AP to be a hub for ceramic production – ‘Ceramic City’ in an area of 3 thousand acres
The Chief Minister announced the establishment of ‘Ceramic City’ on the lines of Morbi in Gujarat, famous for its ceramic products and roof tiles.
The government is planning to set up a ceramic industrial township in an area of 3 thousand acres in either Godavari or Krishna District for which the ‘ Bhoomi Puja’ will be performed in about 2- 3 months from now.
The Chief Minister held meeting with the industrialists from Morbi and invited them to start industries to manufacture sanitary ware and ceramic tiles.
Furthermore, the Chief Minister explained the availability of resources like uninterrupted power supply, abundant gas, water, land and mineral resources.
He mentioned of the availability of soil, limestone, quartz and silicon sand in Andhra Pradesh needed in the manufacturing of ceramics. This would help the industrialist to invest in AP he said.
He also mentioned that AP possesses highly skilled manpower and elaborated on the ease of doing business with the state.
When the industrialists from Gujarat brought to the notice of the Chief Minister regarding the problems of gas supply, the Chief Minister said that the government is in the process of setting up LNG terminal at Kakinada sea port and the works of the gas pipeline are being done at a quick pace.
The Chief Minister mentioned that AP would soon become a ceramic hub for the ceramic industry which includes a 30 thousand crore ceramic market and a 4 thousand crore sanitary ware market.
He added that creation of smart cities and the increasing urbanisation along with increase in the use of tiles in house building will create enormous demand for ceramics.
Upon hearing about the proposals from the Chief Minister, the industrialists expressed interest for investing on a large scale in the state.
The meeting was attended by Minister for Mines and Geology Peethala Sujatha, Secretary to Government (Mines & Geology) M. Girija Shankar, Secretary to CM G. Sai Prasad and other officials.