failed to secure a firm commitment from the State Government on infrastructural facilities, automobile major Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M), which wished to ground a new facility with an investment of Rs 500 crore adjacent to its existing unit at Zaheerabad in Medak district, finally shifted the proposed to unit to Tamil Nadu. The unit would have provided employment to hundreds of locals as it projected an annual turnover of Rs 2,000 crore...

    The company sought incentives like 4 million litres per day (MLD) of water free of cost for five years, sales tax benefits, quality and uninterrupted power at the rate of Rs 2 per unit, four lane road, high speed local trains between Zaheerabad and Hyderabad and social infrastructure like upgradation of the existing hospitals and opening of educational institutions...

    Though both sides were prepared to sign a Memorandum of Understanding, it could not materialise for various reasons. The company, which was under pressure from its business partner, decided to shift the proposed unit to Sriperumbudur near Chennai... When contacted, a senior official in the Industries Department, said that it was the water problem which forced the company to look to other states. We will negotiate with the firm to return to Andhra Pradesh, he said.
    - Babji, in a month
  • water problem??? the Krishna phase I/II canal diversion project should end this problem. and i understand, it's very close to completion and inauguration: 6 months???
    - pding, in 3 months
  • URL: http://www.thehindu.com/2007/04/30/stories/2007043003660600.htm
    Polavaram irrigation project in two years: YSR

    DUBACHARLA (WEST GODAVARI DIST): Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy on Sunday promised steps for completion of the Rs. 16,000-crore Indira Sagar (Polavaram) project within two years...

    The Chief Minister said that West Godavari district would be brought under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NGRES) next year. Responding to a plea made by ruling party MLA Vatti Vasanta Kumar, he recalled that 19 backward districts in the State were selected for the NGRES...

    Rs.500 cr. for bunds : The Chief Minister stated that the Government had undertaken the strengthening of Godavari bunds at an estimated cost of Rs. 500 crore...
    - Babji, in 3 months
  • ITDA to build 'ethnic' huts to attract tourists
    Monday April 30 2007 00:00 IST Newindpress
    PADERU: For the first time in the country, the Integrated Tribal Development Agency (ITDA) Paderu proposes to build cottages with complete tribal ambience all along the route from Araku to Paderu to attract tourists.

    Everything from food, games, fishing, dance and so forth will be tribal in style and character. It has been the tourists wont to confine themselves to Araku, Borra caves and Visakhapatnam city, leaving Paderu alone.

    Now, Paderu will start drawing more tourists, thanks to the unique project being taken up by ITDA in association with Andhra Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (APTDC) under the aegis of Indira Kranti Padham.

    Paderu, known as Andhra Ooty possessed the potential to become one of India's best tourist destinations but it had to play a second fiddle to Araku and Borra caves due for various reasons. There is nothing that Paderu lacks - thick forests, pristine water bodies, the ethnic culture of primitive tribal groups and cool climate which won it the sobriquet Andhra Ooty or poor man's Ooty... It will present a jungle village tourism concept enabling the tourists to revel in the tribal culture and traditions and relish the tribal cuisine too.

    Besides promoting tourism it will take people close to lesser known tribal communities. There will be horse-riding and activities like swimming in the local ponds...
    - Babji, in 4 months
  • Deccan Chronicle
    Gold, diamonds in 42 sites

    Hyderabad, May 1: Gold and diamond deposits have been found at 42 locations in Kurnool, Anantapur, Mahbubnagar and Krishna districts in the State. Aerial surveys conducted by 11 prospecting companies, including De Beers India Prospecting Pvt Ltd and Geomysore, have been completed and the companies will now take up ground survey. The State government has informed the Centre of the find and sought permission of undertaking ground survey, minister for mines Sabita Indra Reddy told this correspondent.

    "The ground survey will help to ascertain the quantum of deposits. For undertaking this survey, we need permission of the Central government again and we are awaiting clearance," the minister added. Meanwhile, a review meeting of the mines and geology department chaired by Ms Reddy decided to permit free lifting of sand for Indiramma housing scheme, black chips at a subsidised rate and extend the ban on lifting of sand around bridges, irrigation and other projects from the present one km to three km.

    The minister also said that the government was awaiting central clearance for permitting the Jindal group to take up bauxite mining in Visakhapatnam. Ms Reddy said "the mines and geology department earned Rs 1,363 crores in financial year 2006-2007 and expect to generate Rs 1,750 crores in the current financial year. Andhra Pradesh stood first in the country in earning more revenue, even by surpassing Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh which are well known for mineral wealth."
    - Babji, in 4 months
  • Vijayawada Autonagar to be developed
    Wednesday May 2 2007 12:37 IST Newindpress
    VIJAYAWADA: The development of the Jawahar Autonagar in the city will be taken up at an estimated cost of Rs 60 crore, of which Rs 30 crore has already been sanctioned, Andhra Pradesh Industrial Infrastructure Corporation (APIIC) managing director and vice-chairman B P Acharya has said.

    Addressing a gathering at Autonagar Technicians' Hall here on Tuesday, he said a trade centre, a critical machine centre and a testing centre would be set up at autonagar.

    He said a mobile Karmika Rakshak vehicle, intended to create awareness about HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis among the workers, would be stationed at Vijaywada for two days every week, he said.

    Earlier, he inaugurated a cement road at the Fifth Cross Road of Autonagar and a free mineral water plant provided by Laila Group of Industries managing director Gokaraju Ganga Raju. A free medical camp was organised and medicines were distributed to workers free of cost.

    The members of the Vijayawada Auto Cluster Development Company Limited (VACDCL) urged the APIIC managing director to consider the waiver of fee for building plans, testing centre and machinery centre in Kanuru, trade centre in old District Industries Centre land in Autonagar.

    They also urged the MD to consider the waiver of lease amount for 1.34 acres for the land allotted by APIIC for common testing and critical machinery centre...
    - Babji, in 5 months
  • URL: http://www.thehindu.com/2007/05/03/stories/2007050318780400.htm
    Night landing a reality in Vizag, Tirupati airports
    HYDERABAD: Extension of runway and installation of night landing facility in the Visakhapatnam and Tirupati airports are now complete and awaiting inauguration. Work on the development of Vijayawada airport is yet to commence while tenders have been called for different works in Rajahmundry airport.

    A 10,000-foot long elevated runway has been constructed in Visakhapatnam with night landing facility. Instrument landing system (ILS) has been installed at the airport. Once the Director-General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) accords green signal, these services will be put to operation... The ILS facilitates landing of aircraft with a minimum visibility of 800 metres to 1.2 km in the event of thick fog against normal visibility range of 3 km to 5 km... Aside from these facilities, a new terminal building with three aerobridges and additional capacity to handle international travellers and landing facility for international aircraft at a cost of Rs. 100 crore would also come up by December 2007...

    Night landing facility would be inaugurated at Tirupati airport anytime, he said, adding that the State Government had sought the installation of ILS in this airport. Twelve solar panel lights were fitted on the Tirumala hills to caution the aircraft...

    Extension of runway from 5,735 feet in Vijayawada and 6,000 feet in Rajahmundry to 7,500 feet, and corresponding extension/installation of night landing facility, building a modern terminal building to handle 300 passengers (Vijayawada) and 150 passengers (Rajahmundry) and refuelling facility Doppler very high frequency omni range (DVOR) formed part of the development.
    - Babji, in 6 months
  • URL: http://www.thehindu.com/2007/05/03/stories/2007050318780400.htm

    :banana: Thats really good news for both Vizag and Tirupati and hope they both get inaugurated soon. Considering government's efforts to expand and develop Vizag in IT/ES and better connectivity for piligrims to Tirupati, if it translates to more flights.


    :cheers:
    - vamsireddy, in 6 months
  • WB to fund four-lane road
    Deccan Chronicle
    Vijayawada, May 4: A team of experts which visited several villages on behalf of the World Bank on Friday proposed to acquire private lands for laying a four-lane road between Eluru in West Godavari and Machilipatnam in Krishna district.

    They said constructions on Gudivada Road in Pedana mandal should be removed for widening the road. Structures on either side of the road from Bantumilli centre should be removed for the purpose. The experts team held an awareness meeting with people and public representatives at Nadumuru and asked them whether they were in favour of laying a four-lane road of 180 feet width. People who attended the meeting said they were not against the development of the road and asked officials to provide attractive compensation and rehabilitation for those losing lands and other structures.

    The team members asked the local officials to initiate steps for removal of structures and pay compensation before taking up the works. They also suggested rehabilitation for those losing dwellings. The four-lane road is being funded by the World bank, they said. Engineering expert Madhusudan told reporters that 2,000 km-long roads would be developed by the Andhra Pradesh Road Development Corporation in the State. These roads are spread over Coastal Andhra, Telangana and Rayalas-eema...

    The road between Eluru and Machilipatnam via Hanuman Junction has been taken up in the first phase of the programme, he said, adding that the entire programme would be completed in five phases. He said reasonable compensation would be given to those who lose land for the road widening...
    - Babji, in 7 months
  • AP okays first river link plan
    Deccan Chronicle
    Khammam, May 7: Taking the first step towards implementation of the river linking programme, the State government on Monday accorded administrative sanction to the diversion of the Godavari river water to the Krishna basin. The project is the first of its kind in the country.

    According to officials, about 165 thousand million cubic (tmc) feet water from the Godavari river at Dummugudem would be pumped to the tail pond of the Nagarjunnasagar project, where water would join the left canal which supplies water to farms in Nalgonda, Khammam and Krishna districts.

    A separate canal, not linked to Rajivsagar (Dummugudem) Lift Irrigation Scheme and Indirasagar (Rudramkota) Lift Irrigation Scheme, would be dug from Dummugudem. The 259.34 km long canal would pass through Khammam and Nalgonda districts...
    - Babji, in a year
  • URL: http://www.thehindu.com/2007/05/08/stories/2007050812760300.htm
    Rs. 25,000-cr. steel factory in Kadapa by 2017

    KADAPA: Brahmani Steels will establish a steel factory in Jammalamadugu constituency with an investment of Rs. 25,000 crores and an installed capacity of 10 million tonnes by 2017, its promoter G. Janardhana Reddy, an MLC at Bellary, said on Monday.

    The steel factory would be the biggest in the country and would generate direct employment to 25,000 persons and indirect employment to two lakh persons in the area, Mr. Janardhana Reddy told newsmen at Kadapa aerodrome.

    Earlier, Mr. Reddy made an aerial inspection of suitable sites in Jammalamadugu in a helicopter owned by him, along with Karnataka Tourism and Textiles Minister Sriramulu, Jammalamadugu MLA C. Adinarayana Reddy and District Collector M.T. Krishna Babu. Mr. Janardhana Reddy said he would invest Rs. 4,500 crores on the steel factory within the next two years in the first phase and would generate direct employment to 5,000 persons.

    The MLC said he would discuss about facilities offered by the State Government with Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy on his return from a tour of the US. The factory required 8,000 acres of land and two tmcft. of water...
    - Babji, in a year
  • URL: http://www.thehindu.com/2007/05/08/stories/2007050812760300.htm

    Will it be bigger than laksmi mittal's planned steel plant in orissa?Who is this guy janardhana Reddy (MLC fro bellary,Karnataka ) who is planning a huge integrated steel plant with out any colloboration or financial tie up?( In the TV interview he denied tie up with a any steel plants in China) Never heard about him earlier even though claims are made of his strong finances.
    - ranga, in a year
  • State to get first petro complex
    Deccan Chronicle
    Hyderabad, May 8: The State has fulfilled all required parameters and is set to get the first Petroleum, Chemicals and Petrochemical Investment Region (PCPIR) in the country in the Visakhapatnam-Kakinada coastal corridor. The government will make a formal claim after the announcement of the policy in next 10 days, AP Industrial Infrastructure Corporation managing director B.P. Acharya told this correspondent from New Delhi.

    “Ours is the only State where the government is already in possession of the required land and two anchor clients are committing to an investment of Rs 50,000 crores,” Mr Acharya said. Mr Acharya represented the State at a round table meeting jointly organised by FICCI and the Union ministry of chemicals and launched by Union minister for chemicals and fertilisers Ram Vilas Paswan.

    Mr Acharya said the Centre would give Rs 1,000 crores for infrastructure development and it would be the State’s responsibility to provide infrastructure including power, water and roads. A PCPIR would be a specifically delineated investment region of 250 square kilometers to establish manufacturing facilities for domestic and export led production in petroleum, chemicals and petrochemicals.

    As per the policy, 100 square kilometers (approximately 25,000 acres) should be made available for the processing zone. The State showed 132 sq km for the purpose. The State has five Special Economic Zones and two public sector undertakings, HPCL and ONGC, committed to invest Rs 50,000 crores including the proposed HPCL refinery worth Rs 30,000 crores.

    The TN government staked claim for the first time to set up the PCPIR at Cuddalore and Karnataka wanted to have it in Mangalore. But in both the places the respective governments did not project possession of land. West Bengal, another contender, skipped Tuesday’s meeting. Though Gujarat to some extent is ready for the project, the State government was of the view that its preparedness would not be a problem in view of the Centre’s decision to have at least four PCPIRs.
    - Babji, in a year
  • Will it be bigger than laksmi mittal's planned steel plant in orissa?Who is this guy janardhana Reddy (MLC fro bellary,Karnataka ) who is planning a huge integrated steel plant with out any colloboration or financial tie up?( In the TV interview he denied tie up with a any steel plants in China) Never heard about him earlier even though claims are made of his strong finances.

    There seems to be a lot of hype in this news. Looks like an attention getter.
    We need to wait and see to learn more about it.
    - Babji, in a year
  • URL: http://www.thehindu.com/2007/05/10/stories/2007051015750100.htm
    Landing system calibration likely today
    VISAKHAPATNAM: The much-awaited in-flight calibration of the Instrument Landing System (ILS) by the special Dornier aircraft of the Airport Authority of India at the 10,000-ft new runway of the Visakhapatnam airport is likely to be taken up on Thursday as the technical team from Delhi is presently undertaking recalibration work at the Kolkata airport.

    Sources said if everything goes on well, the necessary approval for using new runway laid in the east-west direction of the airport and the Category-I ILS might be obtained by the Director-General of Civil Aviation by the month-end and there is a move to invite Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Defence Minister A.K. Antony to inaugurate the facilities, including the night-landing facility, which had come up at a cost of Rs. 200 crores with the Navy spending three-fourths of the amount...

    Ground support: The sources said in other airports the team carries out its job even during normal flight operations. Anticipating the arrival of the five-member aircraft team, another team has already come to the city to provide ground support during calibration. The work is likely to last a couple of days as various technicalities of calibration like approach, level run, angle check and pattern check of the ILS had to be carried out...
    - Babji, in a year
  • Buddhist sites to turn into hot spots
    Roli Srivastava [10 May, 2007 l 0407 hrs ISTlTIMES NEWS NETWORK]
    HYDERABAD: Kalachakra, the mega Buddhist event held in Amaravati last year, has left the AP tourism department chanting 'Buddham Saranam Gachami'...

    Tourism department officials say that the state has 152 Buddhist sites and about 17 of these have been identified for development or are already being developed. The state archaeological department, the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) and the tourism department are jointly working on this initiative. The interest in Buddhism is not without reason. For starters, there has been a rise in the number of tourists to AP's Buddhist sites from Taiwan, Japan, Thailand, Korea, Indonesia and Malaysia ever since the Kalachakra was held. Enough reason to believe that these sites, once developed, would lead to better traffic and revenue.

    Also, the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) toured the state in November, 2006, as part of its initiative to develop Buddhist sites in India. It has now asked for an estimate from the AP state government on the amount of money required for the development of the Buddhist destinations in AP. Separate estimates will be provided by the AP tourism, the state archaeology department and the ASI that will then be submitted to JBIC.

    Nine sites have been identified around Vizag alone for development by the tourism department and ASI too has drawn up its own list of Stupas and Viharas that need to be developed.

    The tourism department is also in talks with Thai Airways and Sri Lanka airlines to facilitate tie-ups between these airlines and hotels in Buddhist destinations wherein the airlines would offer information on hotels in these Buddhist sites to travellers flying to Hyderabad...

    "AP is the only state in India with 152 Buddhist sites. While ASI has developed many sites in the state, there are still some that need to be developed," says D Jitendar Das superintending archaeologist and director ASI. Nonetheless, these 152 sites have been divided into three circuits— Hyderabad, Vijayawada and Vizag—that would include areas surrounding these cities, Das says.
    - Babji, in 2 years
  • CM transforms his hometown
    Deccan Chronicle
    Kadapa, May 10: Pulivendla, the hometown of Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhar Reddy, has changed beyond recognition in the last three years. The 70-km silky smooth road from Kadapa to Pulivendla is the most obvious instance of the change that has dawned on the once sleepy town nestled within barren hillocks. Before Mr Rajasekhar Reddy took over, this stretch was a road user’s nightmare. Now it offers a dream journey. Even at night, travel is smooth and pleasant as the entire road is dotted with reflectors which glow when headlights hit them. In fact, the road looks like an illuminated airstrip...

    The pace of change in Pulivendla is so fast that locals are aghast. It is almost a repeat of former chief minister N. Chandrababu Naidu’s frenetic nurturing of his hometown Kuppam. Mr Rajasekhar Reddy personally monitors the development works every month and has appointed an officer on special duty to ensure speedy completion of works. The Chief Minister heli-hopped from Hyderabad to Pulivendla 49 times in 36 months...

    There are even people who say that the development is a bit over the top for a fledgling municipality of 60,000-odd people. A visitor to the town is greeted by several Congress-coloured Indiramma houses, Pulivendla Polymers, a Reliance petrol bunk and the general commotion caused by trucks clearing debris and workers laying underground drainage pipes. “I want water supply and drainage schemes to be completed by June 2008,” is the chief minister’s order and it rings in the minds of supervisors.

    Work is going on at feverish pitch since the chief minister is expected to set up camp here for two days. The list of projects coming up is mind-boggling. They include a Rs 47.60 crore underground drainage system, Rs 33.60 crore drinking water scheme, Rs 14 crore road project, Rs 4 crore shopping complex, Rs 6 crore JNTU Engineering College, Rs 3 crore social welfare hostel, Rs 10 crore school of excellence, Rs 1.02 crore municipal Office and a 100-bed hospital.

    Apart from this, an IIIT is coming up at Edupulapaya estate and a hockey academy and indoor stadium at Rangapuram. The town is also getting Rs 30 crore annually for comprehensive development of model villages. Pulivendla Municipality Vice Chairman Y.S. Manohar Reddy, cousin of the chief minister, vouches that Pulivendula will be a modern town in the next two years. “The works will be completed on time,” he says. “We are also focusing on employment generation and setting up of more industries.”

    Land prices have shot up in the area, and as in Hyderabad, realtors are trying to make hay while the development sun shines. Land that cost Rs 20,000 per acre is now going for Rs 3 lakh. Though most town dwellers are overawed by the development bonanza, Ananth Reddy, a farmer of Tatimakulapalli village, has other priorities...

    Along with development, gambling and boozing have increased in a big way. But even those who cheer the development are worried about what will happen if Mr Rajasekhar Reddy does not return to power in 2009. Will Pulivendla go the Kuppam way? Only time will tell.
    - Babji, in 2 years
  • i wonder how much of these funds are going into the CM's kitty???
    - pding, in 2 years
  • Andhra Pradesh has emerged as one of the frontrunner states for the proposed Petroleum, Chemicals and Petrochemicals Investment Regions (PCPIR) with close to 30,000 acres of land already available on its coastline for the purpose.

    While the three ports and the two big anchor clients, ONGC and HPCL, present in the proposed PCPIR between Rajamhundry and Visakhapatnam make the state an attractive destination for investments in this sector, the hassle-free land acquisition has turned out be its biggest advantage, post Nandigram violence.....

    http://www.business-standard.com/common/storypage_c.php?leftnm=10&autono=284110
    - vamsireddy, in 2 years
  • http://www.hindu.com/2007/05/12/stories/2007051208210500.htm

    HYDERABAD: The Government of Singapore has decided to depute a Minister to study the investment opportunities in Andhra Pradesh.

    Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and senior Minister Goh Thok Tang said their country was interested in exploring possibilities of investments in construction, port development, industrial parks, biotechnology and municipal waste management and other areas. They asked the State Government to organise a daylong seminar on the opportunities in the State and it was their responsibility to mobilise the industrialists to visit the State.

    The two leaders were interacting with Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy and who arrived in Singapore on Friday. Assuring them that a Minister would be deputed to monitor the investment proposals from Singapore, the Chief Minister said the Government would soon conduct the seminar on showcasing the opportunities in the State.
    - grimmm, in 2 years
  • URL: http://www.thehindu.com/2007/05/14/stories/2007051401310200.htm
    Smaller cities in State on fast track development ... the Central Government has, in principle, accorded sanction to 29 SEZs in the Information Technology and IT enabled services sectors. The approval would help the Congress Government realise its dream of taking IT services to the "last mile" as a majority of the proposed SEZs are located in tier-II and tier-III cities...

    Huge demand : Thanks to these efforts, IT majors like Satyam, Wipro and Infotech Enterprises have already started pumping money into their ventures in Visakhapatnam and Kakinada. Tirupati is, of late, turning out to be another attractive investment destination due to its proximity to Chennai and Bangalore. Several major ventures including the state of the art IT towers in Vijayawada with a built up area of one million sq. ft. are in different stages of construction...

    Tata Consultancy Services, Infosys, Novartis, Accenture, Analog Devices, Motorola and GE capital have signed accords for setting up new ventures...

    Even as Hyderabad is set to clock the Rs. 19,000 crore mark in IT exports during the previous fiscal ended March 31, up 51 per cent from Rs. 12,500 crores in the previous year...

    Key role : The city's talent pool has, no doubt, played a key role in some of the global projects like the development of crucial components for Microsoft's latest Windows Vista version. The absence of dedicated research facilities will, however, be compensated by the Fab City project, the US $ 3 billion mega venture, if the Government succeeds in overcoming the initial hurdles.

    Coupled with this was the delay in finalising the deal with Nano Tech Silicon India Pvt Ltd., the unit promoted by Dr. Jun Min of Korea with US $ 600 million investment for manufacturing the 8'' Fab. The Government has finally taken the responsibility on to itself by confining the role of SemIndia as an anchor client for the Fab City project while opening the doors for other investors to pump in their investments... As efforts to persuade Nano Tech India to firm up its proposals fast have intensified, the Government is hopeful of wooing hardware majors like Intel and Qualcom to announce investments in the Fab City in the coming weeks.
    - Babji, in 2 years
  • Deccan Chronicle
    $65m WB aid for women

    Hyderabad, May 17: The World Bank has extended a $65 million loan to expand the women’s self-help group movement in the State. Acknowledging the achievements of SHGs, World Bank authorities cleared the loan for use in the next financial year. The rural development department had asked the World Bank to extend financial assistance to SHGs as Andhra Pradesh was the only State to achieve targets specified in the earlier loan.

    Principal Secretary (rural development) K. Raju said that the loan would help the State continue the Indira Kranthi Patham up to September 2009. IKP is a State-wide poverty reduction project meant to enable villagers to improve their livelihoods. It aims to cover all the rural poor households in the State. Special focus will be on the 30 lakh poorest of the poor households.

    In fact, IKP is the single largest poverty reduction project being run in South Asia. Community investment fund is the major component in the project, which is provided to self-help groups to support steps for socio-economic empowerment of rural women. There are 4,76,930 self- help groups federated into 28,080 village organisations and 700 mandal samakhyas.
    - Babji, in 2 years
  • URL: http://www.thehindu.com/2007/05/22/stories/2007052210400400.htm
    Clearance for 7 major proposals
    Each project involves investment of over 100 cr. each * Special alloy steel unit for Nellore district

    HYDERABAD: The State Investment Promotion Board (SIPB) cleared seven major proposals each involving investment in excess of Rs. 100 crore on Monday. At a meeting held here under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, the SIPB cleared:

    Brahmani Industries Limited involving an investment of Rs. 4,500 crore in the first phase,
    PV solar module assembly line unit proposed by Solar Semiconductor at the Fab City,
    RKKR Steels project in Nellore district,
    overhaul facility proposed by GMR Hyderabad International Airport, and
    AGI Glaspac glass unit at Bhongir among others.
    Deccan Chronicle:
    Kadapa gets steel plant
    Fab City gets solar project
    Hyderabad, May 21: Bramhani Industries Limited will set up a mega integrated steel plant in Kadapa district with an initial investment of Rs 4,500 crores. The State Investment Promotion Board chaired by Chief Minister Y.S. Raja-sekhar Reddy cleared the proposal here on Monday.

    Within no time, major industries principal secretary B. Som Bob signed a memorandum of understanding with Bramhani Industries chairman G. Janardhan Reddy, in the presence of the Chief Minister and industries minister J. Geetha Reddy. Mr Janardhan Reddy announced that the foundation stone for the steel plant would be set on June 10.

    "This is a memorable day," said the Chief Minister. "The plant will provide large-scale employment." The plant would start with a capacity of two million tonnes and double it within four years. The company will be given 7,000 acres in Vemaguntapalli, Kothaguntapalli and P. Bommepalli villages of Jammalamadugu mandal and two TMC of water from Gandikota reservoir.

    "There is no question of rehabilitation since there are no habitations there," said the Chief Minister. The SIPB cleared a proposal by Solar Semiconductor Private Limited, promoted by non-resident Indian businessman Hari Surapaneni, to set up a Rs 4,500 crore assembly line.

    It also cleared proposals worth Rs 10,600 crores, including the Rs 100-crore Maintenance Repair Overhaul facility of GMR-Lufthansa at the Shamshabad international airport, the Rs 300-crore expansion of MRF truck tyres, and the Rs-400 crore RKKR Steels project in Nellore; Rs 361-crore expansion of Amaravathi Textiles in Prakasam district and a container glass manufacturing facility in Bhongir.
    - Babji, in 2 years
  • URL: http://www.thehindu.com/2007/05/29/stories/2007052908470400.htm
    Gas supply: YSR's plea to Manmohan
    HYDERABAD: Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy on Monday urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to "find an early solution" to the gas shortage faced by the State, by ensuring ONGC/GAIL honour their supply commitments.

    He told the Chief Miniters' conference on the power sector in Delhi that the ONGC/GAIL supply to the State was just sufficient to support only 50 per cent of the installed capacity for which it was intended. As a result, about 2,080 mw capacity was left idle, including 1,499 mw of the four completed gas-based projects.

    Concern over pricing : Dr. Reddy referred to the pricing of gas for power generation as yet "another area of great concern", as it constituted 75 per cent of the end-tariff of consumers. The pricing could not be left to the so-called market mechanism, he said, calling for a market regulator to cover the upstream natural gas price.

    He demanded a certain percentage of share to the State in petroleum production, in line with the new exploration licensing policy, in which the share was termed "profit petroleum."

    Highlighting the power shortage in the State, he sought additional quota out of the unallocated share from the Central generation stations. For the present, nearly 598 mw was due to the State under this head.

    Dr. Reddy listed the new projects taken up by the Government to end the deficit and achieve self-sufficiency in generation capacity by 2012. The State's overall capacity would touch 13,367 mw shortly. The Chief Minister mentioned rationalisation of power tariff by a progressive reduction in cross-subsidies and transmission and distribution losses.
    - Babji, in 2 years
  • Rediff.com Business
    Andhra IT exports jump 48% to $4.5bn
    Syed Amin Jafri in Hyderabad | May 29, 2007 17:19 IST

    The IT/ITES exports from Andhra Pradesh have crossed Rs 18,582 crore ($ 4.5 billion) in the fiscal year 2006-07 as against Rs 12,521 crore in fiscal 2005-06. This represents a 48% increase in exports in 2006-07 compared to the earlier year. Hyderabad accounted for bulk of the IT/ITES exports, with the port city of Visakhapatnam coming a distant second.

    Announcing the performance of IT/ITES sector in the 2006-07 fiscal year, STPI Hyderabad director E Manoj Kumar said that the state has targeted IT/ITES exports of over Rs 25,000 crore ($ six billion) during the current fiscal year 2007-08. He said that the state is poised to post a growth of 33 to 35 percent in this fiscal.

    "Andhra Pradesh has recorded steady growth rate in IT/ITES exports achieving 48 percent increase over the previous year's exports against the national average growth rate of 33 percent. Once again, AP has proved as a major IT growth centre in the country. The growth in Tier-II cities is also steadily catching up.

    Visakhapatnam has emerged as the next destination in the state recording a growth of more than 100 percent over the previous year's exports. The other cities like Vijayawada, Tirupati and Warangal are also contributing to the growth of the IT sector in the state," Kumar pointed out.

    He said that as many as 174 new units had been added in 2006-07 fiscal year as STP units. "The growth is stable as in the previous year as we can see that there are three to four additions every week on the average. Major companies such as Broadridge Financial Solutions, DMV Market Research, Gameshastra, HSBC Software Development, Hyundai Engineering, Pindarset BPO, Tech Mahindra, Thomson Corporation, Xilinx Technology Services, Zensar etc started their operations in Hyderabad during the year," said Kumar. "Also, 185 existing companies expanded their activities indicating the consistent growth. 34 foreign companies were added during the year in addition to 140 Indian companies," he added.

    The STPI Hyderabad Director said that during the year, two IT Parks were added to meet the growing infrastructure requirements of the industry. Many companies, including Polaris, Franklin Templeton, Kanbay and UBS established their campuses in Hyderabad, which is an indicator that the state has emerged as their permanent business destination.

    The projected investments by the newly registered units are estimated at Rs 1,900 crore (Rs 19bn), including Rs 603 crore (Rs 6.03bn) in foreign companies, Rs 626 crore (Rs 6.26bn) in Indian companies and Rs 671 crore (Rs 6.71bn) in IT parks.

    Thanks to the robust growth in exports, the share of Andhra Pradesh in the IT/ITES exports during 2006-07 has grown to 14 percent of the total IT/ITES exports of Rs 134,000 crore ($ 30 billion) from the country.

    Five companies recorded exports of Rs 1,000 crore (Rs 10bn) and above; three companies accounted for exports between Rs 500 crore to Rs 1,000 crore (Rs 5bn-Rs10bn); 24 companies notched up exports between Rs 100 crore to Rs 500 crore (Rs 1bn-Rs5bn) and 387 companies clocked exports in the range of Rs 1 crore to Rs 100 crore (Rs10mn-Rs 1bn).

    Almost 68 percent of the IT/ITES exports from AP were made to USA and Canada, with Europe coming next with 18 percent, Asia Pacific and Middle East countries with 11 percent and other geographical areas accounting for the remaining three percent.

    Segment-wise, IT services accounted for 44 percent of the exports, followed by ITES/BPO with 33 percent and enterprise applications and other segments with 23 percent.

    AP IT Secretary Shailendra Kumar Joshi said that the Alsbridge survey report has named Visakhapatnam as one among the top 10 outsourcing destinations in India. Export growth from the port city was 100 percent during 2006-07 and the exports crossed the Rs 245 crore (Rs 2.45bn) mark.

    Major companies, which began operations in Vizag during the year include HSBC, Satyam and Wipro.

    A new IT corridor is coming up in Rishikonda and exports from Vizag are expected to reach Rs 1,000 crore annually by 2010.

    The total employment in the IT sector in the state has reached 187,450 at the end of 2006-07 fiscal year, compared to 151,789 at the end of the previous year.

    Thus, over 35,000 jobs were added in the IT/BPO sector in a single year. About four lakh (4,00,000) new jobs are likely to be added in the IT/BPO sector in the state in the next two years, including 1.5 lakh (1,50,000) in the current year and 2.5 lakh (2,50,000) in the next fiscal, Joshi added.

    The STPI Hyderabad director said that AP's growth was the highest at 48.4 percent among the southern states, with Tamil Nadu coming second with 46 percent and Karnataka ranking third with 29 percent growth.

    However, Andhra Pradesh continued to rank fourth in terms of IT/ITES exports among the states in the country, with Karnataka (exports of Rs 48,000 crore or Rs 480bn), Maharashtra (figures yet to be announced) and Tamil Nadu (Rs 18,586 crore or Rs 185.86bn) occupying the top three slots.

    However, AP's share of total IT/ITES exports in the country is likely to rise to 18 percent in the current fiscal year 2007-08.
    - Babji, in 2 years
  • Rediff.com Business

    How come TN software export is Rs 18,586? I remember reading somewhere Rs 21,700. Either this news article is incorrect or the over enthusiastic TN govt. revealed a "projected" figure even before official figures were out. :bash:
    - Sunny78, in 2 years
  • http://www.daijiworld.com/news/news_disp.asp?n_id=34004&n_tit=Bangalore+Airport+Design+Flawed+-+Aviation+Ministry
    - Sunny78, in 2 years
  • How come TN software export is Rs 18,586? I remember reading somewhere Rs 21,700. Either this news article is incorrect or the over enthusiastic TN govt. revealed a "projected" figure even before official figures were out. :bash:


    http://www.blonnet.com/2007/05/05/stories/2007050504282100.htm

    from babji's article......
    The STPI Hyderabad director said that AP's growth was the highest at 48.4 percent among the southern states, with Tamil Nadu coming second with 46 percent and Karnataka ranking third with 29 percent growth.


    btw sunny78... let's not discuss TN's export figures in the AP forums.....:)
    - wcgokul, in 2 years
  • How come TN software export is Rs 18,586? I remember reading somewhere Rs 21,700. Either this news article is incorrect or the over enthusiastic TN govt. revealed a "projected" figure even before official figures were out. :bash:

    TN software exports for the period ended 2006 was Rs 14000 crores.I saw in THE BUSINESS LINE paper a few days back that the TN export figure for the fiscal year ended 2007 is Rs20,700 crores a growth of 46% over the previous year.A.P figures were not announced yet at that time but were confident of achieving more than Rs18,500 crores and it may breach even Rs 19000 crores mark. There is typographical error in the above mentioned article. It appears the figure pertaining to A.P is inadvertently typed.:)
    - ranga, in 2 years
  • here is some related news from a previous post in Hyd Proj Updates.
    there might be some mis-representations. perhaps, one of us could prepare a comparative table ...
    (just for informations sake - there is no competition) :)
    URL: http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/2007/03/20/stories/2007032004941100.htm
    Software exports from AP set to top $4 billion

    Hyderabad March 19 Software exports from Andhra Pradesh, mainly Hyderabad, are set to cross $4 billion (Rs 18,000 crore) and may even touch Rs 19,000 crore in 2006-07.

    In 2003-04, software exports from the State had topped the $1-billion mark.
    The year would see a repeat of last fiscal's growth of over 50 per cent in overall exports from the State, with Hyderabad accounting for a majority and with some contribution from the tier II centres of Visakhapatnam and Vijayawada.

    Ms Ratna Prabha, Secretary, Information Technology and Communication, told Business Line: "The export performance in the first three quarters was very encouraging and we are certain about crossing Rs 18,000 crore. We had indicated at Rs 19,000 crore, and we may even hit that mark."

    The growth is being led by expansion projects of most major companies such as TCS, Infosys, Satyam and Wipro and some MNCs. TCS is looking at further ramping up operations in Hyderabad.

    SPECIAL ZONES : On IT SEZs, Ms Ratna Prabha said that they are being implemented and their impact on the State would be felt over 2-3 years. On the hardware policy clearance and new proposals coming up for consideration, she said: "We continue to actively discuss with companies and are always willing to help them set up projects in the State. Recently, Videocon was here expressing interest. However, we have become selective in land allocation."

    The State Government, along with Software Technology Parks of India, is actively encouraging companies to locate centres in tier II cities. Vizag has become the second major centre. Last fiscal it contributed Rs 109 crore, while Vijayawada (Rs 33 crore) and Tirupati (Rs 5 crore) also chipped in.

    Last fiscal's software exports of Rs 12,521 crore accounted for 12.5 per cent of total exports of Rs 1,00,809 crore. The State is hoping that this would go up to 15 per cent in the near future.
    URL: http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/2007/05/05/stories/2007050504282100.htm
    TN software sector exports rise 47%

    Chennai May 4 Tamil Nadu software industry reported a 47 per cent increase in exports in 2006-07 and is close to reaching a total employee base of two lakh. Revenue nearly doubled in the last two years to Rs 20,701 crore in 2006-07 from Rs 10,730 crore in 2004-05. In 2005-06, the exports were Rs 14,115 crore.

    For fiscal ending March 2007, the industry had 1.95 lakh people, a 35 per cent increase over previous year's number of 1.45 lakh, according to data provided by the Software Technology Parks of India (STPI), Chennai.

    Out of the Rs 20,701 crore, the units under STPI contributed Rs 19,813 crore and units under Madras Export Processing Zone and Special Economic Zone contributed Rs 618 crore. Seven companies contributed above Rs 1,000 crore, the data says.

    STP Units : Hardware exports from 16 units increased by 42 per cent to Rs 398 crore (Rs 281 crore). During 2006-07, 162 new units registered under STPI, the data says. Out of the total exports, application software and system software contributed Rs 14,077 crore (68 per cent of total exports); IT - enabled services Rs 3,519 crore (17 per cent); communication software, VLSI design and Web solutions Rs 1,242 crore (6 per cent); product/packages Rs 1,656 crore (8 per cent) and consultancy Rs 207 crore (1 per cent), the data says.

    According to the data, the STP units occupied 25 million sq ft in 2006-07 compared with 20 million in the previous year. Further, 18 IT parks were approved under the STP scheme during 2006-07 and the total area developed by these parks was 11 million sq ft. Pondicherry contributed revenue of Rs 43.58 crore during 2006-07 (Rs 28.78 crore), a 51.42 per cent growth. The industry here employs around 1,600 people, the data says.
    K'taka IT exports sniff $12 bn mark
    TIMES NEWS NETWORK[ TUESDAY, MAY 22, 2007 02:26:04 AM]
    BANGALORE: IT exports from Karnataka in FY07 has taken a small hit, a fall of over 6% in its growth rate when compared with FY06. IT exports for FY07 stood at Rs 48,700 crore ($11.87 bn), recording a growth of 29.52% when compared with FY06.

    For FY06, exports stood at Rs 37,600 crore, while the growth was much higher at 36% over the previous year. The IT state, however, maintained its dominance as far as share of the total national pie is concerned, accounting for 37.46%. The growth has been marginally higher than the tentative estimates of the national growth of IT exports for FY07 at Rs 130,000 crore which is a growth of 28.95%, but neighbouring states like Tamil Nadu (46.6% growth on exports of Rs 20,701 crore) and Andhra Pradesh have put up great performances, even though these are on smaller bases.

    According to sources, the reasons for the hit could be saturation, expansion of companies in other cities like Hyderabad, Chennai and NCR, as well as the rupee appreciation. Mr J Parthasarathy, director, STPI Bangalore, told ET that he expects growth in FY08 to be between 28-30%. A calculation would then peg software exports for the current fiscal at about Rs 63,000 crore. It is also to be mentioned that Karnataka has projected $20 billion in exports and 10 lakh jobs by 2010. Hardware exports from the state in FY07 stood at Rs 2,950 crore, a growth of 18.95 % over Rs 2,480 crore in FY06. Mr Parthasarathy said, “Total investments during the year in the state amounted to Rs 3,000 crore, with about Rs 500 crore going to tier-II cities.

    Some 173 new companies have begun operations in the year taking total number of registered companies to 1,973.” He added that 10 companies with revenues of over billion dollars have set up shop in the state. This includes names like Business Objects Software, Northern Operating Services, Brady Corporation, Goodrich Aerospace, Supervalu and AON Specialist.

    There are about 4.7 lakh IT/ITeS professionals in Karnataka with an addition of 70,000 people in FY07. As far as tier-II cities are concerned, Mysore has posted 94% growth to touch Rs 760 crore in software exports from Rs 392 crore; Mangalore saw 20% growth from Rs 570 crore to Rs 681.5 crore; and Hubli posted 75% growth to Rs 8.5 crore from Rs 4.9 crore.
    - Babji, in 2 years
  • There seems to be two diff comparisons...
    one is growth wise

    The STPI Hyderabad director said that AP's growth was the highest at 48.4 percent among the southern states, with Tamil Nadu coming second with 46 percent and Karnataka ranking third with 29 percent growth.
    the other is IT/ITES Exports wise
    However, Andhra Pradesh continued to rank fourth in terms of IT/ITES exports among the states in the country, with Karnataka (exports of Rs 48,000 crore or Rs 480bn), Maharashtra (figures yet to be announced) and Tamil Nadu (Rs 18,586 crore or Rs 185.86bn) occupying the top three slots.
    source: http://www.rediff.com/cms/print.jsp?docpath=//money/2007/may/29apit.htm
    Please feel free to correct, in case any of you find diff figures... :)
    - Babji, in 2 years
  • Rediff.com Business

    ^^ Excellent! - inline with projections. I had hoped that it would cross 19k nonetheless great news from AP IT industry. :cheers:
    - vamsireddy, in 3 years
  • TN software exports for the period ended 2006 was Rs 14000 crores.I saw in THE BUSINESS LINE paper a few days back that the TN export figure for the fiscal year ended 2007 is Rs20,700 crores a growth of 46% over the previous year.A.P figures were not announced yet at that time but were confident of achieving more than Rs18,500 crores and it may breach even Rs 19000 crores mark. There is typographical error in the above mentioned article. It appears the figure pertaining to A.P is inadvertently typed.:)

    There seems to be two diff comparisons...
    one is growth wise


    the other is IT/ITES Exports wise

    source: http://www.rediff.com/cms/print.jsp?docpath=//money/2007/may/29apit.htm
    Please feel free to correct, in case any of you find diff figures... :)

    ^^ Excellent! - inline with projections. I had hoped that it would cross 19k nonetheless great news from AP IT industry. :cheers:

    the competition for the second place becomes stiffer .....( it would take the states of AP,TN and MH at least 6-7 years and a hell of an effort to topple KA from top....)

    btw what's with the STPI websites.....seems like ages since anyone updated them.......
    - wcgokul, in 3 years
  • Mah has two major tier I IT centers (BOM and Pune)
    NCR region exports are divided between 3 states, Do we have any data on these 2 areas?
    - R2IChennai, in 3 years
  • URL: http://www.thehindu.com/2007/05/30/stories/2007053009770100.htm
    IT exports from A.P. hit a new high
    HYDERABAD: Continuing its robust growth in the Information Technology sector, the State registered software exports worth Rs. 18,582 crore (US $ 4.5 billion) during 2006-07, marking 48 per cent increase over the previous year's Rs. 12,521 crore.

    More than 170 companies, including 32 with foreign equity, started their operations in the State during the year with an estimated Rs. 1,900 crore-investment. The employment in the registered units went up by more than 35,000 from 1.51 lakh to 1.87 lakh during the year. Addressing a press conference here on Tuesday, Software Technology Parks of India (Hyderabad) director E. Manoj Kumar said the State stood fourth in the country contributing 14 per cent in the national software exports of Rs. 1.34 lakh crore.

    Karnataka with estimated Rs. 48,000 crore-exports continued to be in the first place followed by Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu. Software exports, constituting 53 per cent of the State's total exports, were expected to grow by 40 per cent during the current year and cross over Rs. 25,000 crore mark.

    Of the total units, five companies contributed exports of over Rs. 1,000 crore, three companies between Rs. 500 crore and Rs. 1,000 crore and 24 firms Rs. 100 crore to Rs. 500 crore. United States continued to be the major destination with 66 per cent share of exports, while exports to Europe and Asia Pacific countries also showed an increase. There had been an increased IT activity in the tier-II cities like Kakinada.
    The Hindu confirms the tally of exports. AP stood fourth in the country.
    - Babji, in 3 years
  • Mah has two major tier I IT centers (BOM and Pune)
    NCR region exports are divided between 3 states, Do we have any data on these 2 areas?

    Karnataka: 48700 crores ( 30 %)

    Maharashtra: ???????( some news about pune though.... link to news (http://www.blonnet.com/2007/04/14/stories/2007041402672100.htm) )

    TamilNadu: 20,701 crores (47%)

    Andhra Pradesh: 18582 crores (48%)

    NCR: ?????
    - wcgokul, in 3 years
  • Karnataka: 48700 crores ( 30 %)

    Maharashtra: ???????( some news about pune though.... link to news (http://www.blonnet.com/2007/04/14/stories/2007041402672100.htm) )

    TamilNadu: 20,701 crores (47%)

    Andhra Pradesh: 18582 crores (48%)

    NCR: ?????

    Its good to see three Southern metros in the top four list :)
    - Babji, in 3 years
  • Deccan Chronicle
    Railway station to get facelift
    Rajahmundry, May 29: Rajahmundry railway station is to get a facelift at a cost of Rs 5 crores by providing several amenities like a new entrance on the eastern side, installation of an escalator, extension of the foot overbridge, provision of more space on platforms two and three and several other amenities to come up in about six months.

    The much awaited provision of a second entrance into the railway station from the eastern side to ease vehicular traffic congestion, setting up a booking office, VIP lounge and all other amenities will be provided, similar to the facilities existing on the main platform.

    This work alone is expected to cost about Rs 3 crores. In addition, there will be extension of the foot overbridge connecting platforms on both ends of the station and demolition of some railway offices on platforms two and three in order to construct platform shelters.

    This will provide more space for commuters on these two platforms. Offices of the Railway Protection Force and General Railway Protection Force will be shifted to platform 1 on both ends. This is expected to cost Rs 2 crores. Apart from this, three ATM counters of the Canara Bank, State Bank of India and Union Bank of India are going to be set up on platform 1 in two to three months. One more touch screen facility in addition to the existing two will also be set up to help commuters find out information like availability of reservation, fare and other details...
    - Babji, in 4 years
  • the competition for the second place becomes stiffer .....( it would take the states of AP,TN and MH at least 6-7 years and a hell of an effort to topple KA from top....)

    btw what's with the STPI websites.....seems like ages since anyone updated them.......

    It will be difficult to surpass karnataka even in the long run.karnataka had a head start owing to the presence of electronic industry, premier educational institutes proactive Govt.The presence of Texas Instruments in Bangalore right from the 80s triggered investments from many other MNCs .Adding to that indigenous tigers like INFOSYS and WIPRO started to grow from Bangalore.
    Similarly pune has top educational institutes and sound industrial base coupled with salubrious climate like Bangalore which aided growth of the software industry.Mumbai, the financial capital of India, has its own strength to attract service industries.Hyderabad was unknown until the arrival of Mr. Chandra babu Naidu.His efforts paid well for the growth of software industry in A.P.In TN the DMK govt was proactive during its rule (1996-2001) towards IT growth.Its during DMK rule TIDEL park was established which gave impetus for subsequent growth in TN.However During the rule of AIADMK rule (2001-06) Ihe IT growth slowed a bit in TN.Any way all are growing and it is good for the country.
    - ranga, in 4 years
  • Deccan Chronicle
    State identifies land for port
    Vijayawada, May 30: The district administration has identified 9,000 acres of land for development of port and other industries in Machilipatnam and its surrounding areas. The government took a decision to set up port at Machilipatnam and directed the district administration to identify land for the purpose. District collector Navin Mittal on Wednesday told mediapersons that a report on the availability of 9,000 acres was sent to the government.

    Besides the port, several other industries are set to come up in the area, he said. As much as 1,200 acres will be given for setting up power projects either by APGenco or National Thermal Power Corporation. Experts from Hyderabad and Delhi visited the area recently, Mr Mittal said. A mango vapour plant would be set up before next the season in Nuzvid, which is centre for mango crop in the district. He said 150 acres was needed for Rajiv Swagruha scheme in Machilipatnam.

    The collector said works for development of an IT park at Gannavaram would be launched soon. Tender process has been completed and works would commence soon. The IT companies have sought another 25 acres for residential colonies for the staff, he said and added that the matter was under consideration. He said soft drinks giant Pepsi would launch Sea Weed project at Machilipatnam and Kona in the district...
    - Babji, in 4 years
  • URL: http://www.thehindu.com/2007/06/01/stories/2007060116570300.htm
    Vijayawada-Hyderabad road to become four-lane
    VIJAYAWADA: The entire stretch of Hyderabad-Vijayawada road would be converted into a four-lane road and the works would commence in next six months. At present only a small stretch of road from Hyderabad towards Vijayawada, and vice versa is four-lane road.

    Addressing a press conference here on Thursday, Roads and Buildings Minister T. Jeevan Reddy said tenders had been invited for the proposed works and would be finalised in a month.

    Flyover: The works would be awarded on Build Operate and Transfer (BOT) basis, and would start in December or January, he said. The Minister, however, did not give other details like the cost of the works.

    Mr. Jeevan Reddy said a flyover would be constructed near Milk Project at Nainavaram at a cost of Rs. 36 crores... A bridge between Ullipalem and Bhavanipuram would be sanctioned so that Kouduru would have access to Machilipatnam... the proposal to connect National Highway (NH) -9 and NH-5 near Vijayawada... still at the planning stage...
    - Babji, in 4 years
  • DLF to invest Rs 5,000 cr in AP over 5 yrs (http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/2007/06/02/stories/2007060206862100.htm)

    Real estate development major DLF Ltd has lined up Rs 5,000 crore to be invested in various ventures in Andhra Pradesh over the next five years.

    "As part of our expansion into the southern region, DLF will invest heavily in Hyderabad and other parts of the State and some investments had already been made," Mr A.S. Minocha, Head, DLF Commercial Developers Ltd, told newspersons here on Friday.

    The company is developing a special economic zone for information technology in a 26.3-acre plot in Gachibowli here. "The SEZ had already been notified and we are investing over 750 crore in it. The first complex will be ready in next four months," he said.

    It is in the process of forming a joint venture with the State Government to develop an integrated retail and entertainment complex in the old Gandhi Medical College premises at Basheerbagh in the heart of the city. To be developed with over Rs 1,000 crore, the complex would be a combination of heritage, retail and entertainment, Mr Minocha said.

    "We have also lined up two major projects on the Road No 2 of Banjara Hills, the details of which would be announced soon," he added. On the hospitality front, DLF, in association with the Hilton Group would set up a luxury hotel in the city.

    The Gurgaon-based major is also eyeing the residential sector. It is developing service apartments in 25 acres in Puppal Guda on the outskirts of the city.

    "Our teams are also working in other cities including Vijaywada and Visakhapatnam to finalise residential ventures," Mr J. Subrahmanian, Executive Director (Southern Region), DLF, said.

    To mobilise funds for expansion and repay some of its loans, DLF is entering capital market with a public issue to mop up over Rs 9,000 crore.
    - cbeboy, in 4 years
  • URL: http://www.thehindu.com/2007/06/03/stories/2007060317210500.htm
    Speed restrictions soon on highways
    HYDERABAD: Concerned over a series of fatal road accidents on highways touching the State Capital's suburbs, the police are planning to restrict speed limits. Speeds will be fixed depending on the road conditions and traffic volumes.

    Survey:A recent survey by Cyberabad police to ascertain reasons for the rise in road accidents says most of them were due to over-speeding. Over 191 people died between January and April, 2007. The Vijayawada highway stood No. 1 in the ominous list, taking 34 lives, followed by Warangal (32) and Kukatpally (31) highways.

    Motorists were found to be driving, according to their whims and fancies. A classic case is the national highway from Rajiv Chowk at Dilsukhnagar to Hayathnagar connecting Vijayawada road, where speedsters clocked 40 kms an hour in peak hours and over 50 kms an hour in non-peak hours.

    Holiday time: On holidays, it was 60 kms an hour and more. This road took 35 lives and left 97 more grievously injured in 120 accidents within four months.

    "Going by the findings, we plan to restrict speed limit from next month. Depending upon the road conditions and traffic volume, the speed limit will be fixed. Once motorists cross our jurisdiction, they can increase speeds," says Cyberabad Deputy Commissioner (Traffic) P. Muni Swamy. A notification will also be issued soon.

    He says mobile vehicles with speed radar guns would be deployed on these highways for stern action against errant drivers. "Radar guns will record speeds, time and vehicle number on the spot. Any violation will mean a penalty for erring drivers", explains the DCP.
    I don't know whether this is a mark of bad planning or helplessness on the part of authorities. We have National Highways and latest model cars but can't allow 40kmph. Why aren't the authorities talking about the need for building frontage roads ....
    - Babji, in 4 years
  • It's cause Indian traffic planners are all crack addicts. They're the worst kind when it comes to the whole "speed kills" view.

    Road safety comes from good road design, not reduced speeds.

    Seeing that most of Hyderabad's roads are limited to 20km/h, it's not surprising. However, 20km/h is so ridiculously low on divided 3+3 roads (like Rd #1) that nobody enforces them anyway. The actualy flow of traffic is usually between 40 and 60km/h.

    What next, 50km/h on expressways? God, this is worse than the 55 rule in the states!

    Also, if the Vijaywada highway is the worst, then that's 30 accidents a month, or around 1 per day. That's normal, and actually lower than you'd expect for such a poorly-designed road. And if there where 35 fatalities in the same time period, that's just 7 per month, or about one every four days. Seriously.
    - Naga_Solidus, in 4 years
  • It's cause Indian traffic planners are all crack addicts. They're the worst kind when it comes to the whole "speed kills" view.

    Road safety comes from good road design, not reduced speeds.

    Seeing that most of Hyderabad's roads are limited to 20km/h, it's not surprising. However, 20km/h is so ridiculously low on divided 3+3 roads (like Rd #1) that nobody enforces them anyway. The actualy flow of traffic is usually between 40 and 60km/h.

    What next, 50km/h on expressways? God, this is worse than the 55 rule in the states!

    Also, if the Vijaywada highway is the worst, then that's 30 accidents a month, or around 1 per day. That's normal, and actually lower than you'd expect for such a poorly-designed road. And if there where 35 fatalities in the same time period, that's just 7 per month, or about one every four days. Seriously.

    See my reply on=
    http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=464486&page=6

    20 km/hr in 3/3 lane is too slow a speed.
    Again, come the questions of lane discipline, following rules religiously, marking and mapping roads etc. etc...
    - indian soul, in 4 years
  • Deccan Chronicle
    GMR gets SEZ, Wipro put on hold
    Hyderabad, June 5: The Centre on Tuesday accorded formal approval to six more special economic zones in the State. They include the two multi-product zones promoted by GMR at Shamshabad International airport and Sri City in Chittoor district. This will take the total number of SEZs in the State to 51. Majority of the IT SEZs approved on Tuesday were in areas such as Warangal and Guntur... “Two more IT SEZs, promoted by White City projects and Vijayawada Guntur Tenali Mangalagiri Urban Development Authority near Guntur also got approvals,” he said.

    The BoA deferred a decision on Wipro SEZ in city outskirts for want of certain documents related to land. The project will be cleared in the next meeting. “Two other SEZs — MAS Textiles in Nellore and biotech SEZ proposed by Parsvnath Developers near Karakapatla — were approved in principle,”...

    “Infosys is coming up in Pocharam, which is between Hyderabad and Warangal,” said APIIC managing director B.P. Acharya. “We will develop the remaining stretch and turn the entire area into a hub.” APIIC has already allotted lands to IBS Technologies, Linux and Vasanth Scribes owned by NRIs of Warangal district and it will offer these companies a place in the SEZ...
    URL: http://www.thehindu.com/2007/06/06/stories/2007060618750100.htm
    UDA's IT project gets SEZ status
    VIJAYAWADA: An Information Technology Park, proposed to be developed by the Vijayawada Guntur Tenali Mangalagiri Urban Development Authority (VGTM-UDA) on a 40-acre site at its Amaravathi Township site near Mangalagiri, has got the status of Special Economic Zone (SEZ)...

    Another project proposed by Whitecity Projects International Private Limited, a private player, for IT and IT enabled services on a 113-acre site in Kaza village of Mangalagiri mandal in Guntur district has also been given the SEZ status...

    The land would only be leased out for 99 years. The day's development, Mr. Prasad said, coincided with the submission of a detailed project report for the Amaravathi Township by its developer Indo-African Industries Private Limited and payment of project development fee of Rs.92 lakhs...
    - Babji, in 5 years
  • YSR gives 10,000 acres to Brahmani Steels
    7 Jun, 2007 l 0403 hrs ISTlTIMES NEWS NETWORK
    HYDERABAD: Brahmani Steels, the biggest private steel plant in the state to be set up in Jammalamadugu mandal of Kadapa district, is to be allotted 10,670 acres at the rate of Rs 18,500 per acre. Chief minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy will lay the foundation stone for this project on June 10. A decision to this effect was taken at the cabinet meeting held here on Wednesday.

    Briefing the media after the meeting, information minister Anam Ramnarayana Reddy said the project's production capacity would be higher than the Visakhapatnam Steel Plant and it would be ready in 18 months. It was expected to provide direct employment to 16,500 people and indirect employment to another 10,000. The Vizag plant is spread over 22,000 acres and currently produces 3.5 million tonnes of steel annually.

    Ramnarayan Reddy said the land price has been decided based on the recommendation given by the district collector and chief commissioner of land acquisition. The going market rate there, he said, was Rs 5000-Rs 6000 while the registration cost was Rs 10,000. The land that would be allotted to the company was barren and not fit for agriculture, the minister said. He said that unlike the Vizag steel plant which displaced nearly 14,000 people, the new steel plant would not displace families...

    In the case of Vizag steel it took 19 years for the first blast furnace to be commissioned while the proposed plant at Kadapa would be operational in 18 months and would have a capacity to produce 2 million metric tons and 4 million metric tonnes in the second phase, he said...
    - Babji, in 5 years
  • http://www.business-standard.com/compindustry/storypage.php?tab=r&autono=287375&subLeft=1&leftnm=1

    KPR Fertilisers Private Limited is setting up a fertiliser unit at Bikkavole village in East Godavari district at an investment of Rs 20 crore.

    To be inaugurated on Tuesday (June 12), the plant will have a capacity to produce 60,000 tonne of single super phosphate (SSP) and 40,000 tonne of NPK (complex fertilisers). It will provide direct employment to 300 people and indirect employment to more than 200......


    http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/2007/06/09/stories/2007060905450300.htm

    Hyderabad June 8 SPC Green Plastics Inc, a US-based company, plans to invest up to $100 million in an integrated biopolymer unit based on corn and other agricultural wastes, to produce biodegradable plastic material with multiple applications in India.

    A group of NRIs, who own SPC Green Plastics, would be funding the project. It will focus on eco-friendly plastics, bio-lubricants and bio-fuels, according to Mr M.S. Shankara Prasad, one of the company directors. The company is actively considering locating the manufacturing unit in the port city of Kakinada in Coastal Andhra Pradesh. It has approached the State Government for suitable land, Mr Prasad, who is also the Managing Director of SPC Biotech, told Business Line.....
    - kvijayasundaram, in 5 years
  • After IIT, Andhra to have IIM too
    16 Jun, 2007 l 2059 hrs ISTlPTI
    HYDERABAD: The prestigious Indian Institute of Management (IIM) will soon be set up in Andhra Pradesh, Union Minister for Human Resource Development Arjun Singh said here on Saturday.

    "AP will have an IIM in this plan period," Singh said. He was speaking after inaugurating the South Central regional centre of All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE).

    Earlier, the Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhar Reddy, during his address, requested the Union Minister to sanction an IIM for the state which was emerging as a major knowledge hub in the country. The establishment of IIM has been a long-pending demand of the state.

    The Centre had recently sanctioned Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) for the state, which will be set up in the neighbouring Medak district.

    Appreciating the strides made by Andhra Pradesh in the education sector, Singh said "Andhra Pradesh will shine as a monument of 21st century knowledge and education hub." Stating that the government's target was to achieve inclusive growth, he said education could become an instrument for change only when there was "equity in access to it." "All sections of society need access to education so that they become partners in transforming India," the union minister said.

    The chief minister, in his address, outlined the initiatives taken by his government to improve the employability of engineering graduates, particularly the rural youth. "As a result of our efforts, several multinationals are now going to rural engineering colleges for campus recruitments. This is a new trend being witnessed in the state," Reddy said.

    The state government had set up six "21st Century IT Gurukuls", aimed at imparting IT skills to rural youth, he said adding that another eight such centres were being planned this year...
    - Babji, in 5 years
  • Zeenews.com
    Six cities to have full water supply: Centre
    New Delhi, June 16: The Centre said Ahmedabad, Surat, Rajkot, Vadodara, Vijayawada and Visakhapatnam would now have 100% water supply as part of its flagship Urban Renewal Programme.

    Union Urban Development Minister S Jaipal Reddy also informed Prime Minister Manmohan Singh that Ahmedabad, Rajkot, Surat and Vijayawada would be fully covered by modern sewerage system.

    Besides, Ahmedabad, Bhopal, Indore, Pune, Thane and Vijayawada will have improved Bus Rapid Transit System, Reddy told the Prime Minister, who reviewed the progress on the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM)... Bureau Report
    - Babji, in 5 years
  • http://www.hindu.com/2007/06/17/stories/2007061756740500.htm

    Kakinada: A shipyard either of L& T or Dubai dry docks limited is a certainty in the Kakinada SEZ and most likely a decision is expected within a couple of months, according to K.V.Rao Director SEZ.

    The shape of the industrial units that are to be located in the SEZ also, he said would be finalised, basing on the Master Plan evolved by world-renowned consultants TSG, Washington DC. Most modern, yet advanced units only would come up in the SEZ that changes the entire industrial scenario in the region. Of the total 8,400 acres notified as required for the SEZ, Rao said, so far 6,400 acres were mobilised-700 acres through land acquisition and the remaining by direct purchase.
    Rehabilitation

    Of the lands acquired, he said, only 150 acres constitutes either the government land or the assigned land.

    He said the land acquisition and at the same time the rehabilitation process was expected to enter the final stage, paving the way for the laying of the foundation stone by August end. Rao said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was being invited to lay the foundation for the SEZ and the ONGC refinery.
    - grimmm, in 5 years
  • Phase V of NHDP takes off (http://www.business-standard.com/common/storypage.php?autono=288089&leftnm=3&subLeft=0&chkFlg=)
    ... The Ministry for Road Transport and Highways has kickstarted the Rs 41,000 crore phase V of the National Highway Development Programme (NHDP).

    The stretches that have been approved by the Public Private Partnership Appraisal Committee (PPPAC) of the ministry, are Surat-Dahisar 239 km stretch on NH-8, Panipat-Jalandhar stretch (291 km) on NH-1, Gurgaon-Kotputli-Jaipur stretch (200 km) on NH-8, Chikaluripet-Vijaywada stretch (90 km) on NH-5, and a 43 km Chennai-Tada stretch on NH-5. The estimated cost of these five stretches is around Rs 5,200 crore...
    cool.
    - Babji, in 5 years
  • http://www.hindu.com/2007/06/17/stories/2007061756740500.htm
    so far 6,400 acres were mobilised-700 acres through land acquisition and the remaining by direct purchase.


    Did they quietly acquire 6400 acres? Amazing.
    Btw, Whats the difference between "land acquisition" and "direct purchase"
    - upendora, in 5 years
  • URL: http://www.thehindu.com/2007/06/20/stories/2007062073110300.htm
    Bypass to come up at Nandyal
    Civic body also proposes ring road
    NANDYAL: A ring road and a bypass to avoid railway level crossings were proposed at a cost of Rs 22 crores in Nandyal, Municipal Commissioner S. Ravindrababu has said. The ring road which originates at Nandi Dairy passes through SRBC colony, Y.S. Nagar, PV Nagar, Billapuram, Kottala, Iluri Metta and rejoins the National Highway near Chabole. The road costs Rs 15 crore.

    The Roads and Buildings Department was conducting a survey on the ring road and its feasibility. Mr. Ravindrababu said work was in progress on the bypass which was intended to avoid two railway levels crossings before entering the town.

    Proposals: The bypass would cost Rs 7 crore. The work on the bridge across Kundu was in progress. The Commissioner said a detailed report on underground drainage was sent to the Government, which is estimated to cost Rs. 50 crore. The underground drainage system was important for Nandyal town, which is located in a shallow area. The run-off caused by rainfall in the nearby hilly areas essentially flow through the rivulets crisscrossing the town.

    Mr. Ravindrababu said Nandamuri Nagar which was left out both from rural and urban administration was included in Nandyal town through a special order in the first week of June. The residents of the town suffered for 15 years in the absence of formal status to the locality.

    He said Nandyal town would not have any water problem once the summer storage tank becomes operational. Repairs were being carried out on the bund. Around 300 tmcft was stocked in the Velugodu Balancing reservoir for the town every summer. He said with minor expansions, the town would be able to supply the required quantity of water till 2030.
    - Babji, in 5 years
  • URL: http://www.thehindu.com/2007/06/21/stories/2007062151430100.htm
    Huge package for Jindal plant
    Cabinet approves 1,048 acres to aluminium company in Vizianagaram
    HYDERABAD: Announcing a massive resettlement and rehabilitation package for 600 families that will be affected by the project, the Cabinet on Wednesday approved the allotment of 1,048 acres of Government and assignment lands to M/s Jindal South West Aluminium Company for establishing an Alumina Refinery Project in S. Kota Mandal, Vizianagaram district.

    Briefing reporters after the meeting, Information Minister Anam Ramanarayana Reddy said the company would have to pay Rs. 2 lakh an acre for Government dry land and Rs. 2.25 lakh an acre for wet land. For assignment lands, the company would pay an ex-gratia of Rs.2,00,000 an acre to the assignee in addition to Rs. 75,000 an acre to the Government.

    Under the rehab package, a member of every displaced family would get a job commensurate with qualification. In case the family was not interested in employment, it would be given a one-time financial grant of Rs. 3 lakh. Each of the 60 families which owned houses would be provided with homestead land of 1/10th of an acre with house to be constructed by the company on 45 sq. mts floor area. In case the displaced person wants to settle elsewhere, an amount of Rs.1.5 lakh would be paid.

    The company would also pay a wage component of Rs. 3,800 per month to each displaced family for a year by when the project was expected to go on stream. In addition, shares of the company, equivalent to the compensation, would be allotted to the affected families.

    The Cabinet also approved the policy for issuing no objection certificate for construction of mini-hydel stations. While the NOC would not be issued for building them on major rivers, including Krishna, Godavari and Pennar, as also main canals, the stations would be considered along rivulets and streams.

    The meet also ratified the draft Cotton Seeds (regulation of supply, distribution, sale and fixation of sale price) Ordinance 2007 to safeguard interests of farmers. It also ratified the sale of Government land of 1,094 acres in Meedipentla and Velpula villages (Kadapa district) to Uranium Corporation of India Limited’s mining project at the rate of Rs.50,000 per acre.
    - Babji, in 5 years
  • URL: http://www.thehindu.com/2007/06/21/stories/2007062155590500.htm
    RAK alumina refinery work in fast-track mode
    VISAKHAPATNAM: The Rs.9,000-crore alumina refinery and smelter project proposed by Ras Al Khaimah (RAK), one of the seven constituents of the United Arab Emirates, in Visakhapatnam district is accorded top priority by the State Government to ground its work.

    The way things are moving after the Government signed memorandum of understanding on Feburary 15 gives an impression that everything is being done on fast-track mode without making the contents of the agreement public.

    Land acquisition: District Collector Anil Kumar Singhal recently issued the draft land acquisition notification for 350 acres in Makavaripalem mandal setting in motion the process for the mega project – the second in alumina project after public hearing was held for the 1.4 million tonnes a year alumina refinery of JSW Aluminium Limited near S.Kota in Vizianagaram district.

    The notification is only the beginning as RAK Crown Prince and deputy leader Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al-Qasmi during his chat with Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy had sought 2,600 acres.

    The promoters have promised to start construction in six months and go on stream in three years from the date of receiving all clearances. A survey for land was conducted within two months of signing the MoU and the notification was issued with the same speed and duration.

    High-grade ore: For the one million tonne refinery and 2.5 lakh-tonne smelter with provision to double the capacity, RAK wants the AP Mineral Development Corporation to supply high-grade bauxite ore from Jerella group near Chintapalle. A pipeline will be laid from the hills to the project site in Makavarapalem mandal.

    Scheduled area: While the project site is located in the plains, the mines are in scheduled area. JSW Aluminium Limited wants to go ahead with its project by getting uninterrupted supply of bauxite ore from Galikonda hill in Anangagiri mandal through APMDC.

    Besides, Jindal and RAK, BHP Billliton, world’s leading mining company from Australia and National Aluminium Company, which has its alumina refinery at Damonjodi of Orissa, have also submitted proposals for setting up aluminium complexes in the district with massive investment.
    - Babji, in 5 years
  • URL: http://www.thehindu.com/2007/07/01/stories/2007070159350100.htm
    RoB fast nearing completion
    Shifting of 90-metre stretch of pipeline a bottleneck
    GUNTUR: The long cherished dream of Guntur denizens to reach National Highway No.5 without hassles could become a reality as early as September with work on the Manipuram Road Over Bridge on the Guntur-Tenali railway line progressing briskly.

    The only bottleneck is shifting of 90-metre stretch of drinking water pipeline on the right side of the bridge in the direction of Vijayawada. The Guntur Municipal Corporation had been delaying work inordinately, but now tenders have been finalised and work is about to begin.

    Guntur city, bound by railway track on all sides, is now literally without a proper road for entry either from Vijayawada or Chilakaluripet and even from its newly developing areas to the heart of the old city.

    Tenders accepted: While widening of the Chilakaluripet approach road had become a traffic bottleneck, the Manipuram and Kankaragunta RoBs were the other major hindrances for free flow of traffic.

    Road and Buildings Superintendenting Engineer D. Bhavanna Rao is hopeful of allowing traffic on the Rs.11.25-crore RoB from September provide the GMC finishes work. Tenders for the work have been accepted after prolonged procedural delays. On an earlier occasion also the shifting of pipelines had delayed the project leading to rescheduling and reworking of the project cost.

    The R&B had promised to complete the Rs. 9.4-crore Kankaragunta ROB by February 2007, but with the railway portion getting delayed, the link spans could not be completed. According to Railway Engineer P. Rama Rao, the railway portion would be completed in the first week of July. The R&B Engineer told The Hindu that once the Railways handed over the site to them, they were confident of allowing traffic within a month and by mid-August traffic might be allowed as other approach road works had already been completed.
    - Babji, in 5 years
  • URL: http://www.thehindu.com/2007/07/01/stories/2007070153570300.htm
    YSR to inaugurate Rs. 11-cr overbridge tomorrow
    ONGOLE : Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy on Monday will inaugurate the Rs. 11-crore railway over bridge (RoB) constructed here to provide easy access to the beach village Kothapatnam from Ongole.

    The completion of the bridge will put an end to the ordeal faced by scores of vehicles shuttling between Ongole and Kothapatnam in a circuitous route via Santapet for the last five years. However, since service roads were not laid, hundreds of people living on either side of the bridge would continue to suffer for want of access to their homes. The agitated people living in Kammapalem and Christianpalem are opposing opening of the bridge to traffic without providing service roads to them.

    Ongole town could not grow towards Koppole mainly because of two reasons. The railway track hindered free movement of people. Secondly, the groundwater is brakish and there is no potable water source in Koppole. But following pressure on land in the town, it became necessary to solve these two problems and allow the town grown on eastern side too.

    Lack of coordination: But the works were not taken up simultaneously due to lack of coordination among different departments. The R&B department completed approaches by 2004. The railways began construction of bridge only in 2004 and took three years to complete it. The revenue officials are taking their time to acquire the land required for service roads. As the bridge was constructed from end to end of the existing road, the colonies on either side lost access to their homes...
    - Babji, in 6 years
  • AP invites 'Xenitis' to set up small car plant (http://www.hindu.com/thehindu/holnus/006200707010310.htm)


    The Andhra Pradesh government has invited PC and two-wheeler manufacturer 'Xenitis' to set up its proposed small car plant in the state.

    In a letter written to Xenitis Chairman, Santanu Ghosh, sector head of AP Invest, the nodal agency of the Andhra Pradesh government, K Praveen Kumar, said the state was willing to provide best possible support if the company decided to set up the plant there.

    He said the state was host to several automobile-related firms like Rane and Amara Raja.

    Kumar said the state had the infrastructure and highly-skilled human resources.

    A high-level team from AP Invest would visit Kolkata and hold discussions with the Xenitis team in this regard.
    - cbeboy, in 7 years
  • AP to fight for its share in natural gas find
    KVVV CHARYA Posted online: Monday, July 02, 2007 at 0000 hours IST
    HYDERABAD : It is now in the open. The Andhra Pradesh government has decided to fight-for its ‘first-right-to-use’ over natural gas reserves in the Krishna-Godavari (KG) basin. Chief minister YS Rajasekhara Reddy has already written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh requesting him to ensure the state gets a share in the ‘gas profit’ (the Centre’s share, as per agreement with the companies) only in kind. Reddy also appealed to all political parities, including the Telugu Desam Party, to join him in the fight for the state’s share in the natural gas find. According to a chief minister’s office communique released recently, Reddy appealed to all political parties to support the state government in public interest on a priority basis.

    Officials said the chief minister found his efforts with the petroleum ministry futile, hence he proposed to meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh along with representatives of other political parties. “He feels the natural gas issue may turnout to be a political issue later,” a senior official told FE.

    According to sources, Reddy is planning a two-pronged strategy -- fighting for state’s share out of the Centre’s share in kind and motivating Anil Ambani to set up gas-based power units in the state. During a meeting with Reddy, Anil Ambani had explained his power project plans in the state, which Reddy had in-principle agreed to and asked him to come up with concrete proposals. “Reddy promised to support Anil’s proposals,” a source close to the development said.

    Meanwhile, power utilities estimate that they may have to shell out an additional expenditure of about Rs 1,350 crore per annum, at the present quoted price of $5.965 per MMBTU. This would mean an average tariff increase of Rs 0.42 paise per unit toward fuel surcharge. “The thumb rule is for every one dollar increase per MMBTU, the additional burden will be Rs 500 crore,” officials said.

    In his letter to the Prime Minister, Reddy rejected the ‘bidding model’ being followed by the petroleum ministry to discover the natural gas price. He said all the companies who submit bids do not pay the cost. They shift the expense to the consumer (who are poor farmers and economically backward class families). He also wrote that, “This is surely not the objective of reforms that some players make huge profits even if it means bleeding other stakeholders dry.” He said this would amount to a huge subsidy burden on state governments and also contribute to inflation in a big way.

    Hence, Reddy has demanded that an autonomous market regulator be appointed to discover the price for natural gas.
    Way to go YSR!
    - Babji, in 8 years
  • Burning gas to produce electricity should be made a criminal offence.

    Gas-based projects will find it difficult to procure gas in 3-4 years (as its happening in US now) Eventually gas demand will outstrip supply.

    Instead gas should be used for gas-based industries or gas-based furnaces so that industrial development can atleast start. To digress a bit, we should also send our IAS officers for training in China.
    - upendora, in 8 years
  • Burning gas to produce electricity should be made a criminal offence.

    Gas-based projects will find it difficult to procure gas in 3-4 years (as its happening in US now) Eventually gas demand will outstrip supply.

    Instead gas should be used for gas-based industries or gas-based furnaces so that industrial development can atleast start. To digress a bit, we should also send our IAS officers for training in China.

    dude dont fall for the term "peak oil", there is no such thing as that...oil companies are saying it to make profits...there are many untouched and unexplored oil reserves, through out the world...
    - voryaa, in 8 years
  • Even assuming peakoil is far off, setting up gas-power plants is waste of valuable resource. Gas->Electricity->Grid->Heat is a high loss conversion. Instead let gas be piped to poorer districts in Telegana and Ralayseema to setup energy intensive cement and metal factories.

    offtopic: I have been reading about peakoil for two years. How long have you spent ? Because human mind dismisses outright anything unpalleteable or too uncomforting. PM me why import list of countries is growing.

    dude dont fall for the term "peak oil", there is no such thing as that...oil companies are saying it to make profits...there are many untouched and unexplored oil reserves, through out the world...
    - upendora, in 8 years
  • And let there be cooking gas in every village, because in the mad quest for "development" its easy to forget women carrying firewood and dying of cancer from charcoal fumes.
    - upendora, in 8 years
  • Even assuming peakoil is far off, setting up gas-power plants is waste of valuable resource. Gas->Electricity->Grid->Heat is a high loss conversion. Instead let gas be piped to poorer districts in Telegana and Ralayseema to setup energy intensive cement and metal factories.

    offtopic: I have been reading about peakoil for two years. How long have you spent ? Because human mind dismisses outright anything unpalleteable or too uncomforting. PM me why import list of countries is growing.

    two years of research, good for you. the reason many countries are importing because they want to buy others oil before they dig more holes in thier countries...if the oil companies really wanted they would've dug lot more holes around the world, and wouldnt need to run on full capacity like they are doing in US right now. There are major reserves in alaska, which are untapped, and they wanna keep it that way, until oil runs out in middle east.

    the problem isnt so much finding oil, its mainly transporting. but as we advance that should be a problem in the future...and global warming thing is whole another issue.

    btw, i am all up for not burning any oil, cuz it does more damage to nature.
    - voryaa, in 8 years
  • It doesnt matter when oil/gas runs out. It doesnt matter whom you blame
    hurricanes or Saddam or Oil cos or Allah.

    As long as we see year-on-year increase in prices, we should plan our infra accordingly.
    Thats the only advantage of being still a developing country.
    - upendora, in 8 years
  • "Our planet will encounter in the next few decades severe shortages of water if we are not careful in conserving and preserving precious water resources of our country," Prime Minister Manmohan Singh advocated (http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/quickies/2174705.cms)

    Personally I believe we will have global warming until 2012 due to natural solar cycles and afterwards either sudden change to cold years or slow change to global cooling. C02 emissions may accelerate or slow the natural cycles As noone understands earth.

    AP is famous for drought-prone areas and should prepare for coming warmer years and not depend on "Centre's help". Maybe the sub-continent has more droughts in cooler years as warmer years=more clouds.
    - upendora, in 8 years
  • URL: http://www.thehindu.com/2007/07/06/stories/2007070650290200.htm
    City transforming into a retail hub
    VIJAYAWADA: The city, which is known as commercial and cinema capital of the State, is fast transforming into a retail hub in the coastal region. Going by the arrival of retail giants one after another in the last few years, it becomes evident that Vijayawada is rapidly acquiring the image of a metro city.

    The latest giant to set up a shop here is Big Bazaar, a division of Pantaloon Retail (India) Limited, which is coming up in an initial built-up area of 50,000 square feet near Hotel Minerva in Governorpet. The site has been chosen in view of its central location and image as a business district of the city.

    The company, a future group venture and which has set up Big Bazaar outlets in Hyderabad and Visakhapatnam in the State, has embarked upon a massive work to inaugurate the store in the city by the end of this month. The huge building would have an impressive modern ambience with all latest features provided in four floors.

    One-stop shop: From grocery to apparel, and from electronics to household goods, all categories of products will be made available under a single roof in line with its image as a one-stop shop for families and consumers. Food courts will be a special attraction.

    Pantaloon HR Manager M.K. Novaha said during his recent visit to the city that he, along with a five-member team, had conducted interviews for recruiting 100 qualified employees for the local store.

    “All these people will be employed locally. We have ambitious plans for the city branch. We are recruiting both permanent and temporary staff,” he revealed.

    After Magna, Modern Market and Reliance, it was the turn of Pantaloon to take on the city’s retail scene on an enthusiastic note.

    The trend had sent out a message that there was no stopping the big chains and names in the industry, as the corporate firms were making forays into this centrally located coastal city.

    Pantaloon Regional Manager Sirisha Reddy said they were looking for building a resourceful team at the new Big Bazaar in the city...
    - Babji, in 8 years
  • http://www.business-standard.com/compindustry/storypage.php?tab=r&autono=290315&subLeft=1&leftnm=1
    ONGC eyes foreign partner for AP project
    Bloomberg / Mumbai July 07, 2007
    Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) is seeking overseas investors for its Rs 22,000 crore refinery and petrochemicals project at Kakinada in Andhra Pradesh.

    ONGC plans to set up a 15 million tonne refinery to export petroleum products, including gasoline, diesel and naphtha, said Chairman R S Sharma from New Delhi today.

    “We are talking with two prospective investors for our planned Kakinada unit,” Sharma said. “We plan to make it an export-oriented unit.” Indian refiners are looking to raise their capacities by more than 60 per cent by 2011, according to the US-based IHS Inc.

    India plans to export products to take advantage of its higher-than average refining margins gained from low labour and land costs.

    ONGC is in discussions with the US-based and Asian oil companies for better access to crude supplies and export markets, Sharma said. It is also seeking tax concessions from the government, he said.

    The Andhra project will be built by refining unit Mangalore Refinery & Petrochemicals , P S V Rao, an executive director who heads the refinery project, said in a telephone interview from Hyderabad. Funds will be raised through a share sale.
    - Babji, in 8 years
  • Deccan Chronicle
    Ambuja deal spiked, notice for Sanghis
    Hyderabad, July 7: The State government has threatened to cancel the limestone lease rights of cement companies which have not set up units within the stipulated period. It has already cancelled the lease rights given to Gujarat Ambuja Cements which failed to start a unit in Guntur despite extension of the period to seven years.

    Sources said that the government had issued showcause notices to more than a dozen cement companies for violating agreements.Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhar Reddy asked the department of mines and geology to cancel the leases after officials complained to him that some industrialists were ‘blocking’ limestone deposits by not starting units.

    As per rules, cement companies holding lease rights have to set up units within three years. In special cases, the government extends this time limit to three more years. The lease periods range from 20 to 30 years. Show cause notices have been issued to both existing companies holding lease rights and new ones. The include Madras Cement (Kurnool) and Sanghi Cement (Guntur) among others.

    “We are going to take action on the erring companies,” said Mr V.D. Rajagopal, director of the department of mines and geology. “We are issuing notices to dozen companies.” Andhra Pradesh has 30 million tonnes of limestone reserves in Kadapa, Anantapur, Kurnool, Guntur, Ranga Reddy, Nalgonda, Karimnagar and other districts. There are 20 major and 17 mini cement plants in the State which utilise about 23 million tonnes of limestone annually. Many cement companies shelved their expansion plans after the market went dull a few years ago.

    However, the demand for cement shot up with the construction boom and the government’s decision to take up a host or irrigation and housing projects. The prices of cement also soared alongside. Following this, about 30 companies including Raghuram Cements and Dalmiya Cements in Kadapa, and Penna Cements in Anantapur submitted applications seeking permission to start units. Department officials say that only seven or eight companies appear to be serious about the projects.

    we want cement...
    - Babji, in 8 years
  • High-speed rail corridor between Hyderabad-Machilipatnam planned

    Project to reduce travel time to just two hours between the two cities

    Hyderabad: The State Government has embarked on an ambitious project of introducing a high-speed rail corridor connecting Hyderabad with Machilipatnam via Vijayawada.

    The project intends to reduce the travel time between the State capital with the port city to just two hours. Officials have been directed to prepare a comprehensive project report so that the Government could seek Central funds.

    According to a press release from the Chief Minister’s office on Sunday, Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy said that once the corridor was established, it would provide a direct link from Hyderabad International airport to Machilipatnam port.

    The rail corridor would bring about industrial revolution in Hyderabad, Ranga Reddy, Nalgonda, Mahabubnagar, Medak, Warangal and Krishna district. The corridor is on the lines of the one proposed between New Delhi and Mumbai. The State Government is planning to seek Central funds for the project.

    Free power

    The Chief Minister said that the royalty accruing from the natural gas resources in Krishna Godavari basin will enable the Government to provide free power to farm sector on permanent basis.

    He said his Government was determined to pressure the Centre to implement the recommendations of the 12th Finance Commission. According to this recommendation, State would get 50 per cent royalty on the gas reserves, which could be directly spent to supply free power to the farm sector.

    Twelve million units of power were required for pump sets in the State. He said 16,830 million unit power could be secured from the KG basin.

    The KG basin gas would come into use from June next year and if the same was used for power generation and industrialisation, it would be a boon for the State. Dr. Reddy said he would once again write a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the issue. He hoped that the prices of LPG cylinder would come down once gas was made available to the State.

    On the Rajiv Swagruha housing scheme, Dr. Reddy said those who have applied recently would get houses by next year.

    Source: The Hindu (http://www.hindu.com/2007/07/09/stories/2007070953480400.htm)
    - harsh1802, in 9 years
  • http://www.eenadu.net/images/7pan4a.jpg

    Source: Eenadu.com (http://www.eenadu.net/panelhtml.asp?qrystr=htm/panel4.htm)
    - harsh1802, in 9 years
  • AP seeks high-speed rail link

    Hyderabad, July 8: The government has decided to bid for a high speed rail line in the State between Hyderabad and Machilipatnam. It would cost about Rs 25,000 crores, excluding the cost of land. The high-speed trains would travel at speeds of up to 350 kmph. The journey time between Hyderabad and Vijayawada will come down to less than 2 hours. The project aimed at connecting major towns in Telangana to the port town of Machilipatnam. Twelve States have expressed interest in the high speed line. Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhar Reddy has directed the officials to prepare a report to be submitted to the railway ministry.

    “He will meet the Prime Minister and the railway minister in a week and ask for the line,” an official of the Chief Minister’s Office said. The Chief Minister told officials that with the high speed rail, industrialisation which is concentrated in and around the capital could be expanded to places like Mahbubnagar, Medak, Nalgonda, Guntur and Vijayawada. “The need is to connect major airports and seaports with major towns and cities. This will enable rapid industrialisation in all the regions,” the official pointed out.

    The Chief Minister would press the Centre for a feasibility study at the earliest. The other routes which are being considered at present are Mumbai-Surat-Vadodara-Ahmedabad; Jaipur-Delhi-Sonepat-Chandigarh-Ludhiana-Jalandhar-Amritsar; Bangalore-Chennai and Kolkata-Jamshedpur-Patna.

    Source: Deccan.com (http://www.deccan.com/City/Citynews.asp#AP%20seeks%20high-speed%20rail%20link)
    - harsh1802, in 9 years
  • High-speed rail corridor between Hyderabad-Machilipatnam planned

    Project to reduce travel time to just two hours between the two cities



    Source: The Hindu (http://www.hindu.com/2007/07/09/stories/2007070953480400.htm)

    The proposal is not practical.
    - ranga, in 9 years
  • URL: http://www.thehindu.com/2007/07/10/stories/2007071060080500.htm
    Singapore township to be completed by 2010
    VIJAYAWADA: The long-awaited Singapore class township at Mangalagiri would be ready in the next three and half years. Ground-breaking ceremony for the township, which is estimated to cost Rs. 850 crores, would be organised by the end of August.

    Agreement: The Vijayawada Guntur Tenali Mangalagiri-Urban Development Authority (VGTM-UDA) and M/s Arihant Indo-African Infra Developers and Builders Private Limited, which was the successful bidder of the project, entered into an agreement on Monday. The UDA, as a provider of land, would pocket around Rs. 98 crores once the project was completed.

    Urban living : Those wanting to own a two-bedroom or a three-bedroom flat would have to shell out Rs. 20 lakhs to Rs. 30 lakhs. In return, the VGTM-UDA and developers are promising an “urban living in a resort setting” duly adhering to principles of Vaasthu.

    Bank guarantee: Addressing a press conference, VGTM-UDA chairman Malladi Vishnu said that 3,378 flats in 46 blocks spread over 50 acres were being planned. The developers had given a bank guarantee for Rs. 9.20 crores, and also paid Rs. 0.92 crores as project development fee on June 5...

    Amphi-theatre : The developers, who made a multi media presentation, said that an amphi-theatre and three multiplexes would be part of the township. A concept of linear mall (more length and less breadth) was adopted to ensure more vibrancy, they said...

    Attractions galore: Jogging tracks, gymnasium, indoor games court, volley ball court and swimming pools would be some of the attractions of the township...
    - Babji, in 9 years
  • Even if it is practical they wont do it.

    Hundreds of feasibility studies are done.
    IR has rarely added new lines, they are busy changing colours of trains whenever there is political change.


    The proposal is not practical.
    - upendora, in 9 years
  • Source: Times of India

    MORE BUSINESS
    State too wants to roll out small cars

    Kolkata/Hyderabad: As part of its efforts to woo large projects for the state, the Andhra Pradesh government is now eyeing an automobile project being proposed by Kolkatabased Xenitis.

    K Praveen Kumar, sector head of AP Invest, the state government’s nodal agency for promoting Andhra Pradesh as an investment destination, held a meeting with Xenitis group chairman Santanu Ghosh in Kolkata on Monday to convince the PCto-motorcycle major to set up its proposed small car plant in AP.

    Xenitis’ small car project will entail a cost of Rs 1,200 crore and will be established through an alliance with China’s Guangzhou Motors. The total land requirement, including that of the ancillaries, is 300 to 500 acres. The company is keen on obtaining SEZ status for the car plant.

    Confirming AP Invest’s move to woo the company, the agency’s CEO C S Rao said: “We are pursuing the project. Though it is too early to say whether they would set up their unit here, the company looks very strong in its planning.”

    In fact, this is the second time that the state is talking to Xenitis for its investments. Earlier, a high-level team from Xenitis had visited Hyderabad with a plan to set up a semiconductor unit in the proposed Fab City. Xenitis, known for making low-cost PCs, was keen on setting up a chip making unit. However, the proposal did not move forward due to certain political reasons in West Bengal, a source said.

    The AP Invest official visited Xenitis’s factory at Hooghly and offered a tailormade incentive package to the company if it decides to come to AP. Xenitis is currently working on a project to manufacture cars.

    “We have asked the company to submit its wishlist,” Kumar said, while pointing out that Andhra’s industrial policy empowers the state’s government to customise incentives for ‘mega projects’ of Rs 100 crore and above. However, he did not elaborate whether the fiscal benefits would be accompanied with riders, such as the number of jobs created.

    “We welcome Xenitis to consider Andhra Pradesh as the destination for your new initiative of manufacturing small cars in India to enjoy the advantage of being located in the most happening state in the country,” an AP Invest’s formal communique addressed to Ghosh said.

    Questioned on his meeting with Kumar during the day, Ghosh said that Xenitis is yet to decide where the small car plant would come up. “Besides Andhra, there are some other states that also want us to set up the facility in their regions. We will take a decision on the location within three months as we are keen to roll out the car by December 2008,” he said.

    However, he did not specify whether Xenitis has received any assurances from the Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee government.
    - p.raghavendra6, in 9 years
  • The proposal is not practical.



    i second that. a high speed rail link between Telangana regions and Vizag/machilipatnam is just too expensive and there is no guarrantly that it will result in the development of huge industrial zones. i suggest an expressway between Hyd and Vizag, on the lines of the Mumbai-Pune Expressway.
    - pding, in 9 years
  • id like to see an expressway, between hyd and vsk via badrachalam...i know there are lot of hills in that area, which would make it even more expensive, but i think that would also bring a lot of development, and it would also provide another way between those cities, since highways are already running via vizaywada.

    what do you guys think?
    - voryaa, in 10 years
  • on high speed rail...

    i really dont care if its profitable now, in 5 to 10 to 15 years we are going to need some faster ground transportation. usually indian govt's dont have a foresight, we can see things too far into the future and prepare for it. Even if the AP govt cant make this to reality, i think they are heading into the right direction.
    - voryaa, in 10 years
  • id like to see an expressway, between hyd and vsk via badrachalam... what do you guys think?
    URL: http://www.thehindu.com/2007/04/05/stories/2007040505420400.htm
    State for converting 4,500-km roads into NH
    HYDERABAD: Andhra Pradesh is staking its claim for conversion of an additional 4,590 km into National Highways in the State. A detailed proposal has been submitted to the Ministry of Shipping, Road Transport and Highways urging it to consider conversion and development of 17 roads in the State...

    The State is actually entitled for another 1,000 km of national highways. In population terms, there should be 6.4 km of NH for every one lakh population (as per the national average). But Andhra Pradesh has 6.03 km of NH. Similarly, there should be 19.95-km-long NH for every 1,000 square km. In the case of Andhra Pradesh, the availability of NH road length is 16.59 km per 1,000 sq. km, according to Chief Engineer of R&B (National Highways) G.V.S. Suryanarayana Raju.

    Proposed routes : The major routes proposed for conversion into National Highways include: Nellore-Mydukur-Gooty (314 km); Hyderabad-Mancherial-Chanda (330 km); Hyderabad-Srisailam-Nandyal (300 km); Gundugolanu-Nallajerla-Rajahmundry (83 km); Krishnapatnam Port-Nellore-Rayachoti-Kadiri-Hiriyur in Karnataka (470 km); Hyderabad-Medak-Basar-Luxettipet (395 km); Kakinada-Rajahmundry-Kovvur-Aswaraopet-Khammam-Suryapet (300 km); Kurnool-Vinukonda-Guntur ( 300 km); Mahadevpur (Warangal Dt)-Nalgonda-Macherla-Markapur-V enkatagiri-Renigunta (650 km)...
    Hyd - Suryapet is already a part of NH9. Rjy - Vizag is a part of NH5.
    so, if Rjy-Suryapet stretch becomes NH, Hyd - Vizag (and Hyd - Kakinada) ride will become easy!
    overnight RTC buses already ply this route regularly ...
    - Babji, in 10 years
  • check out the last route from Warangal District to Renigunta. that is the biggest stretch (650 km). anyway, if this one goes through it will be a trans AP highway stretching from North Telangana to Rayalaseema.
    - pding, in 11 years
  • id like to see an expressway, between hyd and vsk via badrachalam...i know there are lot of hills in that area, which would make it even more expensive, but i think that would also bring a lot of development, and it would also provide another way between those cities, since highways are already running via vizaywada.

    what do you guys think?

    That would infact cut the total travel time by half, but there are hardly any significant economic centers in that route. Besides as it passes through the tribal belt, the scope of development along the expressway is very limited.
    - Luckystreak, in 12 years
  • World Bank okays $65 m more for poverty reduction in AP

    The World Bank has approved $65 million in additional financing for the Andhra Pradesh Rural Poverty Reduction Project, a programme that the Bank claims has improved the lives of some 5.7 million women since its inception in 2003.

    The project objectives will remain the same as the original project – to enable the rural poor, particularly the poorest of the poor, improve their livelihood and quality of life.


    http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/2007/07/13/stories/2007071352092100.htm
    - cbeboy, in 12 years
  • URL: http://www.thehindu.com/2007/07/13/stories/2007071353470700.htm
    A.P. plan for bullet trains
    HYDERABAD: Bullet trains are being planned in Andhra Pradesh. If everything goes well with an ambitious project on the cards of the State Government, the work for introducing India’s first bullet train between Hyderabad and Visakhapatnam via Vijayawada, will be grounded next year.
    Travelling at a speed of 200 kmph, the hi-tech train will take just two hours to cover the 275-km distance between Vijayawada and Hyderabad which at present takes five hours. The service is proposed to be extended up to Chennai at a later stage.

    Two other routes have been selected for the project to connect Hyderabad with Mumbai and Bangalore. An elevated track for a length of 3,000 km will be built for the three “high speed corridors” for the bullet trains. A massive sum of Rs. 2 lakh crore will be spent on the project. “Nothing is impossible these days when private-public partnership is available,” Transport Minister K. Lakshminarayana said here on Thursday after Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy held detailed discussions with officials on the project.

    The Minister told reporters that Dr. Reddy was so keen to ground the project next year that he had sought detailed project report within 10 days. He had already spoken to the top brass of the Railway Board three times on the proposal and taken the line that “either you build it or we will do it on our own.” The Chief Minister planned to make a presentation on the high-speed train to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during his visit to the State on July 31.
    Wow! YSR on a roll! An irresistible offer (challenge) to Lalu... Got to take it!
    - Babji, in 13 years
  • http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/2007/07/13/stories/2007071350740300.htm

    Chennai, July 12 The Chennai-based RKKR Steels Ltd intends to put up a Rs 500-crore integrated steel project at Krishnapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, the company’s Director, Mr Rajiv Rai, told Business Line.
    Facilities

    The plant will comprise a sinter facility and a blast furnace with downstream steel making and rolling facilities to manufacture alloy and special steel required by the automotive and engineering sectors, Mr Rai said.

    The plant is being put up under a special purpose vehicle, SBQ Steels Ltd. ‘SBQ’ stands for ‘special bar quality’— an industry term used to refer to the very special steel grades used by the auto and engineering industries. The facility will have a capacity to produce five lakh tonnes of pig iron making and 2.5 lakh tonnes of steel.

    The AP Government has allotted 250 acres of industrial land for the project and preliminary site work has been completed.

    Financial closure is expected by the end of this month. The project will be executed in two phases. The first will consume investments of Rs 200 crore, of which debt will be Rs 130 crore.

    Iron ore plant

    Mr Rai said that iron ore for the plant would come from mines in Bellary. SBQ Steels will buy fines, which are cheaper, and sinter them for putting into the blast furnace. Technology for iron making is being sourced from TRF Ltd (of the Tata group).

    The company is in negotiations with a few Japanese steel manufacturers for steel making. “Certification by auto majors is a necessity for a unit like ours and hence the technical tie-up is important,” Mr Rai said.

    SBQ Steels will initially buy coke from abroad, but over time, may put up its own coking plant or buy coke from the various merchant coke units that are coming up in the country. Also, part of the project is a 16 MW waste-heat recovery power plant.
    Mr Rai said that at a later stage the company would come out with a public issue.

    The RKKR Steels Ltd has been a producer of construction grade steel for over 50 years. “Now the group is looking to entry into special steels segment,” he said.
    - kvijayasundaram, in 13 years
  • http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/2007/07/13/stories/2007071350740300.htm
    ... Chennai-based RKKR Steels Ltd intends to put up a Rs 500-crore integrated steel project at Krishnapatnam...

    ... The plant will comprise a sinter facility and a blast furnace with downstream steel making and rolling facilities to manufacture alloy and special steel... will have a capacity to produce five lakh tonnes of pig iron making and 2.5 lakh tonnes of steel.

    The AP Government has allotted 250 acres of industrial land for the project and
    preliminary site work has been completed...
    cool. Thanks for the update @kvijayasundaram.
    Rediff.com (Sify):
    Arihant Foundations plans Rs 650 cr township
    Friday, 13 July , 2007, 14:49
    Mumbai: Arihant Foundations & Housing Ltd. said on Friday it had tied up with the urban development authority in Vijayawada to set up a unit for developing a township at a cost of Rs 650 crore.

    Arihant will have a 45 per cent stake in the 53-acre township project, the company said in a statement.
    - Babji, in 13 years
  • URL: http://www.thehindu.com/2007/07/13/stories/2007071353470700.htm

    Wow! YSR on a roll! An irresistible offer (challenge) to Lalu... Got to take it!

    Foolish idea!!!
    - ranga, in 13 years
  • double post. self deleted.
    - Babji, in 13 years
  • State bags Rs 1000-cr world-class ITR

    Hyderabad: The state government has succeeded in getting the Centre’s nod to set up a Rs 1,000-crore world class Institute of Transnational Research (ITR) which would take up research activities in genetics, biotechnology, stem cell and gene therapy in coordination with the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB).

    The state has bagged the institute amidst stiff competition from northern states like Uttar Pradesh. In return, the state cabinet on Friday decided to give 75 acres of land free of cost at Karkapatla village in Mulugu mandal of Medak district, about 45 kms from Hyderabad, for setting up the institute.

    The Centre originally asked for 150 acres but following talks chief minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy had with the Centre, it was agreed to set up the institute in 75 acres. Of the total investment of Rs 1,000 crore required for the project, Rs 300 crore has already been earmarked in the 11th five year plan.

    This institute, the sources said would help in research on infectious diseases and the antimicrobial therapy, which is being transformed at present by the growing availability of the complete genome sequences for several microbes including bacteria, fungi and protists. This information will drive the research of this centre in the area of infectious diseases for the next several decades.

    The Centre will investigate, create and implement approaches utilising the delivery of genes as therauptic agents in the treatment of human and animal disease. It would entail basic investigations to target gene product involvement, creation of vector systems for appropriate delivery of therapeutic genes and rapid translation of promising medicines to the clinical setting.

    The institute will also work for evolutionary and genomics biotechnology to study the environmental, evolutionary and genomics issues with the aid of modern biotechnology tools. This will help in analysing the consequences of the changes in gene expression in organisms as a response changes within the environment.
    - p.raghavendra6, in 13 years
  • Deccan Chronicle
    3 new projects to begin soon
    Rajahmundry, July 14: The much awaited prestigious projects, a new road bridge across the Godavari river, a sky road connecting to the national highway and a rail overbridge at a level crossing at ILTD to be taken up at an estimated cost of over Rs 550 crores, are likely to be started shortly in the city.

    A new four-lane road bridge is coming up on the river Godavari connecting Kovvur and Rajahmundry. The bridge will start near ILTD buildings at Kovvur and end on national highway no. 5 near Diwan-cheruvu in Rajahmundry. The length of the bridge will be nearly 15 kilometre. Two kilometres will be in Kovvur, four kilometres across the river while a nine kilometre stretch will end near Diwancheruvu connecting to N.H. No.5. The carriage way on the bridge will be 14 metres. At present land acquisition is underway and tenders will be called for soon.

    The second important project is construction of a sky road at the entry point of rail-cum-road-bridge and ending on national highway at Hukumpeta. Once the sky road becomes functional, heavy vehicles coming from West Godavari direction need not go through the busy narrow lanes in the city to reach the national highway. They can skip the city roads and directly reach the N.H. No.5.

    This will give much relief to the local commuters who always face frequent traffic jams on stadium and RTC Complex roads. Land acquisition is in the process for this project. Total length of the bridge comes to nearly three kilometre and it will be a two-lane with 7.5 metres carriage way. These two projects are considered as a single package and estimated to cost Rs 550 crores. The authorities are awaiting the release of State government’s 20 per cent share of the total cost to start the ground work. This package will be taken up on BOT system. Roads and buildings authorities maintain that tenders for this package will be called for soon.

    The long pending third project of rail over bridge at the level crossing near ILTD is estimated to cost Rs 18 crores. Both the roads and buildings and railways share 50 per cent each of the total cost. The bridge will be constructed to a length of 750 metres with a width of 7.5 metres...
    - Babji, in 13 years
  • URL: http://www.thehindu.com/2007/07/16/stories/2007071652340300.htm
    NH 9 to be ready by year-end: TJR
    SANGAREDDY: The four lining of National Highway nine would be completed by the end of the year and it would be opened for traffic immediately. Disclosing this to the press here today the local legislator T. Jayaprakash Reddy said that most of the expansion work has been completed and work on service roads near Patancheru and the median are yet to be completed. He said that the project is planned in such a way that it would withstand population growth for another 40 years. Jayaprakash Reddy said that he has urged the Government to grant another Rs. 10 crore so that the old pipeline in the old city could be replaced completely. Similarly the ongoing project to cater Manjira water to all the major towns in Sangareddy assembly segment would be completed within two years, the MLA said...
    - Babji, in 13 years
  • http://www.andhracafe.com/index.php?m=show&id=24506
    Nizampatnam port deal with Czech be scrapped
    Updated: 06-27-2007
    HYDERABAD :Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhar Reddy has agreed to scrap the Nizampatnam port deal with Czech company Skoda Export. He has asked the infrastructure department to go in for global expression of interest to select a new developer for the port.

    The Chief Minister will also write letters to the Indian Embassy in Czech Republic and the Union Commerce Ministry explaining the reasons for cancelling the memorandum of understanding with Skoda. “It is felt that the government should inform all agencies concerned since diplomatic sensitivities are involved,” said an official of the Infrastructure Corporation of Andhra Pradesh. Officials are now planning to get all clearances before going for the EOI.“There will be more confidence among bidders if we have land and environmental clearances from Centre,” said a senior official. “This will cause a delay of six months.” However, the Chief Minister will take final decision on whether the issue of getting clearances should be taken up first.

    Though the government identified 4,000 acres of land for the port complex, it is now being used for agriculture and fish farming by many. These people have to be rehabilitated.

    Meanwhile, Skoda said in a statement that it was confident that it would develop the port complex along with reputed consultants. “The…. (port project) will be extremely smooth and economically viable for Skoda,” said its director in a statement. His name, however, was not mentioned. The statement also claimed that the company was undertaking projects worth more than half a billion dollars and this showed its competence. (EOM)
    - Babji, in 13 years
  • Narsee Monjee in Andhra Pradesh
    New Delhi July 18, 2007

    Mumbai’s Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies(NMIMS) University has proposed to start its first off-campus centre in Andhra Pradesh.

    A delegation from the university headed by Amrish Patel, chancellor NMIMS, recently met Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy and informed him about their Andhra plans. Welcoming their move, the chief minister said since IIT, BITS-Pilani and many other institutes of excellence are coming up in Hyderabad, NMIMS could also find a suitable location in the neighbouring districts of Hyderabad.

    Source: Business Standard (http://www.business-standard.com/strategist/storypage.php?leftnm=6&subLeft=8&chklogin=N&autono=291501&tab=r)
    - india, in 13 years
  • URL: http://www.thehindu.com/2007/07/20/stories/2007072050720200.htm
    Process for SEZ begins
    GUNTUR: The ball has been set rolling for the establishment of a Special Economic Zone (SEZ) on a 40-acre site in Mangalagiri. The Vijayawada-Guntur-Tenali-Mangalagiri Urban Development Authority (VGTM-UDA) on Monday began calling for Request for Proposal (RFP) from prospective bidders and information technology (IT) companies following the nod from the Union Ministry of Commerce and the State Government. The last date for the receipt of RFP is September 10. Following the nod given by the Board of Approvals, development commissioner of the Visakhapatnam Export Processing Zone, Subba Reddy inspected the site and approved it for undertaking the project. The VGTM-UDA will establish the SEZ in the Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode and partner the bidder in setting up various facilities.

    “We have called for proposals to design, develop and construct SEZ from bidders. The proposed SEZ would be divided into two zones, one a processing zone spread over 20 acres, on which IT and ITES firms would be set up, and the remaining 20 acres would be utilised for setting up a non-processing zone, which would consist of housing, recreation spots etc,” VGTM-UDA Vice-Chairman Y.S. Prasad told The Hindu on Thursday. With the present land prices at Mangalagiri close to R s.70 lakh per acre, UDA expects to pocket at least Rs.28 crore from the deal.The UDA is enthused over the prospects of the getting an attractive bidder, as the proposed site is just beside the Singapore Class Township, to be built on 50 acres. The UDA on Monday entered into an agreement with M/s Arihant Indo-African Infra Developers and Builders Private Limited and the groundbreaking ceremony is expected to be in August.

    Mangalagiri is promising to witness a flurry of activity in future as the UDA also proposed to set up an International School on a PPP basis. It has already screened the bidders and selected three bidders. Among them were, Dubai-based Gem International School, VISU International and the Tirupati-based Sree Vidyaniketan School.
    - Babji, in 13 years
  • http://www.projectsmonitor.com/detailnews.asp?newsid=14112&secid=32
    APGenco to complete all six units by 2012
    Rayalaseema Thermal Power Project - The foundation stone of the fifth unit of Rayalaseema Thermal Power Project, Stage-III (1x210 mw + 1x500 mw), in Cuddapah district of Andhra Pradesh was laid recently. The estimated cost of stage-III is Rs 2,800 crore. Coal for the proposed unit is being finalised. Unit 5 is scheduled to commission by February 2009.

    RTPP Stage-I comprising two units of 210 mw each with an estimated cost of Rs 860.30 crore was commissioned in 1994 and 1995 respectively. RTPP Stage-II comprises two units of 210 mw with an estimated cost of Rs 1,640 crore, out of which the third unit was commissioned in January this year and the fourth unit is under construction. Power generation was started in the third unit and steps are being taken to ensure completion of the fourth unit by September 2007. Nearly 600 mw of power could be generated if four units of the RTPP are complete.

    The construction of all the six units of the RTPP is expected to complete by 2012. Power Finance Corporation and Rural Electrification Corporation will provide financial assistance for the project.

    The company has submitted proposals to bring water from Brahmasagar through pipeline for the units to be constructed and will float the tenders soon. Steps are also being taken to bring 40 cusecs of water from Brahmasagar to the RTPP. The water will be sourced from Mailavaram dam for the project. The company will conduct a public hearing in August as part of the process for environmental clearance.

    The construction of various power projects was quickened to generate 7,513 mw of power by 2012. At present, 6,761 mw of power is being generated in the state. Meanwhile, steps are also being taken to hasten construction of Jurala, Vijayawada, Kakatiya, Kottagudem, Krishnapatnam, Lower Jurala and other power projects.
    The construction of Pulivendula and Polavaram projects will start once the problems related to it are solved.
    - Babji, in 13 years
  • URL: http://www.thehindu.com/2007/07/23/stories/2007072357990300.htm
    Flyover at Benz Circle, at last?
    VIJAYAWADA: The long-awaited proposal to construct a flyover at Benz Circle to ease traffic congestion may take the final shape in the hands of the Vijayawada Municipal Corporation (VMC), which wants to call for tenders for the project on the Engineering Procurement Construction (EPC) basis.

    Official sources in the VMC indicate that Commissioner Natarajan Gulzar is keen on developing the flyover as part of the BRTS project, which will be taken up at a total cost of Rs. 152.64 crores. The cost of the flyover is, however, yet to be decided.

    BRTS route: The BRTS, which begins and ends at the City Bus Terminal, passes through railway goods shed, railway station, C.K. Reddy road junction, the removed railway track of Satyanarayanapuram, Madhura Nagar junction, Padavala Revu, Gunadala, Ramavarappadu Ring Road junction, Dr. N.T.R. University of Health Sciences, Benz Circle, Indira Gandhi Municipal Stadium, Vijaya Krishna super bazar and old bus stand.

    The VMC has asked the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) to dedicate a lane on the NH-5 for BRTS, which passes through a 4.5-km distance on the highway. The VMC feels that this can be a possibility as the NH-5 will, in any case, be converted into a six-lane road. As the NHAI had earlier wanted to construct a flyover as a part of the NH-5 widening work, the VMC asked it to design the flyover in such a way that a lane could be dedicated for BRTS buses, NHAI sources say. However, NHAI officials point out that the flyover has not been included in any of the phases of its projects. NHAI officials explain that a six-lane flyover will have to be constructed at Benz Circle for a length of 700 metres to ease the traffic. It will have to begin near Vasavya Clinic and end after Hanuman temple.

    Mr. Gulzar is said to be keen on getting the flyover designed in such a way that one arm can be dropped towards Bandar Road, so that it can aligned in tune with the BRTS route.
    - Babji, in 13 years
  • URL: http://www.thehindu.com/2007/07/26/stories/2007072659390300.htm
    Real estate prices go through the roof Spotlight
    VIJAYAWADA: What does a piece of land mean to a person? For a middle class man, it means a house site for building a modest house with life’s hard-earned savings, but for those from the affluent sections of society, it’s a safe investment that can surely bring back good returns in future. Real estate business, like the construction industry, is going through turmoil for various reasons. Land is no longer within the reach of the middle class owing to massive rise in prices, but the business has come to suffer with Non-Resident Indian (NRI) not making any new investments on account of fluctuation in the value of US $.

    Real estate activity with city as the base began in the early 80s mainly to provide house sites to the middleclass on the outskirts. Middleclass remained for long the prime target of the real estate firms, which launched schemes like ‘own your plot on easy instalments.’ Layouts were developed in places like Poranki, Penamaluru and Kankipadu by converting prime agriculture lands into plots...

    Escalating prices: By mid 90s, house sites were no longer within the reach of the salaried classes. Following an increase in the inflow of investment from the NRIs, demand for house sites too increased. Farmers who have begun to sense the opportunity jacked up the prices of their lands. “Several factors determine the price of plots. After purchasing land, we have to pay several charges to different departments and convert the land into a layout by dividing it into plots,” explains N. Sridhar Rao, president of the Vijayawada chapter of the Andhra Pradesh Real Estate Developers’ Association. A first generation real estate developer in the city, Mr. Rao says developers experience several pains in the process of completing a venture...

    Pay extra for agri-lands : While the Vijayawada-Guntur-Tenali-Mangalagiri – Urban Development Authority (VGTM-UDA) is the competent agency to permit layouts in villages falling in its jurisdiction, the local panchayat assumes the right in other villages. If a piece of land that a developer wants to convert into a layout is referred to as agricultural land in revenue records, the developer will have to pay conversion charges to the revenue department as well. Developers say some layouts in the VGTM-UDA’s purview are not being approved. “Those who buy plots in unapproved layouts will not get any building permission. They can’t even get housing loans from financial institutions. Besides, the UDA has powers to demolish any construction in unapproved layouts,” Y.S. Prasad, Vice-Chairman of the VGTM-UDA, makes clear.

    ... Re-registration of same land in the name of different persons is another major complaint that is often voiced against real estate developers. Though officials agree that some instances have come to light, they assert that it is not a major problem in Vijayawada as compared to Hyderabad and Visakhapatnam. “It is better if buyers personally see the land they want to buy and check the land records before signing the sale agreement,” advises M. Srinivasa Murthy, Assistant District Registrar, Vijayawada.
    - Babji, in 13 years
  • URL: http://www.thehindu.com/2007/07/26/stories/2007072658290600.htm
    ‘Light going rail’ likely for Tirumala
    TIRUMALA: The Tirumala Tirupathi Devasthanams (TTD) is toying with the idea of laying a ‘Light Going Rail’ between Renigunta and Tirumala for the visiting pilgrims.

    It was decided to commission Rail India Technical Engineering Services to conduct a feasibility study before coming to a final conclusion. The proposed system, it believes, will ease the growing traffic congestion at the Tirupati town.The TTD Board also resolved to lay a 13-lane road at the Alipiri toll gate at a cost of Rs.10 crore as part of its security strengthening measures besides sanctioning an equal amount for purchase of sophisticated security gadgets and setting up of check posts at vital points...
    - Babji, in 13 years
  • Reliance plans $2.5 bn investment in fertilizer plant

    New Delhi, July 26 (PTI) Reliance Industries, the Mukesh Ambani-run petrochemical to energy company, plans to invest over 2.5 billion dollars to set up India's largest fertilizer plant.

    Reliance has applied to the Fertilizer Ministry for permission to set up a 4 million tons-a-year fertilizer plant at either Kakinada in Andhra Pradesh or Jamnagar in Gujarat, a company executive said.

    The fertilizer plant would use natural gas from the company's prolific gas field off in Krishna Godavari basin off the Andhra coast as feedstock. Gas from the KG-D6 block is to land at Kakinada and the company is laying a 1,400-km pipeline to Gujarat border for transporting the fuel.

    Reliance has faced opposition from fertilizer and power sector to the price it has proposed for the gas from KG-D6. The company plans to take the challenge face-on by becoming a player itself.

    India is a net importer of fertilizer, buying about 5 million tons of the commodity every year from overseas. "We are confident of setting up a world-class facility at prices never thought off," the executive said.

    Reliance had proved its project management skills when it set up the nation's largest oil refinery at Jamnagar at almost half the cost incurred by the public sector in similar projects.

    Currently, it is building an export-oriented 29 million tons refinery adjacent to the existing one for less than USD 6-billion whereas a 9 million tons refinery at Bhatinda by state-run HPCL will cost Rs 18,919 crore (USD 4.7 billion). PTI
    - Babji, in 13 years
  • Reddy takes guard as PM visits AP

    HYDERABAD: As if the Khammam firing episode was not enough, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Rajasekhara Reddy will face his boss Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday and will have a lot of explaining to do.

    While the PM’s key agenda during his trip to Hyderabad would be to assess agriculture and investment scenario in the state, the police firing on the Left cadre on Saturday that left six people dead, is in all probability going to hang heavy on the Andhra CM.

    Prior to his visit, Mr Singh has termed the killings as “unfortunate” and reiterated the government’s commitment on redistribution of land to the landless. On the eve of his visit, TDP leader N Chandrababu Naidu has announced that he would undertake a hunger strike on Tuesday.

    The PM will be accompanied by Union agriculture minister Sharad Pawar, finance minister P Chidambaram, Planning Commission deputy chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia and senior bureaucrats.

    The prime minister will review the progress in agriculture and allied activities, besides taking stock of large investments across key sectors. Incidentally, the state government is not planning to raise the issue of farmer distress and suicides - that the state was infamously known for some years ago - as it believes that its farm-savvy policies have begun to pay dividends.

    The Andhra Pradesh government is expected to showcase its roadmap for securing 20% of the Centre’s additional foodgrain target of 20 mt in the next five years. In fact, AP, much like Maharashtra, intends to leverage its experience in efficient management of water resources and continued focus on irrigation.

    “What AP does today, India will do tomorrow,” said a senior official, outlining the state’s 3-year outlay of about Rs 30,000 crore for irrigation-related projects targetted at covering 20 lakh acres.

    The state, which swears by high spends on irrigation, is eyeing a share of the Rs 5,000-crore central special fund (Rs 25,000 over the next 5 years) if its base line expenditure as a part of the Plan spend is maintained at similar levels.

    The state will also push for higher outlays under the Accelerated Irrigation Benefit Programme. It is sequentially augmenting resources to expand assets under irrigation, extending its reach and also stabilising the existing facilities.

    The state will seek an assistance of Rs 8,800 crore for various sectors like revenue, energy, urban development and infrastructure. It will seek viability gap funding for the inter-city high-speed rail corridor between Visakhapatnam and Hyderabad, outer ring road project, Hyderabad Metro Rail Project, the refinery project by ONGC at Kakinada and a petrochemical investment region (PCPIR) in Visakhapatnam.

    It’ll also make out a case for clearance of Polavaram, Indira Sagar lift irrigation, Dummugudem lift irrigation scheme, Sripadasagar (Yellampally Barrage), Bhupatipalem, Komaram, Masurumilli, Peddavagu (Neelwai), Modikunta Vagu, Kalwakurthy lift irrigation scheme (MGLI) and Nettampadu lift irrigation (Jawahar LIS) projects.

    While the state and the Centre are busy churning out new plans to better the condition of farmers, there is criticism from some quarters that the relief package announced by the government last year failed to reach the needy. “As per the package, farmers were entitled to get interest waivers on crop loans.

    However, they could not avail it as the banks have already rescheduled their order books as the past two years (2003-04 and 2004-05) were declared as bad crop years,” said Y Sivaji, president, AP Tobacco Farmers Association, which is seeking a relief package on the similar lines of the Rs 14,000-crore agriculture rural debt relief scheme announced by the Centre in 1990.

    Source: The Economic Times (http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/News/PoliticsNation/Reddy_takes_guard_as_PM_visits_AP/articleshow/2245550.cms)
    - harsh1802, in 13 years
  • Deccan Chronicle
    PM heaps promises on State
    Hyderabad, July 31: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday promised substantial financial aid to the State to improve agricultural productivity and readily consented to several of the 21 project proposals placed before him. Mr Singh gave these assurances while taking part in a review meeting arranged by the State government.

    An elated Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhar Reddy said that the State had got specific assurances from the Prime Minister on some pending projects especially in the agriculture sector. "This is the first time a Prime Minister had spent so much time to review projects in a State," he added. Ministers Botsa Satyanarayana, Ponnala Laxmaiah, N. Raghuveera Reddy, Kanna Laxminarayana and G. Chinna Reddy were present.

    The Prime Minister asked the State to increase production of rice by 50 lakh tonnes, oil seeds by 5 lakh tonnes and pulses by 3.5 lakh tonnes. He promised assistance from the Centre’s Rs 25,000-crore initiative for agriculture development. The meeting decided that the railway ministry and the State government would jointly set up a special purpose vehicle for the Rs 90,000-crore inter-city high speed rail corridor between Hyderabad and Vizag.

    It decided to call tenders for the 4,000 MW Krishnapatnam power project by October and hold talks with the Japanese consortium for the pending 520 MW BPL thermal power project at Ramagundem. A detailed project report for the refinery at Kakinada will be prepared within a month. The fast track HPCL Visakhapatnam Refinery will be expanded to 8.3 million tonnes by 2008 and 10 million tonnes by 2011.

    The meeting approved the Rs 367-crore project for construction of roads in extremist-affected areas and the Centre was requested to speed up clearances for bauxite mining leases to APMDC. Four national highway projects were also cleared.
    Mr Singh agreed to gap funding for Hyderabad Mass Rapid Transport System and the State sought more funds for the outer ring road for Hyderabad. The State also requested the Prime Minister to consider the express highway from Begumpet to the new international airport at Shamshabad under fast track. The expansion of Visakhapatnam port from 56 million tonnes to 100 million tonnes was another project which was approved. Dr Rajasekhar Reddy sought aid for Petroleum, Chemicals and Petrochemicals Investment Region at Vizag.
    link for Eenadu: http://www.eenadu.net/panelhtml.asp?qrystr=htm/panel2.htm
    - Babji, in 14 years
  • Deccan Chronicle

    90,000 crores?
    that is like 20 billion dollars. i dont think a high speed link between two cities will cost that much.
    - ..devil.., in 14 years
  • The 61 km Hyd Metro is costing approx Rs. 8,500 crore.
    The 600+ km Hyd-Vizag HSR may cost approx Rs. 90,000 crore

    Or could it be a typo ...

    but the important thing is, they decided to start the ball rolling ... :)
    - Babji, in 14 years
  • ^^ It would cost exactly that much....may be more!
    - harsh1802, in 14 years
  • The 61 km Hyd Metro is costing approx Rs. 8,500 crore.
    The 600+ km Hyd-Vizag HSR may cost approx Rs. 90,000 crore

    Or could it be a typo ...

    but the important thing is, they decided to start the ball rolling ... :)

    it could be the cost of the whole high speed rail project connecting hyd to the rest of the metros.
    - ..devil.., in 14 years
  • URL: http://www.thehindu.com/2007/08/01/stories/2007080159711000.htm
    Chidambaram predicts investment boom in State
    HYDERABAD: Expressing satisfaction over the progress made in 10 major infrastructure and other projects costing more than Rs.40,000 crore in the State, Union Finance Minister P. Chidambaram on Tuesday said there would be an “investment boom” in the coming days in Andhra Pradesh.

    Making a brief statement to the media after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh reviewed the investment proposals and infrastructure projects, he said many of the proposals were under implementation and some in an advanced stage of consideration.

    The projects reviewed include 4,000 MW Krishnapatnam Ultra Mega Power Project, 520 MW Ramagundem thermal plant, HPCL refinery expansion and SEZ at Kakinada, expansion of Visakhapatnam port, Petroleum Chemical Petrochemical Investment Region, Visakhaptanam, Mass Rapid Transit System for Hyderabad, ORR and the expressway to the International Airport.

    Mr.Chidambaram said the meeting noted down the responsibilities, timelines and dates by which the projects would be completed. He said the Centre would closely monitor the schemes and positively look into the proposals put forward by the State Government. He said the State Government had also made a presentation on energy, infrastructure urban development, road transport, railway projects among others...
    - Babji, in 14 years
  • it could be the cost of the whole high speed rail project connecting hyd to the rest of the metros.

    Japanese companies are desperate to push high-cost trains by providing cheap loans.
    - upendora, in 14 years
  • If the Indian government is seriously considering HSR network in India, it should be nothing less than world class. It wouldn't be worth the investment if we didn't build such one.

    Taiwan would be a great model to look up t0!

    http://www.thsrc.com.tw/en/index.htm

    http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=367080&page=2


    :cheers:

    PS:

    As i said..........

    The Taiwan High Speed Rail (Traditional Chinese: 台灣高速鐵路, also known as the THSR) is Taiwan's high-speed rail network, running approximately 335.50 kilometers (208 mi) from Taipei City to Kaohsiung City, which began operations on January 5, 2007.

    The total cost of the project is currently estimated to be US$15 billion,[2] and is the one of the largest privately funded transport schemes to date.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taiwan_High_Speed_Rail
    - harsh1802, in 14 years
  • it could be the cost of the whole high speed rail project connecting hyd to the rest of the metros.

    Considering the fact that a high-speed rail network (freight + passenger) would require sophisticated technology to build with dedicated tracks and the whole nine yards and keeping in mind the distance between Hyderabad and Vishakhapatnam (~650KM), Rs.90,000 crore, albeit a lot, seems like a realistic figure to me.

    http://img58.imageshack.us/img58/1106/andhramap2kd7.gif

    The coastal belt comprising of Vizag, Kakinada and Machilipatnam coupled with Guntur and Vijayawada is a high-density corridor with two major ports and atleast as many key business centers along it's way. Add Hyderabad to the list and the whole project becomes more than just feasible.

    I can't even start to imagine the amount of growth this entire stretch will experience once this network is in place. The best part being the possibility of the track(s) running almost parallel to the two major highways - NH5 & NH9 (barring a small diversion between Machilipatnam and Guntur).

    SIDE NOTE: How about constructing a high-speed rail 'quadrilateral' and an east-west/north-south 'diagonals' between major cities in the next 10-15 years time? The design of the 'quadrilateral' is pretty obvious with Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai and Kolkata figuring in the scheme of things and being given equal importance. However, Hyderabad's strategic location on the map can make it a hub along the east-west/north-south line.
    - india, in 14 years
  • Will they plan a new rail route to Vizag via Khammam. Although it may go through forest areas.
    - upendora, in 15 years
  • http://img58.imageshack.us/img58/1106/andhramap2kd7.gif


    someone needs to change the legend, according to in andhra pradesh has 6 state capitals.
    also its not entirely maharashtra bordering in the north, there is chattisgarh too.
    - ..devil.., in 16 years
  • someone needs to change the legend, according to in andhra pradesh has 6 state capitals.
    also its not entirely maharashtra bordering in the north, there is chattisgarh too.

    The legend was all right. I just created those extra dots to highlight the key towns/cities. Maharashtra is fine where it is. It's Chhattisgarh and Orissa that're messed (mixed?) up. Jagdalpur is in Chhattisgarh while Malkangiri is in Orissa.

    By the way, what's Bijapur doing in Chhattisgarh? Or is there a Bijapur in CG too?
    - india, in 16 years
  • The legend was all right. I just created those extra dots to highlight the key towns/cities. Maharashtra is fine where it is. It's Chhattisgarh and Orissa that're messed (mixed?) up. Jagdalpur is in Chhattisgarh while Malkangiri is in Orissa.

    By the way, what's Bijapur doing in Chhattisgarh? Or is there a Bijapur in CG too?

    ^^ If Bijapur is in Chattisgarh and Malkangiri is in Orissa, which state gets Penta :lol: sorry couldn't help it ... j/k
    PS: For non-telugus, Penta in telugu means S@#t. :)
    - vamsireddy, in 16 years
  • ^^ If Bijapur is in Chattisgarh and Malkangiri is in Orissa, which state gets Penta...

    :lol:! Abandoning and subsequently pushing the tiny town called "bovine feces" (literal translation from Telugu) over to the other side rather conveniently is what I call smart bordering.

    I'll :cheers: to that!
    - india, in 16 years
  • :lol: penta kuppa:lol:
    - voryaa, in 16 years
  • AP gov't should start to focus on Vijayawada, Guntur and Vizag. It shouldn't focus entirely on Hyderabad. It should encourage more industrial development in Vizag, and more financial/commercial development in Vijayawada.
    - irutavias, in 16 years
  • 8 greenfield airports to come up in state by 2009

    Air connectivity to all regions of the state will become a reality by 2009 as eight greenfield airports will be developed in the next two years in the state. Of the total, six airports will come up under Public Private Partnership (PPP) and two airports will be developed by the Airports Authority of India (AAI).

    The state government has already signed an MoU with AAI in March, 2007, to develop airports at Kadapa and Warangal. While the state government will provide land, free electricity and water for a period of five years at the airports apart from security, the AAI will take care of expenditure on development, operation and maintenance of these airports.

    Six airports are being developed at Nellore, Kothagudem, Nizamabad, Tadepalligudem, Kurnool and Ramagundam. These airports can handle ATR-42 and ATR-72 type of aircraft. These airports can also be used as training centres if private airline operators set up training centres in the state.

    The Infrastructure Corporation of Andhra Pradesh (Incap) has been given the task of developing the airports in two years.

    Sources said a private airlines operator, a real estate company and another airport company have formed a consortia and expressed their interest in developing airports in the state.

    The state government and Airport Authority of India (AAI) have signed an MoU to develop Kadapa and Warangal airports in February which will be ready within two years.

    Incap has begun its efforts to identify potential areas and land availability for the upcoming airports. The corporation has written to the district collectors of the districts, where these airports are proposed, to identify land. For each airport, the consortia will have to invest about Rs 30 cr to Rs 40 cr.

    “The state government wants to develop airports under PPP. If the response is poor from the developers, we keep other options open like the Swiss Challenge method or even signing an MoU with private players,’’ Incap managing director Sanjay Jaju told ‘TOI’ on Friday.

    To make the PPP model viable and attract the consortia, Incap is identifying only potential and economically viable areas for green field airports. If the PPP is successful, the government may even think of linking it to areas with tourism potential in the state.

    The sources said the Centre wants to experiment the PPP model for developing airports in the state and if it works, the same model would be extended to other states too.


    [TOI]
    - IU, in 16 years
  • 8 greenfield airports to come up in state by 2009[TOI]

    High time!
    - india, in 16 years
  • Infosys gets nod for SEZ proposals (http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/2007/08/09/stories/2007080952491000.htm)


    The Board of Approval of Special Economic Zones (SEZs) on Wednesday gave four formal approvals and two in-principle approvals for setting up of SEZs. The four formal approvals included the two IT/ITES zones proposed by Infosys Technologies at Rangareddy district in Andhra Pradesh.
    - cbeboy, in 16 years
  • AP gov't should start to focus on Vijayawada, Guntur and Vizag. It shouldn't focus entirely on Hyderabad. It should encourage more industrial development in Vizag, and more financial/commercial development in Vijayawada.



    what about other cities of AP. are Vizag and Vijayawada everything??? that seems to be too narrow in itself.
    - pding, in 16 years
  • URL: http://www.thehindu.com/2007/08/09/stories/2007080953860300.htm
    Call for Nidadavole bandh tomorrow
    ELURU: The closure of an Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) depot at Nidadavole triggered protest among locals.

    A relay hunger strike was launched at Nidadavole under the aegis of the ‘Porata Committee’, demanding revival of the bus depot. As there was no positive response to their demand from the RTC authorities even after five days of the hunger strike, the committee called for a bandh in the town on August 10.

    Gateway: The RTC top brass closed the depot a year ago on the ground of dwindling revenue. However, the locals felt Nidadavole, a gateway for the upland and delta regions in the district, was virtually cut off from the road transport due to the closure of the depot. The commuters in and around Nidadavole area are subjected to hardship as the frequency of services drastically came down.
    There will be no buses available for commuters after 8-30pm from Nidadavole due to low frequency of services. Currently, buses were being operated from Tadepalligudem.

    The residents fear that the trade in their area would be badly affected if there was no adequate transport facility. Incidentally, the nearby Kovvuru depot was also closed.

    looks like a very thickly populated area - any forumers familier with this area ...
    could this become a political drama ...
    - Babji, in 16 years
  • what about other cities of AP. are Vizag and Vijayawada everything??? that seems to be too narrow in itself.

    Well, you can't really go to a village and initiate development, can you?
    These cities are regional centres with industry and commerce already present. They have some infrastructure already, and if their development is planned from now onwards, they won't end up like almost all our major cities (haphazard development and planning at the last moment).
    - irutavias, in 16 years
  • what about other cities of AP. are Vizag and Vijayawada everything??? that seems to be too narrow in itself.

    Huh ?
    - rajarajang, in 16 years
  • Warangal and Tirupati are catching up too.
    proximity to a metro, presence of Universities/reputed Edu Instts, availability of quality resources, good transportation network - all these factors would benefit each of these two upcoming cities.

    ps: add Kakinada to the list, except that there is no metro city in the close proximity...
    - Babji, in 16 years
  • Hindustan Times
    Gurgaon-Jaipur highway set for six-laning
    The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) on Thursday approved six laning of 838 km of national highways, including the Gurgaon-Jaipur and Panipat-Jalandhar stretches, under the National Highways Development Project (NHDP), involving an estimated cost of Rs 5,610.77 crore.

    “The CCEA has approved six laning of 838.10 km of four sections of existing four lane national highways under the public-private partnership (PPP) model,” Finance Minister P Chidambaram told reporters.

    The 291 km Panipat-Jalandhar National Highway has been approved for six-laning at an estimated cost of Rs 2,198 crore, while six-laning of 225.6 km Gurgaon-Kotputli-Jaipur National Highway would involve a cost of Rs 1,517 crore.

    The other stretches include the 239 km Surat-Dahisar National Highway at an estimated cost of Rs 1,355.47 crore and the 82.5 km Chilkaluripet-Vijaywada in Andhra Pradesh at Rs 540.30 crore, he said.

    All the projects will be undertaken on the pattern of design, build, finance and operate (DBFO) basis under NHDP’s fifth phase, Chidambaram said.
    - Babji, in 16 years
  • Ocean Park group takes up 3 projects (http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/2007/08/11/stories/2007081152172100.htm)


    Ocean Park group, based in Hyderabad, is taking up two major projects in the north-coastal Andhra Pradesh in the vicinity of Vizag at an estimated approximate cost of Rs 600 crore and another major project in Hyderabad, said Mr M. Venkateswara Rao, Managing Director of the company.

    At a press meet here on Friday evening, he said Prestige Golf City project would be taken up at Denkada in the Bhogapuram mandal on a 150-acre site, 37 km from Vizag and 9 km from Vizianagaram, on the banks of the Champavathi river. The colony will have a golf course, club house, gardens and all other amenities and facilities.

    Prestige Blues would be taken up at Jeerupalem village on a 150-acre site. “We are planning to build a film studio, an amusement park and beach farm houses. We will create facilities for water sports. An undersea restaurant is also being planned, but we have to get the approval yet,” he said.

    Mr Rao said the two projects would generate employment on a large scale, and at least 20,000 people would get jobs directly or indirectly. Further, they would provide a great boost to tourism in and around Visakapatnam. He said work had already begun on these projects and the first phase may be completed in one-and-a-half years.

    Mr Rao said the company would organise a star nite here on Saturday evening, with several Telugu film stars, to announce the launch of the two projects here and a new one in Hyderabad.

    Prestige Global City would be the new project being taken up by the company on the Hyderabad-Vijayawada highway, he said. “It will be a multi-architectural satellite township of a unique type. It will have residential apartments, individual bungalows and commercial complexes.”

    Mr Yendamuri Virendranath, Telugu writer associated with the group, also spoke about the new projects.
    - cbeboy, in 16 years
  • URL: http://www.thehindu.com/2007/08/14/stories/2007081460530600.htm
    3 seaports to be operational from 2008
    GUNTUR: The three anchorage ports proposed at Gangavaram near Visakhapatnam, Gilikaladinni in Machilipatnam and Krishnapatnam in Nellore district will handle cargo services from April-May 2008, Minister for Ports, Airports and Basic Infrastructure Mopineni Venkata Ramana Rao has said.

    Out of the three seaports, works had already begun at two ports -- Gangavaram and Krishnapatnam, he told reporters on Monday. Works regarding the construction of port at Machilipatnam were likely to begin from September and Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy will lay foundation stone. Construction of all these ports was being done on a PPP mode.
    - Babji, in 16 years
  • DEccan Chronicle:
    AP 2nd best in corporate investment
    Hyderabad, Aug. 14: AP has surpassed Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu in corporate investments by recording an investment of Rs 25,173 crores during 2006-2007, a report said on Wednesday. Gujarat continues to be No 1 in the country, according to the latest Reserve Bank of India (RBI) study on outlook for corporate investments.

    Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhar Reddy who discussed the report and investment issues with senior officials, said the State had the best investor friendly investment policy. He said that power tariff for the industrial sector was cut twice in the last three years. He asked officials to strive hard to achieve the No 1 position. Officials told Dr Reddy that Fab City was proceeding as per schedule and, besides Semindia as promoter.

    http://www.railway-technology.com/news/news1801.html

    India Gets High-Speed Rail Underway
    09 July 2007 17:23
    A high-speed rail project connecting the Indian state capital of Andhra Pradesh Hyderabad with the city of Machilipatnam is underway, the Indian Government announced today...
    - Babji, in 16 years
  • Just check out this weeks BUSINESS TODAY>>>
    Its says dat AP is next only to GUJ and MAHA in the total number of proposals rcieved and the total amount of capital invested in the state beating TN and KARNATAKA
    - Prodigist, in 17 years
  • That seems impossible! AP beating TN and MH? But it definitely is good news!
    - irutavias, in 17 years
  • Just check out this weeks BUSINESS TODAY>>>
    Its says dat AP is next only to GUJ and MAHA in the total number of proposals rcieved and the total amount of capital invested in the state beating TN and KARNATAKA

    In terms of proposal received may be we r ahead of TN and KAR but in terms of actual investments and grounding of the projects A.P is very much behind the two progressive southern states.Announcing ONGC petrochemical complex in Kakinada (it is in limbo last heard) Bramari steel plant in Anantapur district or MNR car project in medak district are proposals which r to materialize.See what happened to the much talked about FAB city project.After grand announcements it will be just a test and packing arrangement with just few hundred million dollar investment with employment potential of just around 3 to 5 thousand and not a few billion dollar investment with employment potential of a few lacs.
    - ranga, in 17 years
  • Well, you can't really go to a village and initiate development, can you?
    These cities are regional centres with industry and commerce already present. They have some infrastructure already, and if their development is planned from now onwards, they won't end up like almost all our major cities (haphazard development and planning at the last moment).




    so everything other than Hyd, Vizag, and V'wada are villages.....news to me!!!
    - pding, in 17 years
  • In terms of proposal received may be we r ahead of TN and KAR but in terms of actual investments and grounding of the projects A.P is very much behind the two progressive southern states.Announcing ONGC petrochemical complex in Kakinada (it is in limbo last heard) Bramari steel plant in Anantapur district or MNR car project in medak district are proposals which r to materialize.See what happened to the much talked about FAB city project.After grand announcements it will be just a test and packing arrangement with just few hundred million dollar investment with employment potential of just around 3 to 5 thousand and not a few billion dollar investment with employment potential of a few lacs.




    wow, you really think few hundred million dollars is small amount????

    India is yet to have a fab facility anywhere. and remember we are not the only one to have received a proposal. KN and TN too got some proposals and all are currently in "planning." atleast we know that Hyd is getting a testing and packaging facility in about 3 years' time. you are too pessimistic. sorry but true.
    - pding, in 17 years
  • URL: http://www.thehindu.com/2007/08/17/stories/2007081751230300.htm
    Gangavaram works apace industry Dossier
    VISAKHAPATNAM: After weathering protests over rehabilitation and resettlement package, the Gangavaram Port Limited (GPL) is racing against time to make the port operational by this year-end.

    The port, being developed under public-private participation by forming a special purpose vehicle, will be expanded in phases. The construction work is going on at a fast pace and indications suggest that the port will be commissioned with five berths.

    Harbour depth: The all-weather, deepwater, multi-purpose world-class port will have one iron ore and a coal berth and three multipurpose berths. It will have a harbour depth of 21 metres – said to be the deepest among all Indian ports.

    With the port promoters – DVS Raju and consortium – keen on making it fully mechanised – it is bound to pose tough competition to the Visakhapatnam Port Trust, India’s premier major port. The Gangavaram port management wants to handle 22 million tonnes initially and later enhance it to 85 million tonnes.

    Though a minor port, it will have fully automated handling facility for coal, iron ore and container material. It will have mobile cranes for bulk and break cargoes with excellent road and rail connectivity. It will be beneficial to the Visakhapatnam Steel Plant and the NTPC Simhadri because it is nearer, helping them to cut down their freight expenses.

    Back-up area: Sources said the GPL has back-up area of 2,800 acres for transit storage and blending. The management also promises to provide a faster turnaround time with no pre-berthing delays.

    With Gopalpur being developed into an all-weather port in South Orissa in private sector and Kakinada in the neighbourhood offering competitive handling charges, Visakhapatnam Port is also gearing up to face competition by augmenting its infrastructure with an outlay of over Rs.3,000 crores.
    - Babji, in 17 years
  • Reliance Retail to pump in Rs 2,700 cr for AP expansion
    17 Aug, 2007, 0137 hrs IST,Appaji Reddem, TNN
    HYDERABAD: Reliance Retail is all set to step up its presence in Andhra Pradesh. As part of this plan, the company will pump in Rs 2,700 crore in the state. Part of it will go to a hypermart in Hyderabad. And the retailer will also open Reliance Fresh outlets across the state.

    "We have earmarked an investment of Rs 25,000 crore in the retail segment, of which over 12% will go to Andhra Pradesh by 2010. The state has high potential for growth and is one of the fast growing regions in the country,’’ said Raghu Pillai, CEO (operations & strategy), Reliance Retail.

    The company operates 45 Reliance Fresh outlets in Andhra Pradesh, of which 31 are in Hyderabad. ``We are planning to open 65,000 square feet hypermart in Hyderabad by December this year. We are also looking at opening more stores in Tier II cities in Andhra Pradesh including Tirupati, Vijayawada Rajahmundry and Visakhapatnam,’’ said Mr Pillai.

    The company had opened its first 1,65,000 square feet hypermart in Ahmedabad this week. It is also looking at opening similar stores in Jamnagar, Delhi, Chennai, Jalandhar and Jaipur.

    The company aims to have pan India presence by December this year as well. Its target is to have one million sq ft of hypermart space including about 30 stores in major cities by this year-end. ``We will have about 500 hypermart stores and 784 Reliance town centres in urban India by 2010,’’ he added. At present, Reliance Retail has over 208 stores in the country with 593,199 sq ft under its management.

    Talking about the hypermart format, he said, the company offers easy finance options including monthly EMIs to customers for buying products worth over Rs 10,000. Innovative services like tailoring, shoe repair shops, photoshop, home furnishing will also be in the offing in the hypermarts.

    The proposed retail expansion is estimated to create direct employment to about 5 lakh people and indirect employment for 20 lakh in the country. Currently retailing is the largest employer after agriculture.

    ``Given the rate of growth that Indian economy currently has, it is one of the most attractive markets in the world even compared to markets like Brazil, China and Russia. There is about 12% to 15% growth in the organised retail sector in India and it will become $60 billion industry in 5 to 10 years,’’ he said.
    - Babji, in 17 years
  • Coastal states set to get nuclear power
    16 Aug, 2007, 1945 hrs IST, PTI
    MUMBAI: Almost all coastal states will have atomic power plants once the Indo-US civil nuclear deal is signed and the Nuclear Power Corporation is identifying sites for setting up projects in Andhra Pradesh, Orissa, Gujarat and West Bengal that will generate over 30,000 MW.

    Kudankulam in Tamil Nadu already has two 1,000 MW Russian plants and four more plants with the same capacity are expected to be added once the Indo-US deal is inked.

    Jaitapur in Maharashtra has been cleared for the setting up of six 1,650 MW plants using European Power Reactors from the French company Areva, Nuclear Power Corporation Chairman S K Jain told media.

    No coastal site has been identified in Karnataka as the state government is satisfied with the inland site at Kaiga, where four indigenous 220 MW plants have been set up. Kerala is perhaps the only coastal state where there may not be any nuclear plant, Jain said.

    With the possibility of 40 billion dollars being invested in the nuclear power sector in the next 10 to 15 years once the Indo-US deal becomes a reality, Indian industries are likely to benefit from spin-offs, he said...
    - Babji, in 17 years
  • wow, you really think few hundred million dollars is small amount????

    India is yet to have a fab facility anywhere. and remember we are not the only one to have received a proposal. KN and TN too got some proposals and all are currently in "planning." atleast we know that Hyd is getting a testing and packaging facility in about 3 years' time. you are too pessimistic. sorry but true.

    Yep, after big ticket announcements made thru print and visual media in 2005 about the Fab city project and many billion dollar investments and lacs of potential employment for semi skilled and skilled just reducing to few hundred dollars project appears small.We will come back to the same subject after a couple of years to review the projects and then u may comment whether i am pessimistic or otherwise.
    - ranga, in 17 years
  • Yep, after big ticket announcements made thru print and visual media in 2005 about the Fab city project and many billion dollar investments and lacs of potential employment for semi skilled and skilled just reducing to few hundred dollars project appears small.We will come back to the same subject after a couple of years to review the projects and then u may comment whether i am pessimistic or otherwise.

    Yes u are right but remember that chip manufacturing is facing a severe overcapacity crisis and that we donot have an eco system for chip manufacturing before expressing your pessimism again and again....


    BUSINESS TODAY>>>>>>>
    It also states that that amount of capital invested into the state is also higher than KAR and TN

    And the overall outlook for the state of AP as a whole is pretty positive as the number of people venturing into entrepunurship is increasing in great numbers....
    Apart from this HYD will finally be able to break out from BANG's shadow wit the new airport, ORR, CBD, Fab city, Tourism projects.Thats leeaving the prominent educational institutions coming up AIIMS, IIT, BITS, GeorgiaTech and countless other private institutions coming up and the private institutions already present who would definitely want to increse their standards. The Appolo Health City is a huge institution in itself .

    Coming to VIZAG-- Its got great tourism potential which will definitely be unleashed (if not by the govt then definitely by corporates as the individuals with rising disposable income increase). And consider the two ports that the city would offer for exports with excellent connectivity. Combine this with the cheaper gas from KG Basin(as the price increases with the distance the gas has to transported viz MAHA and GUJ). The city of destiny offers a big long term advantage a reason why its attracted investments by Japaneese Pharmaceutical companies and by BIOCON whose founder still swears by Bangalore to set up manufacturing units.
    - Prodigist, in 17 years
  • Yep, after big ticket announcements made thru print and visual media in 2005 about the Fab city project and many billion dollar investments and lacs of potential employment for semi skilled and skilled just reducing to few hundred dollars project appears small.We will come back to the same subject after a couple of years to review the projects and then u may comment whether i am pessimistic or otherwise.



    maybe it was the media which was playing up the issue and the ppl who made the proposal didn't really say all this. we all know the quality of Indian media, don't we? so we should start being cautious with the media and stop saying few hundred million dollars is a small amount. b/c even in the US it's a huge amount and it's a little absurd to say that's a small amount.

    as far as i see it, Fab City is on its way as per the owners and the govt. i really doubt if all the ppl involved in the project are flat out lying. and whether you are a pessimist or not is revealed by every one of those 350+ posts that you have made.

    sorry to state this, but it is really annoying to see you posts every time i come on to Hyd/AP forums where you always hold the same negative thoughts about whatever is going on in AP....it reallllyyyy is annoying. pls stop it.
    - pding, in 18 years
  • maybe it was the media which was playing up the issue and the ppl who made the proposal didn't really say all this. we all know the quality of Indian media, don't we? so we should start being cautious with the media and stop saying few hundred million dollars is a small amount. b/c even in the US it's a huge amount and it's a little absurd to say that's a small amount.

    as far as i see it, Fab City is on its way as per the owners and the govt. i really doubt if all the ppl involved in the project are flat out lying. and whether you are a pessimist or not is revealed by every one of those 350+ posts that you have made.

    sorry to state this, but it is really annoying to see you posts every time i come on to Hyd/AP forums where you always hold the same negative thoughts about whatever is going on in AP....it reallllyyyy is annoying. pls stop it.

    Don't get agitated young man.I was born in Hyderabad,Living in Hyderabad for sixty years and may die in the same place.I became pessimistic after my observation of the actual growth in the state's economy down the years.More of noise less of performance.
    - ranga, in 18 years
  • Don't get agitated young man.I was born in Hyderabad,Living in Hyderabad for sixty years and may die in the same place.I became pessimistic after my observation of the actual growth in the state's economy down the years.More of noise less of performance.

    Thats right.... So wake up to the change thats happening around you,look at the zeal in us(the younger generation) in nation building.... cos development in a democracy like ours doesnt depend on the governments around but on the individuals and their visions instead....
    And Plz Plz Plz stop posting the same comments repeated atleast thrice in every page o this thread and the HYD projects thread
    - Prodigist, in 18 years
  • Don't get agitated young man.I was born in Hyderabad,Living in Hyderabad for sixty years and may die in the same place.I became pessimistic after my observation of the actual growth in the state's economy down the years.More of noise less of performance.


    sir, why ru talking of 60 years. talk of the past 10 years pls. growth in 60 years can't be compared b/c that was our socialist past; a past of wasted time. but not now. you seriously can't compare 60 years to the last 10 years.
    - pding, in 18 years
  • The Times of India
    Govt to set up expansion unit of BARC at Visakhapatnam
    18 Aug 2007, 1811 hrs IST,PTI
    NEW DELHI: The government has decided to set up an expansion unit of the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre at Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh with an initial investment of over Rs 2,000 crore.

    This will be part of the UPA government's developmental programme in the state and the expansion unit in Visakhapatnam would be next to Trombay in size, Minister of State for Commerce Jairam Ramesh said. Dismissing reports that the Centre was discriminating against the state, Ramesh, who is a Rajya Sabha member from Andhra Pradesh, said that the acquisition of land for the new unit is in process.

    Claiming that the Centre has released around Rs 10,000 crore for various flagship programmes like the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme, National Urban Renewal Mission, National Rural Health Mission and the Sarva Shikhsha Abhiyaan in 2006-07, he said the allocation for Andhra Pradesh was more than what was given to any southern state.

    Observing that MPs from the state were unhappy over Railway, Shipping and Transport ministries not doing enough for the state, Ramesh said MPs and ministers from the state would meet next week to take up the issue more vigorously.

    He said the UPA government has done more for the state than what the previous Chandrababu Naidu led TDP government got during the NDA regime.
    yes. expand the MMTS (phase III). bring in the HSR.
    do more for the National Highways in AP (at par with the National Standards). do more for ports projects ...
    - Babji, in 18 years
  • YSR said sometime back that AP has built 21 Lakh houses for poor already and will complete 70 Lakh houses in another two years. Looks commendable. Can some one indicate built up area of a house and cost. Are they pukka houses or bamboo huts? (picture) Many states can replicate the effort if found suitable.
    - Leo_r, in 18 years
  • Krishnapatnam UMPP bids delayed by 4 weeks
    2007-08-20 14:00:17 Source : Moneycontrol.com

    The 4,000 mw Krishnapatnam ultra mega power project, or UMPP, bids have been delayed by four weeks, reports CNBC-TV18.
    so, its "ON".
    more info:
    Krishnapatnam project bids to take time
    22 Aug, 2007, 0223 hrs IST, TNN
    NEW DELHI
    The bidding round for the 4,000 MW Krishnapatnam ultra mega power project in Andhra Pradesh, scheduled to kick off on August 24, 2007, will have to wait a while before it can take off. The bidding round which starts with the request for proposal (RFP) can start only after the inter-ministerial committee, formed to look into certain components of request for qualification (RFQ) and RFP, submits its report to the empowered group of ministers (E-GoM). The committee formed in the aftermath of the Sasan controversy, is evaluating certain norms for components of ultra mega power project RFP and is likely to submit its recommendations in two weeks from now.

    “The inter-ministerial committee is examining certain clauses of ultra power project RFP norms and till the panel submits its report, RFP of the Krishnapatnam project will have to be postponed,” said an official from the ministry of power. This could mean RFP will happen only by the second week of September and price bids could be invited by end of September.

    According to sources, at present, the committee is deliberating on various issues, that had unseemingly derailed the progress of the Sasan project. These include laying down specific conditions which will ensure definite commitment to the project on the part of the participating consortiums, complete authorisation from the parent company on behalf of the subsidiary companies participating in the consortium and also redefining the role of consultants engaged in the project appraisal stage.

    After initial hiccups, Power Finance Corporation, the nodal agency responsible for carrying out the bidding process for ultra mega power projects, had gone ahead with its plan to invite price bids for the project by August 24. Eight companies including NTPC, L&T, Reliance, Tata Power and Sumitomo Corporation had qualified to put in price bid for the 4000 MW coastal power project. Earlier, eight companies had progressed to the RFP stage after qualifying in the earlier round of bidding (request for qualification stage). The shell company has rejected the bid by YTL Power. Companies who will now place price bids are NTPC, L&T, Reliance, Tata Power, Sumitomo Corporation, Essar, Sterlite and DS Constructions.
    - Babji, in 18 years
  • YSR said sometime back that AP has built 21 Lakh houses for poor already and will complete 70 Lakh houses in another two years. Looks commendable. Can some one indicate built up area of a house and cost. Are they pukka houses or bamboo huts? (picture) Many states can replicate the effort if found suitable.

    according to sources, these houses are RCC constructions, each built in an area of 70 to 80 Sq. Yards of land. Something like a One Bed Room plus Hall-cum-kitchen type. They are estimated to cost Rs. 40,000/- each (construction cost only. Land is given free). The Govt is coordinating with the Banks to provide housing loans to these beneficieries.
    - Babji, in 18 years
  • ^^
    Thanks for the Information. I think it is a Central Govt. scheme. I shall forward the details to TN CM's office. It is our desire see a "Hut" free India.
    - Leo_r, in 18 years
  • In terms of proposal received may be we r ahead of TN and KAR but in terms of actual investments and grounding of the projects A.P is very much behind the two progressive southern states.Announcing ONGC petrochemical complex in Kakinada (it is in limbo last heard) Bramari steel plant in Anantapur district or MNR car project in medak district are proposals which r to materialize.See what happened to the much talked about FAB city project.After grand announcements it will be just a test and packing arrangement with just few hundred million dollar investment with employment potential of just around 3 to 5 thousand and not a few billion dollar investment with employment potential of a few lacs.

    Hyderbad wil always remain as HYPER-ABAD
    - Step, in 18 years
  • ^^ :doh:
    - harsh1802, in 18 years
  • according to sources, these houses are RCC constructions, each built in an area of 70 to 80 Sq. Yards of land. Something like a One Bed Room plus Hall-cum-kitchen type. They are estimated to cost Rs. 40,000/- each (construction cost only. Land is given free). The Govt is coordinating with the Banks to provide housing loans to these beneficieries.

    The State govt has named this scheme as INDIRAMMA project.The quality of construction is poor owing to higher input costs like the steep increase in the price of cement,steel and sand.The allotted amount per house being just Rs 40,000/- is insufficient to construct reasonably pucca house.Further,high level of corruption is damaging a good programme.
    - ranga, in 18 years
  • CCEA nod for setting up new uranium mine, plant (http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/2007/08/24/stories/2007082452161000.htm)


    The setting up of a new uranium mine and processing plant at the cost of Rs 1,106.29 crore was approved by the Government today. The uranium project is to come up at Tummalapalle in Cuddapah district, Andhra Pradesh. The plant will be set up by Uranium Corporation of India Ltd.

    Briefing newspersons after the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) meeting, the Finance Minister, Mr P. Chidambaram, said that the setting up of the mine will meet the uranium fuel requirements of the nuclear power programme. The mine is likely to be commissioned within 30 months and the processing plant in 36 months.

    The Cabinet also approved the continuation of the concession scheme on sale of de-controlled phosphatic and potassic fertilisers for the year 2007-08 with some modifications. As per the decision, the maximum retail prices of DAP, MOP and various grades of complex fertilisers are to be continued at the same level as notified by the Department of Fertilisers with effect from March 12, 2003.
    - cbeboy, in 19 years
  • Hyderbad wil always remain as HYPER-ABAD



    that's prolly why we have only around 19000 crore of software exports....
    - pding, in 19 years
  • DC http://www.deccan.com/Region/RegionNews.asp
    Ministry okays two new rail routes for State
    Hyderabad, Aug. 23: Chennai will become closer to Hyderabad if the proposed rail route between Nadikudi and Srikalahasti fructifies. The new railway line is expected to shorten the distance between the two state capitals by 150 km. Union railway minister Lalu Prasad Yadav has agreed for a fresh survey to take up the project stretching 390 km and with an estimated cost of Rs 712 crores. The new railway line is expected to benefit passengers travelling to Piduguralla, Vinukonda, Darsi, Pidili, Kanigiri, Ravipadu, Vinjamuru, Atmakur, Rapur and Venkatagiri.

    Three years ago, the State government had submitted a report to the Railway Board in New Delhi explaining the strategic importance of the Nadikudi-Srikalahasti rail route. The government also came forward to provide land free of cost for the construction of the railway line.

    “The railways will also earn profit of 14.5 per cent from the project. It will be an alternate route during the rainy season when the existing route is inundated by flood waters during rainy season, disrupting the traffic on the Howrah-Chennai and Hyderabad-Chennai routes,” said a senior official while talking to this correspondent.

    Mr Yadav also approved the proposal for the construction of new route between Bhadrachalam-Kovvuru stretching 151 km with an estimated cost of Rs 334 crores. At present, the distance between the two places is around 380 km as the trains can travel only via Vijayawada. The new route will facilitate transportation of mineral wealth from Khammam district to port cities like Kakinada and Visakhapatnam. “The State government will urge the railway minister to introduce supplementary budget in Parliament for the release of funds in the current financial year itself. So that the projects can be taken up immediately,” said the officer.
    Thank You Laluji!
    - Babji, in 19 years
  • good to see the railways clearing up such infra bottlenecks and reducing travel time and most importantly, facilitating easier transport of ppl and goods....good job laluji....perhaps, i think he is the best minister in UPA, better than PM, FM, DM etc etc.
    - pding, in 19 years
  • Centre to grant Rs 2,500 cr for urban projects in AP (http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/2007/08/25/stories/2007082551092100.htm)


    The Andhra Pradesh Government is set to secure about Rs 2,500 crore in the form of Central grant for various urban projects under the Jawaharlal Nehru Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM).

    In a statement, the Chief Minister, Dr Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, said on Friday that the Centre has selected Hyderabad, Vijayawada and Visakhapatnam as mission cities.

    Hyderabad alone is set to witness investments of Rs 26,257 crore in various projects, including Rs 4,600 crore for the 161-km outer ring road, Rs 1,700 crore for Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, Rs 8,424 crore for Hyderabad Metro Rail Project and Rs 2,027 crore to develop 31 radial roads connecting the outer ring road.

    Under the JNNURM schemes, for projects in Hyderabad, the Centre’s share will be 35 per cent and the State will contribute 15 per cent and respective urban local bodies will have to raise 50 per cent.

    And for Visakhapatnam and Vijayawada, the Centre’s share will be 50 per cent, State’s 20 per cent and corporations need to raise 30 per cent. Further, within municipalities, the Government’s share will be 80 per cent, State’s 10 per cent and urban local bodies 10 per cent.

    Referring to identification of three cities under mission for development, Dr Reddy said that the objective of these cities is to provide affordable housing along with proper civic amenities for those without pucca housing in slum settlements.

    Under the new scheme, works worth Rs 2,242 crore have been sanctioned for the three cities.

    The State is considering a move to identify all inoperative accounts of Government money that are locked in various branches of several banks aimed at utilising them on projects of public interest.

    The Chief Minister, along with the State Finance Minister, Mr K. Rosaiah, reviewed the funds locked in inoperative accounts and directed officials to formulate an action plan with the assistance of State Level Bankers Committee to put them to constructive use.
    - cbeboy, in 19 years
  • Centre to grant Rs 2,500 cr for urban projects in AP (http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/2007/08/25/stories/2007082551092100.htm)


    The Andhra Pradesh Government is set to secure about Rs 2,500 crore in the form of Central grant for various urban projects under the Jawaharlal Nehru Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM).

    In a statement, the Chief Minister, Dr Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, said on Friday that the Centre has selected Hyderabad, Vijayawada and Visakhapatnam as mission cities.

    Hyderabad alone is set to witness investments of Rs 26,257 crore in various projects, including Rs 4,600 crore for the 161-km outer ring road, Rs 1,700 crore for Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, Rs 8,424 crore for Hyderabad Metro Rail Project and Rs 2,027 crore to develop 31 radial roads connecting the outer ring road.

    Under the JNNURM schemes, for projects in Hyderabad, the Centre’s share will be 35 per cent and the State will contribute 15 per cent and respective urban local bodies will have to raise 50 per cent.

    And for Visakhapatnam and Vijayawada, the Centre’s share will be 50 per cent, State’s 20 per cent and corporations need to raise 30 per cent. Further, within municipalities, the Government’s share will be 80 per cent, State’s 10 per cent and urban local bodies 10 per cent.

    Referring to identification of three cities under mission for development, Dr Reddy said that the objective of these cities is to provide affordable housing along with proper civic amenities for those without pucca housing in slum settlements.

    Under the new scheme, works worth Rs 2,242 crore have been sanctioned for the three cities.

    The State is considering a move to identify all inoperative accounts of Government money that are locked in various branches of several banks aimed at utilising them on projects of public interest.

    The Chief Minister, along with the State Finance Minister, Mr K. Rosaiah, reviewed the funds locked in inoperative accounts and directed officials to formulate an action plan with the assistance of State Level Bankers Committee to put them to constructive use.
    This Rs26257 crores investment for Hyderabad alone for various projects conceived will take more than a decade to complete if done at a normal pace.
    - ranga, in 20 years
  • This Rs26257 crores investment for Hyderabad alone for various projects conceived will take more than a decade to complete if done at a normal pace.

    http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/2007/08/25/stories/2007082551092100.htm
    ... Hyderabad alone is set to witness investments of Rs 26,257 crore in various projects, including
    Rs 4,600 crore for the 161-km outer ring road,
    Rs 1,700 crore for Rajiv Gandhi International Airport,
    Rs 8,424 crore for Hyderabad Metro Rail Project and
    Rs 2,027 crore to develop 31 radial roads connecting the outer ring road...
    even if takes a decade to complete... its worth doing it!
    - Babji, in 20 years
  • This Rs26257 crores investment for Hyderabad alone for various projects conceived will take more than a decade to complete if done at a normal pace.



    the amount is about $6 Billion.....i'd actually be very happy if we pump this money into Hyd in a decade or so....6 billion in a decade is a lot.
    - pding, in 20 years
  • Will it not decelerate the investments in Hyderabad?
    - ranga, in 20 years
  • Bullet trains to ply in four corridors in India.
    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Bullet_trains_to_ply_in_four_corridors_in_India/articleshow/2305488.cms
    NEW DELHI: Railways are contemplating to run high-speed bullet trains in the country, the Lok Sabha was informed on Thursday. The Railway Ministry will conduct pre-feasibility studies for construction of high-speed passenger corridors, equipped with the state-of-the-art signalling and train-control systems for running high-speed trains at speeds of 300 to 350 km per hour, Railway Minister Lalu Prasad said in a written reply.

    The proposed trains are to run in the Northern, Western, Southern and Eastern regions of the country. Various state governments were approached by railways to find out their willingness for participating in pre-feasibility studies.

    Governments of Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Haryana, Punjab, Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal have agreed in principle to participate in the pre-feasibility studies.

    Public-private partnership Special purpose vehicles have been formed in partnership with private sector partners to execute Haridaspur-Paradip, Obullavaripalli-Krishnapatnam and Bharuch-Dahej port connectivity projects ...
    some talk about HSR for AP ...
    - Babji, in 20 years
  • DC
    International footwear major sets base in State
    Hyderabad, Aug. 27: Another shoe manufacturer of international repute, Pegasus International Holdings, will set up its facility in the State. A high-level delegation of the company, which has the Nike brand in its kitty, met Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhar Reddy here on Monday and discussed the location of their unit. Official sources told this correspondent that the government had agreed to allot 50-70 acres depending on the need at the apparel and textile zone developed at Mambattu near Tada in Nellore district. Apache, a shoe manufacturer, has already set up its unit at Mambattu. Dr Reddy was believed to have explained the government’s initiatives on attracting foreign investment and various incentives to be extended to the new units.

    Dr Reddy suggested to the delegation led by vice-chairman Michael Wu to visit Tada for a first-hand experience. He directed the officials concerned to arrange for the visit. The team also met officials of Andhra Pradesh Industrial Infrastructure Corporation. Pegasus manufactures athletic and leisure foot-wear and its products includes sports sandals, casual shoes and athletic shoes. Its clientele includes major brands like Nike Vans, K-Swiss, L.L. Bean Bite, and Caterpillar.
    - Babji, in 20 years
  • DPL land to fund YSR dream

    Hyderabad, Aug. 29: The government is proposing to sell 800 acres of IDPL land in the city outskirts to fund the high-speed road and rail corridor between Visakhapatnam and Hyderabad. The Hyderabad-Vijayawada-Visakhapatnam Growth Corridor is estimated to cost about Rs 20,000 crores. It is scheduled to be launched on August 15, 2008. According to the project consultant, Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services Limited, preparatory work itself will cost around Rs 250 crores. It had proposed setting up a project development fund for the preparatory work and urged the State to set apart Rs 30 crores for this. Official sources said that Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhar Reddy agreed to allocate this amount in a meeting convened on Tuesday to discuss the project. He issued necessary instructions to chief secretary J. Harinarayana.

    Officials who attended the ‘unscheduled and urgent’ meeting were clueless on what was in store at for them. The agenda was known only after a presentation paper prepared by the consultant was circulated. It proposed that 800 acres of land belonging to IDPL be sold to fund the project. It also suggested that an assistance of Rs 5,000 crores be sought from Centre. The meeting decided to constitute an apex committee under the Chief Minister to monitor the project implementation. The project has undergone several changes since its conception. The Chief Minister’s additional secretary M. Pratap and press secretary A. Chandrasekhar Reddy initially hit up on an idea that the Chief Minister should make a ‘birthday announcement’ of the project on July 8. Accordingly, the CMO issued a press release announcing the project which, it stated, would help people reach Hyderabad International Airport from Machilipatnam within two hours.

    However, within four days, the CMO changed the project to a much more ambitious Deccan Diamond Corridor encompassing Bangalore, Mumbai and Chennai. On July 30, the CMO issued another press release in which the contours once again changed. Only Bangalore and Chennai were included from outside the State. There were plans to include the project in the high level review conducted by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on July 31 to seek viability gap funding. But that did not happen. “Then the project was further shrunk and restricted to the rail and road corridor within the State,” a senior official said.

    It involves converting highways between Visakhapatnam and Hyderabad into six-lane roads and laying a special and dedicated rail track enabling trains to run at a speed of more than 200 km per hour. The cost of the corridor between Hyderabad and Vijayawada will be Rs 10,550 crore out of which high speed rail component will be Rs 3,000 crore and express highway Rs 4,750 crore.

    Source: Deccan (http://deccan.com/City/Citynews.asp)
    - harsh1802, in 20 years
  • URL: http://www.thehindu.com/2007/08/31/stories/2007083161950800.htm
    Second SEZ for Kakinada
    Kakinada: One more SEZ, exclusively for IT industries has been sanctioned for Kakinada, to be established by the APIIC, Union Minister of State for Defence M M Pallam Raju said.The Board of Approvals (SEZs) in the Department of Commerce, Government of India at its 17th meeting at New Delhi on Thursday accorded the formal approval for this IT/ ITES sector SEZ. The Minister said, the land proposed for the IT SEZ was a government barren land and is in possession of the APIIC. The proposed investment would be Rs.182.40 crores and expected to generate a direct IT employment of 5,000 and indirect employment of 7,300.
    - Babji, in 20 years
  • Deccan Chronicle
    AP seeks Rs 1,600cr from WB to develop State roads
    Ongole, Sept. 5: The State government will develop 10,200 kilometers of State roads soon and proposals for Rs 1,600 crores for carrying out works were sent to the World Bank, said chief engineer and managing director of the AP roads development corporation (APRDC) B. Rajgopal Reddy here on Wednesday.

    The bank had sanctioned Rs. 100 crores as first installment to start works and these will be established shortly, he said. The APRDC will develop 630 kilometers of roads in Prakasam district and the Taticharla-Mydukuru and Giddalur-Porumamilla roads were included, he said...
    - Babji, in 20 years
  • Work on agri hub at Nuzvidu to begin today (http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/2007/09/08/stories/2007090851342100.htm)


    Work on the proposed agri hub at Nuzvidu in Krishna district to facilitate export of mangoes and other fruits will begin on Saturday.

    The foundation stone for the Rs 27-crore project will be laid on Saturday and the first phase is scheduled to be finished by the end of the year, said Mr Bhoopal Reddy, Vice-Chairman and Managing Director of AP Agros.

    He said that in the first phase, integrated pack houses with vapour heat treatment, ripening chambers, pre-cooling units and cold storage units would be set up at a cost of Rs 11 crore.
    - cbeboy, in 20 years
  • Cabinet nod for AP coal project (http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/2007/09/08/stories/2007090851681000.htm)


    The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has given its approval for sanctioning of Jallaram Shaft project of Singareni Collieries Company Ltd for a net capital requirement of Rs 467.78 crore and total outlay of Rs 512.87 crore.

    Upon completion of the project, 2.285 million tonnes per annum of coal would be produced and will cater to the demand of NTPC Ramagundam and other cement units.
    - cbeboy, in 20 years
  • Leyland proposes Rs 1500cr CV plant in Andhra
    BS Reporter / Hyderabad September 12, 2007
    Ashok Leyland, the Hinduja group flagship, has proposed to set up its light commercial vehicle (LCV) plant in Andhra Pradesh at an investment of Rs 1,500 crore.Executives of the company met chief minister YS Rajasekhara Reddy on Tuesday, and informed him that the proposed plant would have a capacity of 1 lakh units in the first phase at an investment ranging between Rs 1,000 crore and Rs 1,500 crore. It would also like to double the capacity in the next phase, according to Sam Bob, secretary, industries department."Senior officials of Ashok Leyland had informed the chief minister about the company's intent to set up a LCV plant in the state and also sought land for the same.

    Though they have not given any written proposal to the government as yet, it was more or less clear from yesterday's meeting that the company has made up its mind in favour of Andhra for this plant," Bob told Business Standard.The chief minister has instructed the Andhra Pradesh Industrial Infrastructure Corporation (APIIC) to help provide suitable land.

    The company has sought about 600 acres. However, the company has to select a location among the three shortlisted places -- Hyderabad, Visakhapatnam and Nellore. The company team would soon finalise one of them, the industries secretary said.
    Money Cotrol:
    Andhra Pradesh offers sites for Ashok Leyland’s LCV plant
    Hyderabad, Sept. 13
    ...
    Land acquisition: The company indicated that they would require about 600 acres and is inclined to opt for the site near Nellore as it serves them as an ideal location logistically. The company has indicated that they would visit these three sites and come up with a detailed proposal.

    Last month, Ashok Leyland and Japanese company Nissan Motor Company Ltd, signed agreement for forming three joint venture companies to produce LCVs, power trains and for research and development... Taken from Business Line
    - Babji, in 21 years
  • URL: http://www.thehindu.com/2007/09/14/stories/2007091461181200.htm
    Plan to set up industrial corridor in A.P.
    VIJAYAWADA: The Andhra Pradesh Government is taking up an ambitious plan to develop Hyderabad-Vijayawada-Visakhapatnam Growth Corridor (HVVGC) to give thrust to industrial growth in Ranga Reddy, Hyderabad, Nalgonda, Krishna, West Godavari, East Godavari and Visakhapatnam districts. Guntur, Khammam and Warangal also would come under the influence of the project. The Government has identified six area-specific industrial hubs extending over 10,000 hectares to attract investments.
    URL: http://www.thehindu.com/2007/09/14/stories/2007091458640100.htm
    Plan to set up major industrial corridor
    VIJAYAWADA: The State Government is taking up an ambitious plan to develop Hyderabad-Vijayawada-Visakhapatnam Growth Corridor (HVVGC) to give thrust to industrial growth in Ranga Reddy, Hyderabad, Nalgonda, Krishna, West Godavari, East Godavari and Visakhapatnam districts.

    Three other districts -- Guntur, Khammam and Warangal -- also would come under the influence of the project. Under the project, the Government has identified six area-specific industrial hubs extending over 10,000 hectares to attract investments up to Rs. 8,000 to Rs. 10,000 crore and generate 8-10 lakh additional employment. The Government would provide high speed rail/road connectivity along the corridor with feeder road linkages, besides infrastructure facilities like underground water, sewer lines, oil and gas pipelines, power and telecommunications etc, at a cost of Rs. 15,000 crore in the first phase. Andhra Pradesh has emerged as one among the five progressive economy States in the country contributing about seven per cent of national economy.

    Industrial hubs : On the basis of the potential for growth and inherent strengths of various locations in the influence area, six industrial hubs, which would be spread over a minimum radius of 100 sq. km, have been identified.

    Hub 1: Hyderabad will be developed as a prime transport hub with the international airport coming up at Shamshabad and also for IT/ITES, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals and tourism.
    Hub 2: Suryapet-Miryalaguda-Jaggaiahpet region as agro and food processing hub.
    Hub 3: Vijayawada-Machilipatnam region as regional transport hub as well as knowledge centre.
    Hub 4: Rajahmundry as textile and trading hub.
    Hub 5: Kakinada as petroleum and chemicals, petrochemicals investment region.
    Hub 6: Visakhapatnam-Anakapalle-Tuni region as special industrial and transport hub.
    - Babji, in 21 years
  • URL: http://www.thehindu.com/2007/09/15/stories/2007091559390100.htm
    State registers 9.64 p.c. growth in GSDP
    HYDERABAD: Andhra Pradesh registered a growth rate of 9.64 per cent in its Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP) for the first quarter of 2007-08 fiscal, the highest by any State and 0.30 per cent higher than the national average.

    This phenomenal growth, the Government claims, is primarily due to the sound agricultural growth of 7.69 per cent – 3.77 per cent higher than the projections for the country as a whole – following the thrust given to the sector. Releasing the quarterly assessment of the economy to the media here on Friday, Finance Minister K. Rosaiah said good rain and crops during the past three years also helped by providing gainful employment to the rural population.

    Highest priority: Asserting that agriculture would continue to receive the highest priority, he said this was not merely because of its contribution to the economic growth but due to the Rajasekhara Reddy Government’s determination to ensure the well-being of over 60 per cent of the population. Mr Rosaiah said the industrial and services sectors were also quite healthy and reported a quarterly growth of 8.23 per cent and 10.77 per cent respectively. The State also stood first in terms of its massive plan outlay of of Rs. 30,500 crore in 2007-08, ahead of Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal, Bihar and Maharashtra.

    New high: Revenue receipts touched a new high of Rs. 54,949 crore as against Rs 19,475 crore in 2000-01. Similarly, Central revenue accruing to the State by way of share in Central taxes and grants, was Rs 13,825 crore as against Rs 6,180 crore in 2000-01...
    - Babji, in 22 years
  • AP agri growth is 7.69%!?!?!?!?!?!?

    wow, this means good news for Congress.
    - pding, in 23 years
  • URL: http://www.thehindu.com/2007/09/17/stories/2007091760570500.htm
    Several APTDC properties ready for inauguration
    HYDERABAD: Over half-a-dozen properties promoted by the Andhra Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (APTDC) across the State and costing around Rs. 30 crore are ready to be inaugurated. All they need are Tourism Minister Anam Ramnarayan Reddy to give the green signal and set them rolling for business.

    They were originally slated to be inaugurated in September but the functions did not take place for various reasons. Plans are afoot to open them for tourists, at least in October. The properties include wayside amenities with restaurants, budget hotels with conference and banquet halls, bar and restaurant. They include a budget hotel in Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy’s native district built at a cost of Rs. 6 crore, with 55 rooms, a bar and restaurant and a banquet hall.

    Araku Valley : The hotel in Araku Valley and Ananthagiri resort are part of the Araku-Visakhapatnam tourism circuit with Government of India funding. Together, the two units are part of the project for which the Centre and State are contributing Rs.7.71 crore and Rs. 1.25 crore respectively.

    The Rs. 5 crore Araku property has 65 rooms, restaurant and banquet facilities.

    The Rs. 4.6 crore Ananthagiri resort is at a height of 3,200 feet and verlooks coffee estates and the famous Borra Caves. It has 19 premium cottages, nine platforms for rented accommodation, a bar and restaurant, watch towers and view points.

    A Rs. 4 crore Coconut Country Resort near Dindi, in East Godavari district, is also ready.

    The only function for which Dr. Reddy has given the go-ahead is the Rs. 2.25 crore resort at Rishikonda Beach, to be thrown open on September 19. It has 24 cottages overlooking the Bay of Bengal and all other related facilities. Dates for the inaugural of the other properties are expected to be communicated to the APTDC shortly.
    - Babji, in 23 years
  • University for tourism, hospitality being set up in AP (http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/2007/09/17/stories/2007091750981900.htm)


    Andhra Pradesh is soon going to have India’s first university for tourism and hospitality management. It is expected to emerge as the apex body supplying manpower to an industry potentially expected to generate 1.24 crore jobs by 2014.

    The Hyderabad-based National Institute of Tourism and Hospitality Management (NITHM), set up jointly by the Union Ministry of Tourism, and the Andhra Pradesh Government, will be upgraded shortly as a deemed university of world-class standards with an investment of Rs 20 crore, officials of the Andhra Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (APTDC) told reporters here on Saturday after a roadshow at the ongoing three-day trade and tourism fair.

    This institute had been set up recognising the need and importance for quality manpower in this sunrise sector. Currently, it offers a two-year masters’ program (MBA) and a three-year bachelors program (BBA) in tourism and hospitality management in addition to the short-term training programmes aimed at employment generation.
    - cbeboy, in 23 years
  • http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/2007/09/18/stories/2007091852902100.htm

    Hindustan Sanitaryware & Industries Ltd (HSIL) will invest up to Rs 210 crore in a ‘greenfield’ expansion project to manufacture glass bottles and jars at a new location in Andhra Pradesh.

    The company today informed the BSE that its board meeting on September 15 had approved the proposal for expansion of its container glass division. The company plans to set up the new unit in central AP with a capacity of 425 tonnes per day (tpd).
    - kvijayasundaram, in 23 years
  • http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/2007/09/18/stories/2007091852902100.htm

    cool. this kind of projects would provide jobs to unskilled and semi-skilled rural folks.
    Thanks for the find @kvijayasundaram.
    - Babji, in 23 years
  • URL: http://www.thehindu.com/2007/09/22/stories/2007092260820500.htm
    VPT to have an investment of Rs. 3,000 cr. in five years
    VISAKHAPATNAM: The Visakhapatnam Port Trust (VPT), the only Indian port to have three international accreditations – ISO 14001: 1996 (for environment management system), ISO 9001:2000 (quality management) and OHSAS: 18001 (occupational health and safety assessment), will have Rs.3,000 crore investment in the next five years for development including Rs.1,600 crores from private participation.

    VPT Deputy Chairman M.S. Rao, announcing this at the conference on EXIM excellence – 2007 organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) – Andhra Pradesh chapter in the city on Friday, added that VPT, the premier port of the country for the last seven years, had achieved 16 per cent growth (compared to the same period last year) during 2007-08 till date by handling 29 million tonnes of cargo against 56.4 mt in 2006-07.

    Due to the measures taken to improve efficiency and productivity, the productivity for non-mechansied cargo had improved by seven per cent in 2006-07 compared to 2005-06. Similarly, the average turn around time of the vessels had come down to 3.65 days in 2006-07 as against 3.80 days in 2005-06. “During 2007-08 we have achieved many land marks and national records in cargo traffic and cargo handling,” he said.

    Mr. Rao said VPT hoped to touch 80 mt traffic by 2012 which called for enhancement of the port capacity to 100 million tonnes from the present 58 million tonnes. Deepening of the inner harbour to cater to panamax vessels of 14 metres draft had been identified as one the thrust areas and was being taken up in three phases. The phase-I was nearing completion for 11 metres draft.

    Construction of three new berths including two on BOT basis, revamping two oil berths to cater 12.5 m draft vessels, mechanised loading facilities for alumina and fertilisers and installation of harbour mobile cranes were some of the projects taken up in the inner harbour.

    Night navigation:In the outer harbour, there were plans to upgrade it to handle 2 lakh DWT iron ore vessels, night navigation to Suez Max tankers and integrated mechanised handling facilities for coking and steam coals. As the container traffic in South East Asian region was expected to grow by 18 per cent, the VPT had plans to extend the present container terminal once the container volume picked up. Besides, it had also taken up development of a new railway interchange yard near Mindi as the cargo traffic at the port was predominantly rail borne, he said.

    Visakhapatnam Steel Plant (VSP) Director (Commercial) C.G. Patil who read the speech copy of VSP CMD P.K. Bishnoi, said VSP had plans to expand its capacity to 6.3 million tonnes in the first phase by 2008-09 with Rs.8,692 crore investment. During 2006-07, the company registered the highest sales turnover of Rs.9,131 crore with a growth of eight per cent over 2005-06. While it exported products worth Rs.424 crores in 2006-07, in 2007-08 there were plans to export metal worth Rs.500 crores, he said...
    - Babji, in 23 years
  • URL: http://www.thehindu.com/2007/09/22/stories/2007092261250600.htm
    ‘7,700 MW of power will be generated by 2012’
    KADAPA: Power projects have been taken up to fulfil the goal of generating 7,700 MW of power by 2012, Chairman and managing director of A.P. Genco Ltd. Ajay Jain said on Friday.

    Rayalaseema Thermal Power Plant (RTPP) would become a super thermal power station generating 1,650 MW of power by 2011, Mr. Ajay Jain told newsmen at RTPP on Friday. Generation by 2012 would be 7,730 MW including 1,760 MW in Vijayawada thermal power station (VTPS), 1,720 MW in Kothaguden TPS, 1,600 MW in Krishnapatnam, 1,000 MW in Kakatiya and 1,650 MW in RTPP in the next five years, he disclosed.

    Public hearing : The fourth unit of Rayalaseema Thermal Power Plant would be synchronised by October 15. A public hearing would be conducted in October on environmental clearances to RTPP’s fifth unit, Mr. Ajay Jain said. BHEL was entrusted work on the fifth unit and land clearances obtained to begin work by March 2008, he said.

    Green fund: District Collector M.T. Krishna Babu said a Green Fund of Rs. 5 crore was mooted to promote greenery in Kadapa district. A sum of Rs. 1 crore was being spent on tree plantation on RTPP premises.
    - Babji, in 23 years
  • URL: http://www.thehindu.com/2007/09/24/stories/2007092453030300.htm
    Three berths at Krishnapatnam port to be ready by next year
    MUTHUKUR: The Krishnapatnam port will handle containers, coal and iron ore as the first phase construction of three berths - containers, coal and iron ore - will be completed by June 2008.

    Announcing this after holding a review meeting on developmental activities pertaining to Krishnapatnam port here on Saturday, Minister for Ports and Infrastructure Mopineni Venkataramana said container berth and stack yard area with all modern handling equipment, coal berth with shipping unloader and conveyor system and iron ore berth with ship loader and separate conveyor system and wagon tipplers would be ready by next year.

    The Krishnapatnam Port Company Limited would complete another five berths by 2010, he said.

    Road lanes: Besides, road lanes from Nellore to Krishnapatnam, Krishnapatnam to Venkatachalam and Krishnapatnam to Pudiparthi would also be laid on a par with the national highway standards. And the rail link with dedicated rail sidings for handling containers and bulk cargoes would also be commissioned in phase-I with a view to adequately assuring road and rail connectivity, he said.

    The Minister said that the Government would also examine the possibility of setting up a fishing harbour at Krishnapatnam...
    - Babji, in 23 years
  • URL: http://www.thehindu.com/2007/09/25/stories/2007092552300300.htm
    Work on four-lane link road begins
    VIJAYAWADA: Traffic congestion frequently experienced in areas like Patamata, Autonagar, Ring Road, Ramavarappadu and Prasadampadu on Bandar Road (NH-9) and Eluru Road (NH-5) is expected to ease to a considerable extent in about six months from now, with the work on the laying of a four-lane link road connecting the two roads commencing on Monday.

    Revenue Minister and in-charge minister for Krishna district Dharmana Prasada Rao laid the foundation stone for the widening of the existing 4-km-long donka that starts at Chaitanya College near Tadigadapa Sulabhi on NH-9 and goes up to Enikepadu on NH-5.

    The donka, which passes through Kanuru and Poranki on Bandar Road and Enikepadu and Nidamanuru on Eluru Road, presently has a width ranging from 30 feet to 80 feet, including the width of the field channel running along the road. It will now be widened to a uniform 100 feet to lay a proper four-lane road with a divider.

    The Vijayawada Guntur Tenali Mangalagiri – Urban Development Authority (VGTM-UDA), the executing agency of the work estimated that it will cost Rs.11.17 crores to lay the road, which will reduce the distance between NH-9 and NH-5 by 8 km. The new road will also ensure a good approach to the proposed phase-II of Autonagar at Kanuru.

    Once the road is laid, vehicles coming from Machilipatnam side and intending to join the NH-5 to go towards Eluru and vehicles coming from Eluru side and intending to join NH-9 to go towards Machilipatnam can skip travelling through the crowded areas in the city.

    Land acquisition: VGTM-UDA Vice-Chairman Y.S. Prasad said 14.273 acres of land would be required for the widening of the road. As many as 137 owners, whose lands total up to 6.23 km of length on either side, had given consent to give away their lands for the widening. The process of obtaining consent from the remaining 53 owners, whose lands would make up the remaining 1.77 km of length of the road, was underway...
    - Babji, in 23 years
  • URL: http://www.thehindu.com/2007/09/25/stories/2007092555170500.htm
    http://i20.tinypic.com/67qply
    Kankaragunta Road-over-Bridge open to public
    GUNTUR: Citizens of Guntur heaved a sigh of relief on Monday with the Kankaragunta Road-over-Bridge (RoB) opened to traffic to help the soil in the approach road get consolidated. Now, people from Pattibhipuram, Shyamala Nagar and beyond need not go via the old RoB at Arundelpet or the 14th Cross Road of Brodipet...

    Ancillary work: All the ancillary work on the bridge has been completed and traffic would be allowed on it for a month before it is closed for 10 days again to put a layer of Wet Mix and two layers of Bitumen Top are put and bridge is formally inaugurated...

    The Manipuram RoB, which was started four years ago, is yet to be completed. It is over a year that Guntur Municipal Corporation has not been able to complete shifting of a small portion of main raw water pipeline at the construction site to facilitate construction of wall of the approach.

    The R&B has, however, completed its portion of 32 slabs and in the Railways portion also the construction had ended, the SE said. The RoB on Guntur –Tenali Railway line – the crucial one is in the construction stage for the past four years and due to several reasons got delayed and cost enhanced to facilitate the contractor to take up the project again...
    - Babji, in 23 years
  • URL: http://www.thehindu.com/2007/09/24/stories/2007092453030300.htm

    Three berths at Krishnapatnam port to be ready by next year.



    Good news at last. Seems its the first port in AP with private sector partnership.
    Every district should plan for a port. The inner districts from sea should be connected to ports by straight Rails. Because in the coming peakoil age from 2010 the Roads and Airways are doomed.


    To add, industrial townships can be developed in the districts away from sea. It would be foolish to destroy agricultural land in coastal districts to build large industries.
    - upendora, in 23 years
  • URL: http://www.thehindu.com/2007/09/26/stories/2007092661610600.htm
    A.P. begins selling power to other States
    HYDERABAD: For the second consecutive year, Andhra Pradesh is surplus in power due to the floods in the Krishna, which occurred as many as four times this season.

    As a result, the Transmission Corporation of Andhra Pradesh (APTransco) on Monday began selling power to Delhi and other States through power traders as stipulated by the Electricity Act of 2003. It has set aside about 800 MW of installed capacity (approximately 20 million units) for sale to outside buyers.

    The supply to outside customers, however, is made mostly during off-peak hours (early hours and late nights) when the normal demand in the State falls. An overall fall in demand, caused by a steep decrease in agriculture and domestic loads following heavy rain, has encouraged APTransco to take the plunge. Of the 20 million units being sold, nearly 7.2 mu is going to Delhi, 4.8 mu to Kolkata and 2.4 mu each to Maharashtra, Karnataka and Gujarat. The sale is routed through traders Power Trading Corporation, Reliance, BSES, NVVNL and Adani.

    The energy demand in the State fell to 145 mu on Monday from a peak of nearly 195 mu during summer. Being on a non-stop operation at full capacity, Srisailam and Nagarjunasagar hydel stations are making a significant contribution of over 50 mu daily to the grid. Hydel generation this year so far has touched the 5,500 mu mark, which is 1,133 mu higher than the same period last year.

    Srisailam and Nagarjunasagar reservoirs have huge storages which can produce over 3,000 mu of power.
    - Babji, in 23 years
  • http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/rssarticleshow/msid-2402703,prtpage-1.cms
    Krishnapatnam unlikely to meet deadline; fresh bids for Tilaiya
    25 Sep, 2007, 2030 hrs IST, PTI
    NEW DELHI: The 4,000 MW Krishnapatnam Ultra Mega Power Project in Andhra Pradesh is unlikely to be awarded within the next two months as envisaged by the government, owing to changes made in the bid documents.

    Sources said nine companies including Reliance Energy, Tata Power and NTPC Ltd, remained in race for procuring the project, as four pulled out. Other prominent firms include Larsen and Toubro, Essar Power, Sterlite Industries, D S Construction, CLP-GMR combine and Japan's Sumitomo Corp.

    The government has made changes in the bid documents to tighten norms on changes in equity holding in bidding consortia and plug-in a few other loopholes after the Sasan issue, which stretched to seven months.

    As per the norms, the bidders should be given about two-month time to approve the changes in the documents, which may lead to further extension of the deadline.

    Earlier this week, Power Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said the first stage of bidding for Krishnapatnam plant would be completed in one-two months. The government has already missed the September 21 deadline for submitting price bids for the project.

    However, sources said the government is urging the bidders to approve the revised documents within 15 days.

    "The changes have been conveyed to the bidding companies... the government has urged the bidders to approve the revised documents in the next 15 days," they said...
    - Babji, in 23 years
  • oops. double post ...
    - Babji, in 24 years
  • http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/rssarticleshow/msid-2406798,prtpage-1.cms
    Govt may allow power shift in ultra mega project ownership
    27 Sep, 2007, 0448 hrs IST,Subhash Narayan, TNN
    NEW DELHI: The government may allow changes in the ownership of power consortiums midway through a bidding process to allow greater flexibility to bidders for ultra mega power projects. The specific provision in the bid document would help avoid a Sasan-like controversy, which delayed the 4,000 mw project by over six months.

    The existing bid document is silent on change in ownership. It, however, permits a change in the composition (membership) of a consortium, but only once during the bidding process. The change is allowed up to 30 days before the expiry of the bid deadline or before the request for proposal (RFP) stage. "The change is likely to be included in the new bid document being finalised on the basis of the recommendations put forward by an inter-ministerial group (IMG),” an official source said.

    The IMG has suggested that bids of consortiums be kept valid even if there is a change in ownership at any time, except from 30 days before bid deadline to issue of letter of intent (LoI) to the successful bidder. In such cases, the qualification parameters of the new owner of the consortium would be reassessed before it is permitted to file RFP. The 30-day period could be used for this assessment. The IMG has, however, suggested this would be permitted only if such changes do not result in conflict of interest with other bidders...

    While the bidding for Sasan and Mundra UMPPs is complete, bidding for the Krishnapatnam and Tilaiya projects — under the new format — is expected by November. Sources said in the case of Krishnapatnam UMPP, Power Finance Corporation is negotiating with nine successful bidders at the RFP stage to agree to the changes in the bid document so projects are awarded during the current fiscal.
    some movement that is.
    - Babji, in 24 years
  • Schneider opens plant in AP (http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/2007/10/04/stories/2007100451510200.htm)


    Schneider Electric, the €15.6-billion major, has announced the commissioning of its ninth manufacturing unit at Gagillapur in Medak district near here and is poised to further ramp up exports and sales in the domestic market.

    The company, which manufactures switchgears and other electrical equipment in the new manufacturing base here, expects to export about 35-40 per cent of the overall production for its global requirements.

    The Chairman of Schneider Electric, Mr Henri Lachmann, said that India has emerged as a strategic base for Schneider Electric’s global operations and the company’s business in India is growing at a much faster pace than the electrical industry.
    - cbeboy, in 24 years
  • URL: http://www.thehindu.com/2007/10/10/stories/2007101051130300.htm
    CM to inaugurate biggest Indiramma colony today
    DHARMAVARAM: Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy will inaugurate the biggest colony constructed under the Indiramma scheme in the State so far here on Wednesday. About 2,000 houses sanctioned under the first phase are under different stages of completion in the colony.

    The Indiramma colony coming up on Pyadindi road would also have another 1,500 houses to be constructed under the second phase. On completion of two phases, the colony would have 3,500 houses to make it the biggest Indiramma housing colony in the State. Drinking water, roads and electricity have also been provided.

    Asked about the quality of construction, two beneficiaries Gayatri and Venkatalaxmamma said they were satisfied completely as they had been supervising the progress personally. Apart from inaugurating the housing colony, the Chief Minister would also disburse Rs. 108.16 crore as financial assistance with bank linkage to 7,722 women self-help groups...
    - Babji, in 24 years
  • Deccan Chronicle
    Centre rejects GMR objections
    Hyderabad, Oct. 9: Decks have been cleared for the revival of Warangal airport with the Centre turning down the objections raised by GMR Group, the developers of Hyderabad international airport, over the project. Airport Authority of India chairman Dr K. Ramalingam, in a recent communique to the State government, clarified that the "exclusivity" clause in the concession agreement of the Hyderabad international airport would not be applicable in case of Warangal. As per the clause in the agreement entered into between GMR, the State government and the AAI, no airport should come in the 150-km radius of the international airport.

    According to official sources, the AAI has plans to operate 48-seater aircraft to begin with in Warangal. The developer argued that since majority revenue for the international airport would come from the domestic sector, another airport in the vicinity would cut its revenues. The AAI has decided to revive, expand or modernise 33 metro airports in the country among which five in the State — Warangal, Kadapa, Tirupati, Rajahmundry and Vijayawada — are also included. The State government has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the AAI for extending the infrastructure support to these projects.

    "As per the agreement, the State government will help the AAI in acquiring land and providing power and water facilities besides ensuring security logistics. The government will also extend various incentives on tax and registration fronts," said a senior official adding that doubts were raised about Warangal which now were cleared. The AAI also informed the State government that tenders would be floated for Kadapa airport expansion within a week. The AAI is taking up repairs of runway and construction of terminal for the airport. For the remaining places, the AAI set the stage for introducing night landing facility in Tirupati and is preparing plan of action for Rajahmundry.
    - Babji, in 24 years
  • A classic case of wasting resources by the public sector.
    And the reason for India remaining under-developed.


    Deccan Chronicle
    As per the clause in the agreement entered into between GMR, the State government and the AAI, no airport should come in the 150-km radius of the international airport.

    According to official sources, the AAI has plans to operate 48-seater aircraft to begin with in Warangal.
    - upendora, in 24 years
  • Source: Economic times epaper.

    A Hat Trick: The Rs 1,500-Cr ECF Facility In Khammam Will Be Co’s 3rd Unit In State

    ITC Paperboards and Speciality Papers, an arm of the ITC Group, plans to invest around Rs 1,500 crore to set up another new pulp and paper manufacturing unit in the state. The company is in the process of acquiring 1,500 acres of land in Khamman district in Andhra Pradesh for the new facility — an elemental chlorinefree (ECF) paper plant. ECF paper is used extensively by pharma and packaging companies in the US and the EU. The potential demand from these two regions has prompted ITC to identify the ECF segment as its thrust area.
    The new facility will be the fifth one for the company. It already has four manufacturing units — Badrachalam and Bollaram (Andhra Pradesh), Tribeni (Kolkata) and Coimbatore (Tamil Nadu). According to senior government official, ITC has been allotted 1,500 acres of land at Nellipaka village in Khammam district of Andhra Pradesh. “The district collector has already started procuring the land in the Nellipaka village, which also houses a heavy water plant,” he said.
    The company had also sought concessions such as an exemption from value added tax (VAT), waiver of stamp duty and registration fees, said sources. When contacted, ITC officials, however, maintained that the deal was not yet finalised. “We are still talking to a few state governments,” said mR Pradeep Dhobale, chief executive ITC Paper Division. The company has been in talks with the state governments of Gujarat and Maharashtra as well for setting up a new facility.
    Sources said that the company plans to invest Rs 500 crore in the first phase, spanning five years. It will invest another Rs 1,000 crore in the second phase.
    The proposed pulp and paper manufacturing facility will have supporting infrastructure, including power generation, industrial housing, mist chambers, R&D centre for plantation research, clonal demonstration plants, central storage and warehousing and area required for maintaining a green belt. ITC entered the field of paperboards in 1975 when it incorporated Bhadrachalam Paperboards. The company’s paperboards & specialty papers division was formed in November 2002.
    The total manufacturing capacity in paperboards is around 4,00,000 tonnes per annum. The product is used across several carton-consuming segments such as cigarettes, foods, beverages, pharma, personal care & toiletries, durables and match shells.
    ITC also makes some of the premium graphic boards for greeting cards, covers, sleeves, tags and playing cards.
    - grimmm, in 24 years
  • AP to revive airstrip at Nagarjuna Sagar (http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/2007/10/13/stories/2007101351592100.htm)


    The Andhra Pradesh Government has decided to revive the abandoned airstrip at Nagarjuna Sagar, home to the third century Buddhist site.

    This is part of the plan to develop a Buddhist circuit, connecting all the sites in the State. Left mostly untouched, most of these sites have started generating interest in Buddhists in Sri Lanka, East and Far-East.

    “The revival of the airstrip would help attract tourists from the Buddhist countries in a big way,” a Government press release said.

    The Government also bets big on the Rs 21-crore Buddhavanam project, which is nearing completion, at the site.

    Simultaneously, the Government will develop a 2,000-acre tourist spot near the reservoir. It would include resorts, golf course and theme parks.

    In a separate release, the Government said the State would seek additional Central assistance of Rs 7,000 crore under Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana in the next five years. “We are finalising proposals in this regard,” it said.
    - cbeboy, in 24 years
  • 25 more SEZs planned in State (http://www.hindu.com/2007/10/14/stories/2007101450030100.htm)


    Twenty-five more special economic zones (SEZ) in the State involving allotment of 9,250 acres of land near Hyderabad and other urban agglomerations have been formally approved by the State Government. With this, the total number of SEZs in the State will swell to 70, nearly a half of the 154 SEZs (154) already established or in the pipeline in the entire country.

    The Centre has already notified 45 SEZs in Andhra Pradesh, covering an extent of 13,665 acres, most of which lie around Hyderabad. It is likely to issue a notification for the 25 new SEZs soon.

    Out of the new SEZs, six are being developed by the A.P. Industrial Infrastructure Corporation. These include four facilities for information technology (IT) and IT-enabled services in Warangal, Kadapa, Chittoor and East Godavari districts, and one each for leather and building products in Nellore and Prakasam districts.

    Of the remaining 19, six are to be developed and promoted by private parties including Rahejas, Lahari Infrastructure, Genpact India, Parswanath and Dr. Reddy Labs in the vicinity of Hyderabad while three are going to be set up in the State capital itself by GMR and WIPRO. The other SEZs will come up in different districts.
    - cbeboy, in 24 years
  • TOI:
    Tata, REL bid for AP venture, Lanco stays out
    15 Oct 2007, 0039 hrs IST,Reeba Zachariah,TNN
    MUMBAI: After the controversial Sasan ultra mega power venture, the Krishnapatnam project in Andhra Pradesh is the next to go in for bidding. Tata Power, Reliance Energy, National Thermal Power Corporation, Essar Power, Jindal Steel & Power, Sterlite Industries, DS Construction and engineering firm Larsen & Tourbo are in the fray for the 4,000 MW project.

    While Hong Kong's China Light & Power Company (CLP) has joined hands with GMR Energy, Japan's Sumitomo Corporation and US' AES are going solo for Coastal Andhra Power, the special purpose vehicle set up by Power Finance Corporation (PWC) — the nodal agency for various ultra mega power projects in India.

    Though the parties could not be contacted individually, PWC confirmed the names and said the companies have to submit the bids by October 24. The four states — Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu will receive the entire 4,000 MW from this project.
    Sources said the bid price is expected to be in line with the bid price of Mundra Power Project. Like Mundra, the Krishnapatnam project too is based on imported coal.

    The Mundra project in Gujarat, the first in the series of many ultra mega power projects implemented by the Centre, went to Tata Power, which quoted the lowest tariff of Rs 2.26 per unit, a levelised rate for 25 years. Interestingly, Lanco Infratech, which had initially won and later lost the Sasan project in Madhya Pradesh, is learnt to be not interested in the Krishnapatnam project...
    - Babji, in 24 years
  • Deccan Chronicle

    AAI does not fly planes they manage airport infrastructure.How come they are going to operate 48 seater planes?:bash:
    - ranga, in 24 years
  • http://www.sricity.in/location.htm

    Located on the borders of Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu , the southern States with a unique blend of modern technology and tradition, Sri City will set the pace for emerging trends in the region.The additional strengths of a strong academic and professional talent pool in the region will ensure sustained growth...

    Seamless connectivity from Chennai on NH - 5
    65 kms from the major port of Chennai == 40 kms from the major port of Ennore
    65 kms from Krishnapattinam port == 75 kms from Chennai international airport
    75 kms from Tirupathi airport == In proximity to the large talent pool of TN and AP
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    Promoters: Promoters of Megasoft Limited in joint venture with the Government of Andhra Pradesh ...
    Ravindra Sannareddy - Chairman & Managing Director : Ravindra Sannareddy is the Chairman of Megasoft Limited. This is just one of his multi-faceted business profiles. Ravi (as he is called) has been involved in creating and sustaining high-tech ventures for close to two decades now... Ravi emerged as an entrepreneurial visionary, with the founding of Megasoft Consultants Inc, in the US in 1994. This eventually culminated in the establishment of offshore R & D Centres in India to provide high-end quality solutions and product development services to major corporations in US, Europe, and the APAC region. Megasoft subsidiaries today are spread across UK, Germany, and Singapore. The current market capitalization of Megasoft which is now a CMMI-5 company is 600 crores. A detailed financial report along with balance sheets and annual reports of Megasoft can be viewed on www.megasoft.com ...

    APIIC ... Andhra Pradesh Industrial Infrastructure Corporation Ltd is vested with the objective of providing industrial infrastructure through the development of industrial areas. The corporation has so far developed over 270 industrial areas spreading over an extent of about 32,932 acres...

    Prof Dr Raj Reddy ... Prof Raj Reddy is an investor and advisor to Sri City. He is a native of Chittoor District and is currently based in the US. He is Mozah Bint Nasser Professor of Computer Science and Robotics at Carnegie Melon University. Prof Raj Reddy was former advisor to the US President on Information Technology.
    ==
    The Sathyavedu Reserve Infra City (Sricity) and Tada SEZs
    About 1200 acres have been already acquired in the Satyavedu Mandal
    cool.
    - Babji, in 24 years
  • Krishnapatnam UMPP gets tepid response
    BS Reporter / New Delhi October 24, 2007

    The proposed Krishnapatnam ultra mega power project � the third 4,000 MW project to go under the government�s hammer � received a lukewarm response from the industry, getting just three bids from Sterlite, Reliance and Larsen & Toubro, though there were nine qualified bidders for the project.

    This is half the number of bids received for the only other comparable port-based ultra mega power project at Mundra. The pithead coal based ultra mega power project at Sasan had received nine bids.

    Those who have refrained from bidding from the imported coal based Andhra Pradesh project include Essar Power, NTPC, Japan�s Sumitomo Corporation, China Light and Power (with GMR) and Israel Electric Company (with DS Construction).

    Power Secretary Anil Razdan termed the response as "reasonable, in the given situation," when there has been a sharp appreciation in the price of coal, compared to what it was when bids for the last ultra mega power projects were invited.

    The government could have managed a higher number of bids for if it had agreed to �last-minute� requests for postponement of the bid submission deadline, but it decided not to, informed officials.

    R V Shahi, architect of the ultra mega power programme and former power secretary also felt that �three serious bids for such a large investment is not a small thing.� These projects typically involve an investment of Rs 16,000 � 18,000 crore.

    The next few days will be spent in vetting the bids (in what is called a responsiveness check) following which the price-bids of those who cleared the vetting will be opened to determine the winner of the tariff-based competitive bidding process, said officials associated with the process.

    �The target date of opening the price bids is November 13,� said an official of the Power Finance Corporation, the nodal agency for these projects.

    Meanwhile, the government is readying to invite bids for the next (the fourth) ultra mega power project at Tilaiya in Jharkhand, said Razdan.
    - Babji, in 24 years

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