Over the last 365 days, the state of Andhra Pradesh has faced some of the most troubling times as well as uplifting moments. The bifurcation of the united State of Andhra Pradesh was an emotional decision for all Telugus. It was unscientific, denying the new State of Andhra Pradesh a level-playing field.
Yet, we have remained unperturbed by such disconcerting circumstances and strove hard to pick up the pieces and put them together.
During this transition, we have had our ups and downs and yet, steered our Sunrise State of Andhra Pradesh in the right direction – towards growth and development.
Every challenge is an opportunity and every obstacle, an unforgettable experience. Despite huge setbacks like Cyclone Hudhud, we have bounced back to normalcy with determination under a dynamic leadership.
Departing from the “business as usual” approach, the state has taken a focussed “mission-mode” approach to governanceto make Andhra Pradesh one of the top three states in India by 2022 – our 75th year of Independence. By 2029, we want to be the best state in the country and by 2050, the best destination in the world
Looking back, the State of Andhra Pradesh has made giant strides in the 7 areas
1. Preparations to build a World Class “Peoples Capital” – AMARAVATI
The decision to choose Vijayawada-Guntur region as the capital was based on people’s choice.
Our Capital City is centrally located. The Vijayawada-Guntur-Tenali-Mangalagiri (VGTM) area was chosen after identifying the region suitable for competent administration, economic development, and cultural integration.
The Sivaramakrishnan Committee, constituted by the Union Government studied various alternatives for the formation of a new capital. The committee received 4,728 suggestions from people. Of this, Guntur-Vijayawada region received maximum votes from 2,191 people (46%). While Visakhapatnam received 10.7%, Kurnool 7.6%, Ongole 5.6%, Rajahmundry 2.9%, Donakonda 2.5%, Tirupati 2.4% and other places (put together) got 2.2%.
Keeping in view the concerns of farmers, land was procured under the nation’s best land pooling system to create win-win situation for the government and farmers. The fact that farmers have voluntarily come forward to give 33000 acres of their lands for the development of the capital city shows the success of the scheme.
Amaravati Master Plan
Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between International Enterprise Singapore and the Infrastructure Corporation of Andhra Pradesh is supposed to provide 3 stage plan for development of Capital
Stage 1 – Capital Region Plan
Stage 2 – Amaravati Master Plan
Stage 3 – Seed Capital Region Plan
The five key features of the Amaravati Master Plan are:
Growing a vibrant economy;
Creating a liveable Indian city;
Enhancing connectivity and active mobility;
Land is pooled and ready, the plans all in place, and we are ready to start construction of our dream capital which we can showcase to the world.
2. Zero Power Deficit
Within 100 days of government, Andhra Pradesh has achieved the “zero power cuts” milestone. The power deficit in the state has been brought down from 22 million units per day to zero.
AP Discoms have one of the lowest Aggregate technical and commercial losses in the country – 12.6% till February 2015 which is lower than the target fixed by the Ministry of Power for the current year.
The state has plans to add 5,030 MW of solar and 4,150 MW of wind power during the next 5 years.
Andhra Pradesh is in the forefront, in implementing energy conservation measures in India. 90,000 conventional street lights have been replaced with LED street lights in Visakhapatnam. 41.3 lakh households are provided with LEDs to conserve energy.
3. Introducing AP to the World
The united state of Andhra Pradesh has been divided, forming a new state of Telangana. So far, only Hyderabad which has gone to Telangana is on the global business map. Most of the global corporations don’t know anything about Andhra Pradesh.
During the past one year, Chief Minister, N Chandrababu Naidu has visited countries like China, Japan, Singapore and Davos, liaised with the heads of large corporations and business delegations and introduced Andhra to the world. Now not a day goes without a foreign delegation visiting the State showing interest in doing business with Andhra Pradesh.
Corporate Liasions and Tie Ups – Andhra and the World
MoU was signed with Sumitomo Corporation for developing food processing sector and METI which included launch of Working Group consisting of Embassy of Japan, New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC), Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for facilitating investment from Japan to Andhra Pradesh, in various fields such as urban development, infrastructure, manufacturing, agriculture, food processing and IT.
CM met top international and national political and industry leaders like Bill Gates, Satya Nadella, Sheryl Sandberg of Facebook and several other delegates – they voiced interest in AP.
Total of 29 MoUs were signed across Beijing, Chengdu and Shanghai, including 17 Government to Business (G2B) and 12 Business to Business (B2B) MoUs. A lot of business delegations from various provinces have come to AP and the process of investment has started.
Subsequent to the delegation from Andhra Pradesh, Guizhou International Investment Corporation (GIIC) and KSEZ (GMR group) have signed an MoU with proposed investment of approximately USD 500 million in setting up a high tech engineering park in Kakinada SEZ
4. Setting up Major Industries
During the past one year, Andhra Pradesh managed to draw the attention of Major Global and Indian Corporations have set their eyes on the state. 100% power, abundant water resources, good road and port infrastructure, investor friendly policies, dynamic and efficient government helped AP to attract a lot of industries during the past one year
- In April 2015, Hon’ble Chief Minister inaugurated a beverage plant by Pepsi Co. at Sri City with investment of INR 1,200 crore.
- The Government of Andhra Pradesh signed an MoU with Asian Paints which is setting up a manufacturing unit in Pudi Village of Visakhapatnam with an investment of Rs 1,750 crore.
- Facilities of 11 global firms encompassing INR 980 crore of investment were inaugurated and foundation stones were laid for another 11 units at around INR 1,000 crore
- Global Pharma major Mylan is investing additional $5 billion in Andhra Pradesh to expand presence.
- HPCL has proposed to set up a Refinery with proposed investment of INR 17,000 crore.
- VEM Technologies is setting up Aerocity with proposed investment of INR 2,000 crore.
- Jai Raj Ispat Ltd is setting up a TMT bars manufacturing unit with proposed investment of INR 3,000 crore.
- MoU has been signed with 18 ancillary Industries attached to ISUZU India Limited at Sricity with a total investment of INR 900 crore.
- Hero Motors to set up its motorcycle manufacturing plant in the state
- Under the MSMEs category, 2,595 companies have materialized with a total investment of INR 2,154 crore. These will create employment opportunities for 45,446 people.
- Under the Large industries category, 33 companies have materialized with a total investment of INR 3,380 crore. These industries will create 13,551 jobs.
- Wipro has come forward to ramp up its manpower by 7,000 employees
- Tech Mahindra will create an additional employment of 5,000 in Visakhapatnam
5. Irrigation Projects on Fast Track
Andhra Pradesh is a river side state with 40 major, medium and minor rivers. During the past few years too many projects have been started without proper planning, the resources have been spread thin leaving a trail of incomplete projects.
During the past one year, the state has given thrust in the following areas
- To provide water to the Rayalaseema area by inter-basin transfer of surplus water and for completion of 7 prioritized major irrigation projects such as Polavaram Right Main Canal &Pattiseema Lift Irrigation Scheme, Vamshadhara Phase II, Thotapally Project, Gundlakamma, Veligonda, GaleruNagariSujalaSravanthi – I and HandriNeevaSujalaSravanthi.
- Completion of 22 medium Irrigation Projects under Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
These steps would help complete most of the projects by 2016 providing much needed water resource to our farmlands
6. Infrastructure Development
Andhra Pradesh lying on the east coast and in proximity to South East Asian countries, it has the potential to become logistics hub with integrated infrastructure, excellent global and domestic connectivity, surplus power and world-class infrastructure across industrial, social and urban sectors.
AP Infrastructure Mission (APIM) launched in March 2015 aims to create infrastructural assets in the thrust sectors in a time-bound manner with set targets and measurable outcomes.
- In Ports sector, the Mission entails development of a major port at Dugarajapatnam by Government of India in Nellore district, non-major ports at Bhavanapadu at Srikakulam district, Narasapur at West Godavari district Ramayapatnam at Prakasam district.
- At present, there are six operational airports in the State. These are at Visakhapatnam, Tirupati, Vijayawada, Rajahmundry and Kadapa, which are under the operation of Airports Authority of India (AAI), and the other at Puttaparthi, being managed by Sri Satya Sai Trust.The four operational airportsVisakhapatnam, Tirupati, Vijayawada and Rajahmundry together handled 1.66 million passengers and 3,000 tons of cargo in FY 2014-15. The target is account for more than 10% of national traffic by 2022.
- To promote tourism, there are plans for developing infrastructure such as the Beach Corridor, which will realize the benefits of the natural endowments of the state such as the coastline of 974 km, pristine beaches, bird sanctuaries, eye-catching natural rock formations, wild life, scenic back waters and river deltas etc.
The Beach Corridor will have a beach road, which will be around 1,000 km length abutting the shore, along the coast, across the 9 coastal districts, with a 30 km wide land side Corridor of Influence (Col), from AP border in the north in Ichchapurammandal, Srikakulam district to AP border in the South in Tada Mandal, Nellore district. A Techno – Economic Feasibility Study is being done for the same.
In addition to the above plans have been put in place to set up Convention centers, integrated sports complexes, State-Wide High-Speed, low-cost optical fiber infrastructure to provide broadband to households.
7. Knowledge Mission
Chief Minister launched this Mission on April 7, 2015, as a first step in transforming Andhra Pradesh into an Education and Knowledge State.
- The Union Government has sanctioned 11 prestigious central institutions to the Andhra Pradesh state.
- Indian Institute of Management (IIM) – Vishakapatnam is first of the premier institutions to be set up in Andhra Pradesh. The institute will begin functioning from the academic year 2015-16.
- Foundation stone for three prestigious central institutions was laid in Chittoor district:
- Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Tirupati.
- Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Chittoor.
- Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT), Sri City.
- Hindupur in Anantapur district will house the prestigious National Academy of Customs, Excise and Narcotics (NACEN). It is the second Academy to be established in the country and first in South India.
- One-of-its-kind National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT) to be set up in Pamanji and Naggaru Villages of Nellore.
- All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) will be the first central institute that will be set up in the capital region.
- We will also have National Institute of Technology (NIT), Petroleum University, Agricultural University and Tribal University.