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Land bank turns nightmare for APIIC


Identifying lands for the prospective industrial investors in the State has turned into a tough task for the Andhra Pradesh Industrial Infrastructure Corporation (APIIC). Against a task of building up around 10 lakh acres of land bank the APIIC so far could figure out only 2.5 lakh acres. This is in addition to around 42,000 acres of lands which were ready there in its possession.

The APIIC sources told Media that against a target of 10 lakh acres of land bank, the APICC could only send requisition for 2.5 lakh acres to the district Collectors. The APIIC requires a minimum of 4 lakh acres to cater to 15 to 20 per cent of the investors, who had signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the State government in the Partnership Summit, if they come forward to start operations.

So far 80 per cent of the lands have been identified for allocation to the prospective industrialists in Anantapur, Kurnool, Chittoor, partly from Nellore, Prakasam and Vizianagaram districts. But, the real issue was that some wanted to start their operations in agro processing and allied sectors in Godavari districts. But, not a single acre of land could be identified so far in the West Godavari, the sources said.

However, in case of East Godavari, the existing Agriculture Special Economic Zone (SEZ) has come handy. And, the investment prospects for the SEZ have been pegged at Rs 10,000 crore, which includes setting up a Mega Food Park. But, at the same time some investors wanted to start IT firms in town like Rajahmundry than Kakinada, as that town has good road, rail and air connectivity than Kakinada.

However, here too, the APIIC could not get even a single acre of land. “We are trying encouraging private players to pitch in by availing the concessions announced under New IT Policy," said a senior APIIC official. Similarly, in North Coastal Andhra, lands are available in Srikakulam district. Prospective investors were hesitant to come to that district. Because, the district had witnessed people mounting stiff resistance against taking lands to set up industries. All this has resulted in investments in the region getting concentrated around Visakhapatnam Rural and its adjacent areas of Viziangaram district, the sources pointed out.

Even in case of Krishna and Guntur districts people are not willing to part with their lands. So, as of now, the government has to push other districts like Chittoor, Anantapur, Kurnool, Visakhapatnam and adjacent areas in Vizianagaram districts as the major investment destinations. Because, there is not much resistance from people in these areas and on the top of it lands are available.

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