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Five industrial clusters planned

Staff Reporter

Locations identified; APIIC to acquire land


  • Industries committee chalks out elaborate plan
  • Ibrahimpatnam identified for ceramic cluster
  • Plan to move 50 pharma units to a single cluster

    VIJAYAWADA: The Krishna district administration has plans to set up five industrial clusters on the outskirts of the city. The objective is to promote industries in the district by providing infrastructure and other facilities. Located adjacent to the national highways, each of the proposed clusters will have basic infrastructure and facilities pertaining to a particular industry.

    The district industries promotion committee, headed by the district Collector, Navin Mittal, has chalked out an elaborate plan to set up industrial clusters related to ceramic, printing and stationery, sawmills, pharmaceutical and food park. Locations have been identified and the Andhra Pradesh Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation (APIIC) would acquire land for the purpose, very soon.

    Area-specific approach

    "The idea is to earmark an area exclusively for a particular industry. This would enable industrialists to indulge in collective purchase of raw material and improve their bargaining capacity.

    They can also save transportation charges," says Mr. Mittal. The five industries mentioned above have been identified in the first phase based on factors like availability of raw material, transportation and marketing facilities.

    The ground is being prepared to set up a ceramic cluster at Ibrahimpatnam near G. Konduru highway road, a printing and stationary cluster at Ambapuram near Nunna and a sawmill cluster at Gudavalli. Similarly, the pharmaceutical cluster would find place at Kanchikacherla while the food park cluster will either be located at Tiruvuru or at Kanchikacherla.

    "All the five industries have their own significance. For instance, the ceramic industry requires low investment and can generate employment on a large scale. The technology involved is simple and accessible and most importantly, the product has a great demand," says B. Panduranga Rao, the general manager of the district industries centre.

    Referring to the printing and stationary cluster, Mr. Rao says there are about 50 printing presses, 200 notebook-manufacturing units and 100 bookbinding units in the city, which are located in leased buildings. "The printers wish to move to the peripheries of the city. In a recent interactive session, they even urged the government to provide them basic infrastructure," says Mr. Rao.

    The administration has identified 120 sawmills and proposes to allocate 40 acres of land for the cluster. Similarly, plans are also afoot to shift about 50 pharmaceutical formulation units and eight bulk drug units to a single cluster.

    The Hyderabad-based Andhra Pradesh Agro Food Estates (Food Parks) Association has plans to open a food park that would house food-processing industries. "Once we get the land, we intend to conduct meetings with the industrialists and set up clusters in a phased manner, explains Mr. Mittal.

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