Setting a new high ground for Rayalaseema, Bharat Electronics Limited has called in for new emergence of possibilities. Taking AP’s standing attention on defence and aerospace sectors to new heights, BEL has decided to come up with India’s largest defence systems integration complex at Palasamudram in Anantapur district.
A massive mission costing 500 crore rupees and spanning for the next 3 to 4 years, the facility is destined to mark the great rise of Rayalaseema region. Palasamudram, located at Gorantla Mandal of Anantapur district, will see a vast facility that will be commissioned to be built in an area of over 900 acres. This unit will be an extension of BEL’s Missile Systems Strategic Business Unit of the Bangalore Complex.
Foundation stone was also laid to this effect on the spot, welcoming sea change and potential scope of development for the Seema region of Andhra Pradesh. “Now, after 32 years, BEL is back in our state to set up its 2nd unit in Andhra Pradesh – a place where it belongs,” the Chief Minister Mr Chandrababu Naidu stated on the occasion.
The birth of avenues begin today, with the emergence of this development. BEL intends to capitalize on Rayalaseema’s resources and intends to expand the facility further up, stretching to Nimmaluru village in Krishna district.
Choice of Rayalseema comes as a great one for such an initiative. Seema region stands to be a promising spot to become the largest manufacturing hub of Southern India. The advantages are numerous, with availability of land in abundance and geographic placement between the happening metros in the South. Interestingly, Anantapur will also be a ride away soon to the new capital of Amaravati, after the new NH is created as planned recently by the Union Ministry in collaboration with AP Govt.
The scope is limitless considering the development being looked ahead with the new defence ops in the region. BEL plans to strengthen the infrastructure in various areas such as multi functional Radars, night vision technologies, surface to air missile (SAM) programs, along with advanced electronic warfare systems.
Understandably, BEL intends to target Palasamudram for all its way forward plans and execution of new projects. The infrastructure being envisioned will be state of the art, and the proposed complex will house world class facilities with industrial robots and automated guided vehicles. This facility will mark the new high rise of industrial operations and business for Rayalaseema.
“We want to make Rayalseema and Prakasam districts are Defence hubs. My focus is also to develop a strong MSME ecosystem in this sector, with ancillary units around Vizag, Nellore and Anantapur districts.” explained Mr Naidu. The state government is also looking at investment prospects worth Rs 20,000 cr and employment avenues over 5,000 workforce by the year 2020.
Palasamudram is all set to become the centrifuge of economic dynamics and a prime point to do business, welcoming fresh tidings for Rayalaseema.