Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Friday felt that setting up an industry in Vijayawada has now become more expensive than Singapore. Addressing a meeting after inaugurating LV Prasad Eye Institute along with Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu, ministers Kamineni Srinivas and Devineni Uma Maheswara Rao, the Chief Minister said that the land prices in Vijayawada had abnormally gone up and that investors had begun rethinking on setting up their units here.
"Unless the land owners voluntarily reduce the prices, investments will move to other places like Rayalaseema or the neighbouring States," he said. Chandrababu vowed to develop Amaravati as an international medical hub and said that in the coming days patients from other countries should look to Amaravati for better treatment. "The standard of medical care will be developed to high standards," he added. He wanted the doctors working with the LV Prasad Eye Institute to prepare a comprehensive report on eye care in the State.
Venkaiah Naidu said AP should feel proud of the eye bank being set up at the LV Prasad Eye Institute with global standards. He felt that the medical facilities in government hospitals need to be improved. "Andhra Pradesh should not lag behind in any aspect. Health insurance will be provided to all the poor in the State under Prime Minister's Health Insurance Scheme," he stated.
Meanwhile, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences has come forward to establish a medical university and a 2,250-bed multi-super specialty hospital in Amaravati with an investment of Rs 2,500 crore. A delegation from the university met the Chief Minister and submitted a detailed project report on the proposed medical university.