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Khammam right choice to locate industries

D. Chandra Bhaskar Rao

A transparent and time-bound system in place in the district to facilitate development of new units



Dummugudem barrage on Godavari river in Khammam district.

Planning to set up an industrial unit in Khammam? No need to labour through the various government departments for permissions and certificates. Every clearance can be had in a hassle free process. Here the administration is the key facilitator.

District Collector V. Usharani has assured the entrepreneurs that the clearances for new industrial units would be a few hours affair from now on. The approvals would be given under a single window concept introduced to create an investor-friendly atmosphere.

A transparent and time bound system was in place in the district to facilitate the development of new industries, she said adding that Khammam was one of the districts endowed with abundant natural resources. It is also a place with potential for development of the agro-based industries.

The administration had focused its attention on the need for a perspective plan for development of the industries and designed it with the objective of facilitating prospective investors. It would help them assess the infrastructure requirement and take proper decision on setting up new industries.

With important rivers such as Godavari and its tributaries Sabarai, Taliperu, Kinnerasani and many other rivers flowing across the district, its irrigation potential was very high. Over 2.55 lakh hectares of area gets irrigated under the Nagajunasagar left canal system alone in the district.

The Rajiv Sagar and Indira Sagar lift scheme taken for making use of the Godavari waters were expected to extend the irrigation facilities to another four lakh acres. A major part of the work on the Indira Sagar lift, based on the Polavaram back waters, was completed. Over Rs 300 crores was spent on the project. The works on Rajiv Sagar lift was also in full progress. Pace of works on the two schemes would be stepped up.

A place of opportunities

She said the district provided ample opportunities thanks to its hard working people, entrepreneurs and ready to use infrastructure development of which owed to visionary leaders such as the former Chief Minister Jalagam Vengala Rao and former Minister Tummla Nageswara Rao.

Khammam accounts for the largest production of cotton. In a bid to give value addition to it, a cotton park with ginning and baling facilities was fast coming up at Annarugudem village. A food processing park was also proposed near Sathupalli. The district accounts for an annual farm output of Rs 10,000 crores in normal time.

The state-owned Singareni Collieries, the Kothagudem Thermal power station, Sponge Iron India Limited (SIIL) and the ITC BPL in the private sector gave the district a special place in the industrial map of the state.

Despite the impressive industrial growth, she said, the district could give due importance to environmental protection also. It could boast of its 42 per cent forest cover. A number of professional colleges were also coming up thus making Khammam a major hub of higher education. Above all the positive character of political leadership of Khammam was instrumental for giving the district a special place.

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