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Old January 7th, 2006, 05:55 PM   #1
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Visakhapatnam (Vizag) projects and infrastructure

Vizag is one of india's major cities. till now no space for this city SSC. so here it starts.....

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Visakhapatnam Port cargo handling up 14%

VDS Rama Raju / Visakhapatnam January 05, 2006


The Visakhapatnam Port handled about 52 lakh tonnes of additional cargo, registering a growth of 14 per cent, during the first nine months of the current fiscal, as compared to the corresponding period last fiscal.

The port handled 414 lakh tonnes of cargo from April to December 2005, as against 362 lakh tonnes during the corresponding period in 2004.

Increase in the imports of steam coal and petroleum coke and export of iron ore were the main reasons for the growth, K S D Dattu Raju, traffic manager, Vizag port, told Business Standard.

During the current fiscal, till December-end, the port exported 122 lakh tonnes of iron ore, as against the 114 lakh tonnes during the first nine months of last fiscal.

In 2004-05, the port handled 104.6 lakh tonnes of petroleum products during the first nine months, whereas it handled 115.5 lakh tonnes of petroleum products during the corresponding period in 2005-06 fiscal, posting an increase of 11 lakh tonnes.

Raju said that several parties had started importing steam coal to meet the requirements of thermal power projects. Owing to this, steam coal imports from the port increased to 15 lakh tonnes during the first nine months of this fiscal, as against 3 lakh tonnes during the corresponding period of previous year.

Petroleum coke imports also increased by about 3 lakh tonnes during this period, as compared to the corresponding period last fiscal. Apart from this, coking coal imports increased by 6.4 lakh tonnes.

Vizag port created a national record by handling 55 lakh tonnes of cargo in December, the highest-ever cargo handled by any major port in the country in a month, Raju said.

“If the trend continues, we may touch the 550 lakh tonne-mark by the end of March, as against 501 lakh tonnes in 2004-05. We have maintained the prime position in cargo handling among all the ports in the country for the sixth consecutive year,” he added.



Qatalys To Come To Visakhapatnam

The IT company has already set up a bio-tech unit near Visakhapatnam. It is planning to venture into tissue culture as well.


Saturday, December 24, 2005: The Texas-based Qatalys group is planning to open a facility in Visakhapatnam. The company is in discussion with the state government regarding the issue. The status of the city as a growing Tier-II centre for ITES units has fuelled Qatalys’ plans . The company already has centres in Chennai and Bangalore.

Telidevara Bhimasankara Rao, chairman, Qatalys, said, "A small bio-tech unit has been set up in Visakhapatnam district. We have spent roughly Rs 3-4 crore on the agro project. We are taking up tissue culture. Greenhouses have been set up. We want to expand the operations and take up export of high-value agri products. We are expanding our operations in Chennai."
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Major road-widening works taken up by Greater VMC

VISAKHAPATNAM: Several major road widening works are being taken up in the city under the Comprehensive Road Development Project by the Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation.

As a part of it, work on widening and development of a 1,320-metre road around the old Central Prison area at a cost of Rs.11.44 crores is going on.

While the Jail Road will be 160 feet wide, the Municipal Corporation Road and LIC Road and a new road to be laid will be 120 feet wide.

The 4,746-metre circular road from Siripuram junction covering Raghavendra Swami temple and Rednam Gardens Junction is being laid at an outlay of Rs.24.75 crores.

GVMC Commissioner N. Srikant, who inspected the progress of works, said that the construction of a bridge at Rednam Gardens at a cost of Rs.45 lakhs had been completed and thrown open for traffic.

In its effort to improve roads in the city, the GVMC has also taken up laying of hot mix roads. About 60 per cent of the work on 15 roads costing Rs.15.24 crores has been completed. While the road from LG Polymers to Muthyamamba temple at Kancharapalem costs Rs.3.11 crores, the one from Hindusthan Zinc Limited gate to Scindia Junction will be laid spending Rs. 2.78 crores.


Other works

Among the other roads on which works are going on are: TB Hospital Road (Rs.33 lakhs), Aseelmetta to Hypermarket (Rs.70 lakhs), RTC Complex to National Highway No./5 covering Sitampeta (Rs.50 lakhs), Sitammadhara Main Road up to the foot of the hill (Rs.34.5 lakhs), Diamond Park to NH-5 covering Sankara Matham (Rs.50 lakhs), Nowroji Road from Taj Residency to St. Anthony School (Rs.30 lakhs), AMCOSA Road (Rs.40 lakhs), Tycoon Hotel to Asilmetta (Rs.10 lakhs), All India Radio to Ramakrishna Beach (Rs.48 lakhs), Jagadamba Junction to Old Post Office (Rs.96 lakhs), MCV Stadium Road (Rs.1.08 crores) and Raja Ram Mohan Roy Road (Rs.90 lakhs).


Beach development

The 7 km. beach front from the Kailasagiri Arch to Mahatma Gandhi statue is being developed, and completion is expected to take nine months.

The road is proposed for upgradation with two layers of bitumen of which one layer has already been laid. The wall towards the sea will be refurbished with stone-cladding and pre-cast slabs. New nine metres high octagonal poles will be provided on either side of the road for lighting.

Cross culverts will be constructed at four locations and a stormwater drain is also part of the work. Hard and soft landscaping will be provided in parks.

A visitors' gallery will be constructed at Ramakrishna Beach

http://www.hindu.com/2006/01/07/stor...0718090300.htm
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Old January 20th, 2006, 09:03 PM   #3
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Wipro to set up centre at Vizag

Wipro Ltd, has proposed to set up a development centre in Visakhapatnam, with an initial seating capacity of 1,000 people. The company is seeking for acquisition of land in the port city.

Earlier it has signed a memorandum of understanding on October 20 last year, for the acquisition of seven acres of land in Visakhapatnam.

With a proposed workforce of nearly 3000 people, the Vizag unit would be involved in both software development work and business process outsourcing operations.





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Cabinet decides to allocate land to Satyam for IT SEZ

Hyderabad:As part of efforts to create a conducive environment for Information Technology(IT) and IT-enabled Services(ITES) in Tier-2 cities, the Andhra Pradesh cabinet today decided to allocate 50 acres of land at Visakhapatnam to IT major Satyam Computer Services Limited for development of Special Economic Zone for IT with an investment of rs 100 crore.

Encouraged by the NASSCOM-KPMG report projecting software exports of USD 49 billion in the IT/ITES by 2009 and identifying Visakhapatnam as the tier-2 city with promising growth in the IT/ITES, the cabinet agreed to allocate the land at the rate of Rs 10 lakh per acre, Information Minister Md Ali Shabeer told a press conference here.

M/s Satyam would generate jobs to 2000 people directly and to 3750 people indirectly and achieve exports worth Rs 2300 crore in five years.
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Airport runway, night landing to be completed in Jan 2007

The extension work of the Visakhapatnam Airport which has been taken up at a cost of Rs 200 crore, would be partially completed when the new extended runway and night landing facility are put in place by January 2007.

The airport was submerged during this monsoon following heavy rains caused by cyclonic storms. The air traffic was suspended for three weeks putting air passengers in great discomfort.

The administration took up laying of drainage to ease the flow of water from nearby Meghadrigedda reservoir in times of floods. The expansion work, taken up earlier, was expected to solve the problem of submergence of the low lying airport.

Speaking to newspersons Commercial Tax and Excise minister Konathala Ramakrishna today said that the work on the expansion work of the airport was progressing as per schedule and the new runway and night landing facility would be completed by January 2007. The new terminal building would take two years to complete. Once that was completed, the present terminal building would be converted into cargo complex, he said.

Mr Ramakrishna said Reliance Petro, which had struck natural gas in Krishna-Godavari basin, would supply gas through pipeline to Visakhapatnam city on priority basis. In a recent meeting between Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy and Reliance officials, the petroleum company officials had agreed to include the city in the pipeline project through which seven districts would be supplied gas. ''This would benefit both the people in the city and industries. The Chief Minister has insisted that gas should first be supplied inside Andhra and only after than it could be supplied outside the state, he said.

Commenting on German car manufacturer Volkswagen's reluctance to set up car plant in Vizag, the minister said, ''now it was upto VW to take a decision. We have given them by and large the best offer,'' he added.
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Old January 21st, 2006, 03:48 AM   #5
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Originally Posted by WillyWick
Major road-widening works taken up by Greater VMC

VISAKHAPATNAM: Several major road widening works are being taken up in the city under the Comprehensive Road Development Project by the Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation.

As a part of it, work on widening and development of a 1,320-metre road around the old Central Prison area at a cost of Rs.11.44 crores is going on.

While the Jail Road will be 160 feet wide, the Municipal Corporation Road and LIC Road and a new road to be laid will be 120 feet wide.

The 4,746-metre circular road from Siripuram junction covering Raghavendra Swami temple and Rednam Gardens Junction is being laid at an outlay of Rs.24.75 crores.

GVMC Commissioner N. Srikant, who inspected the progress of works, said that the construction of a bridge at Rednam Gardens at a cost of Rs.45 lakhs had been completed and thrown open for traffic.

In its effort to improve roads in the city, the GVMC has also taken up laying of hot mix roads. About 60 per cent of the work on 15 roads costing Rs.15.24 crores has been completed. While the road from LG Polymers to Muthyamamba temple at Kancharapalem costs Rs.3.11 crores, the one from Hindusthan Zinc Limited gate to Scindia Junction will be laid spending Rs. 2.78 crores.


Other works

Among the other roads on which works are going on are: TB Hospital Road (Rs.33 lakhs), Aseelmetta to Hypermarket (Rs.70 lakhs), RTC Complex to National Highway No./5 covering Sitampeta (Rs.50 lakhs), Sitammadhara Main Road up to the foot of the hill (Rs.34.5 lakhs), Diamond Park to NH-5 covering Sankara Matham (Rs.50 lakhs), Nowroji Road from Taj Residency to St. Anthony School (Rs.30 lakhs), AMCOSA Road (Rs.40 lakhs), Tycoon Hotel to Asilmetta (Rs.10 lakhs), All India Radio to Ramakrishna Beach (Rs.48 lakhs), Jagadamba Junction to Old Post Office (Rs.96 lakhs), MCV Stadium Road (Rs.1.08 crores) and Raja Ram Mohan Roy Road (Rs.90 lakhs).


Beach development

The 7 km. beach front from the Kailasagiri Arch to Mahatma Gandhi statue is being developed, and completion is expected to take nine months.

The road is proposed for upgradation with two layers of bitumen of which one layer has already been laid. The wall towards the sea will be refurbished with stone-cladding and pre-cast slabs. New nine metres high octagonal poles will be provided on either side of the road for lighting.

Cross culverts will be constructed at four locations and a stormwater drain is also part of the work. Hard and soft landscaping will be provided in parks.

A visitors' gallery will be constructed at Ramakrishna Beach

http://www.hindu.com/2006/01/07/stor...0718090300.htm
Are you sure that they'll be 160ft and 120ft? And what is going to be their lane width? Lastly, how much space will be reserved for center dividers?

Laslty, if they're going yo go to all that trouble to create a 12-lane road and a 20-lane road (not accounting for large and green median strips), why not go the extra mile and convert them into outright freeways/motorways by adding flyovers, walls, and signs? After all, that's what they're doing with the NH8 between Delhi and Gurgaon (turning a 4-lane road into a 12-lane one with an 8-lane motorway flanked by 2-lane frontage roads, in a 2+4+4+2 configuration).
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Old January 21st, 2006, 01:16 PM   #6
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India lets Saudi participate in Vizag oil refinery


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NEW DELHI, Jan. 21 (Xinhuanet) -- India is open to Saudi Arabia's participation in the refinery project of Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd, in South Indian city Visakhapataman, national daily, The Hindu, quoted Indian Petroleum Minister Mani Shankar Aiyar as saying on Saturday.

India was hoping that by offering Saudi Aramco's Yanbu refineryan opportunity to invest in Visakhapatnam refinery, India would get an opportunity to invest in Yanbu but India has not been shortlisted. "Nonetheless our offer of collaboration in Visakhapatnam is open," the newspaper quoted the minister as saying.

Aiyer hoped to discuss certain bilateral issues with his Saudi counterpart, who is part of a high-level delegation that will accompany Saudi Arabian King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud on his visit to India from Jan. 24.

"The issue of hydrocarbon cooperation is also a component of bilateral talks that are going to be held between Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the Saudi King," he said.

"So far as the oil component of our energy security is concerned, we have a strong assurance from Saudi Arabia that any incremental requirement will be met by them," he said.

The minister further added that 26 percent dependence on Saudi Arabia is the optimal level and now there was a need to diversify oil sources.

India currently depends on imports for over 76 percent of its 112 million tonne requirement of crude and some petroleum products
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Oracle to open office in Vizag
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Land for Satyam centre in Vizag



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The Andhra Pradesh cabinet today approved a proposal to allot 50 acres of land in Visakhapatnam to Satyam Computer Services Limited for its development centre.

State information minister Mohammed Ali Shabbir said Satyam will create a special economic zone for IT services in the port town by investing Rs 100 crore.

“According to Satyam’s estimates, it could employ 2000 engineers directly and 3750 people indirectly and generate an export revenue of Rs 2,300 crore over the next five years,” said the minister.

The land was being provided to the company at a cost of Rs 10 lakh per acre, Shabbir said.

He said Satyam wants to expand its operations in Vishakhapatnam to promote back office and software solutions operations in a special economic zone to derive tax and other infrastructure benefits.

The Andhra Pradesh government has promoted IT-specific special economic zones in Hyderabad and Vishakhapatnam to decongest IT infrastructure in the state. “We have learnt our lessons from what was happening in Bangalore and are taking better precautions. We will set up IT infrastructure in Hyderabad and other parts of the state that will be sufficient for the next 25 years,” he said.

Satyam achieved a turnover of Rs 3,456 crore in fiscal 2005 and has projected a Rs 4,500-crore turnover in fiscal 2006. It has recorded a CAGR growth of over 81 per cent and net profit at 88 per cent over the last four years.

With over Rs 1,000 crore investment in IT infrastructure, Satyam employed over 22,500 people and had presence in 53 countries in six continents.

The company achieved a billion-dollar run rate in the last quarter ended September 30 and had 149 fortune global and 500 fortune US companies as its customers.
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Visakha's first IT SEZ!!!

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Rushikonda forsees IT park

Special Economic Zones (SEZs) are likely to originate at Rushikonda exclusively for information technology units.

The state government has consigned the Visakhapatnam Urban Development Authority (VUDA), the first urban development authority in the country to develop a layout exclusivelyfor IT-specific SEZ with world-class infrastructure.

The zones will be developed on an area of 100 acres. Some IT units havealready been allotted several acres in Rushikonda under the land allotentpolicy. The interested investors should have a good track record, with anemployee strength of 200 for at least two years.

For first generation entrepreneurs, two IT parks one in the heart of the city and another nearYendada would be set up.All benefits as proposed in the recently enacted SEZ Bill would be passed onto the entrepreneurs.

Single window clearances would be given to all theunits proposed in the SEZs with 100 per cent Income-Tax exemption for thefirst 10 years and exemption of Customs duty and Central Excise on thepurchase of machines. along with exemption from service tax.
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Brandix plans early start on garment city in Vizag

Sri Lanka-based Brandix Lanka Limited, which has been allotted 1,000 acres of land near Visakhapatnam by the state government to develop an end-to-end garment solutions SEZ, seems to be in no mood to wait until all the infrastructure facilities at the proposed site were developed.

Planning to commence operations as early as possible from the port city, the company has acquired over 50,000-square feet of constructed space in the Vizag SEZ besides forming a special purpose vehicle (SPV) with a Rs 50-crore corpus, officials close to the development told Business Standard.

It may be recalled that Brandix Lanka chief executive Ashroff Omar signed an MoU in July 2005 with the state industries department to develop a garment city in Atchyuthapuram mandal in Visakhapatnam district. While Brandix Lanka will hold 76 per cent equity in the proposed SEZ, the remaining 26 per cent will be held by the government.

This export-oriented apparel city, which is proposed to be developed along with the support industries, is expected to create 60,000 jobs over a period of four years from the date of commencement of operations.

Brandix is said to be roping in 15 global companies with 100 per cent foreign direct investment.

The infrastructure, including water and roads committed by the state government, is expected to take some more time to be developed in the proposed SEZ as it involves an investment of nearly Rs 40 crore.

Brandix is also planning to set up its units in Hyderabad along with Gokul Das Exports and Shahi Exports.

The government has allotted 10 acres to each of them in the Nacharam industrial area a couple of months back.
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Consultant for VSP expansion project in 15 days

The selection of a consultant for the Rs 8,600-crore Visakhapatnam Steel Plant (VSP) expansion project will be completed within 15 days.

“Three firm, including one foreign company, have submitted their bids in response to an invitation. Kolkata-based M N Dastur & Company (Private) Limited, one of the three companies, is the lowest bidder,” Y Siva Sagar Rao, chairman and managing director, VSP, told mediapersons here on Friday on the sidelines of a national seminar on refractories.

M N Dastur & Company, which has prepared the detailed project report for the expansion of VSP to 6.3 million tonnes capacity, was likely to be appointed as consultant because of its lowest bid, he said.

The selected consultant would have to take the entire responsibility from tender documents' preparation till the completion of the project, Rao said.

“VSP has more than Rs 4,000 crore on hand. We will start the work with this money initially. In fact, ground clearing and road works have already started,” he said.

The expansion work is expected to be completed in 36 months. By October 28, 2008, the construction of hot mill, steel mill and two rolling mills would be completed.

Work on the other two rolling mills would take another 10 months, he said, adding “With the recent acquisition of coking coal mines by VSP in Jharkhand, the imports were likely to come down by 20 per cent in future.”

such massive expansion will add to the state economy, and also create jobs.
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Old February 6th, 2006, 04:39 AM   #12
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There were for very fancy shanghai like skyscraper projects for vizag a while back. they were posted in the forums. Does anyone know what happened to them.
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Exclusive authority for Pharma City

The 2,120-acre Pharma City in Visakhapatnam, which is primarily designed to house bulk drug manufacturing operations, is getting an exclusive authority to act as a single window clearance agency for all units locating their operations there.

Pharma City will be the first infrastructure project to have a separate authority as currently this kind of facility is being provided by the government to only special economic zones (SEZs). The authority will be empowered to issue all the necessary sanctions, including building clearances.

Nomination of officials from various government departments to the park-level authority has been processed by the industry commissionerate and formal orders constituting the authority are yet to be issued, according to P Eshwar Reddy, chief executive officer of Ramky Pharma City (India) Limited, which is the developer of the first-of-its-kind Rs 300-crore park for bulk drugs and pharmaceutical sector.

Basic infrastructure, including common effluent treatment plant and marine outfall here is expected to be ready by August 2006, and the companies which have booked land can start their operations from October 2006 onwards, according to the developer of the public-private partnership (PPP) venture.

More than 70 per cent of the 1,450-acre net area has been booked by drug companies from within and outside Andhra Pradesh. French multinational SNF Chemicals, Chennai-based Orchid Chemicals, Hyderabad-based Hetero Drugs, and Shasun are among the few names that have booked land in the park while Vishnu Chemicals, Vasudha Pharmaceuticals and Glochem Industries Limited have already started construction work.

Besides a couple of national-level players, some of the multinational companies, including a couple of firms from Japan, have evinced interest in locating their operations from the Pharma City, Eshwar Reddy said. “Negotiations with some of these companies are currently on,” Eshwar Reddy said.

The Pharma City proposes to offer entire services and facilities including effluent treatment, gas, warehousing and chemical storage terminals so that the companies can focus on their core operations. Individual companies are not required to get environmental clearances as the Government of India has accorded a blanket environmental clearance to the Pharma City.

The developer is also planning to apply for SEZ status for a 400-acre area within the Pharma City, where 100 per cent export-oriented units will come up.

Though the state government is showcasing the Pharma City to attract investments in pharma and bulk drug sectors, usual bureaucratic bottlenecks are causing delays in the completion of the project. Even while the project is nearing completion, the orders pertaining to incentives offered by the state government are yet to be issued.

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Holy shit:

more than 1450 acres of the total 2200 acre already occupied.

several companies interested. even major players.

MNCs from Japan.

Possible SEZ status for 400 acres.




Visakhapatnam will be a Manufacturing PowerHouse by 2012 with so many projects like the:

Skoda SEZ
Visakhapatnam SEZ
Pharma City
Gangavaram Port
Brandix Textile Park and several other ones in apparels and textiles.

Volkswagen (the officials from this company have again visited another location this time with a new interest just a month ago. If Andhra gov't continues to give it's lucrative incentives, there is a good chance that VW will come up here. THOUGH NOTHING IS CLEAR FROM THESE OFFICIALS YET.)

Expansion of VSP (from 3 million tonnes to 6.3 million tonnes)

and several other projects in tourism, IT are also rapidly evolving and some of them have started to take shape too.



If both Hyderabad and Visakhapatnam can develop into such major economic centres, then no other southern state including TN can boast of two world class cities with a major contribution to India's GDP. infact, don't think any other state in the country can boast of that either.

but for that to happen, the gov't should continue its proactive efforts and stay on It's toes.
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DuPont, Dow Chem eye units in India


A group of non-resident Indians has zeroed in on areas around Haldia and Vishakhapatnam for setting up two petrochemical conclaves.

"Petrochemical players like DuPont and Dow Chemicals have shown interest in the development of these complexes," said a Planning Commission official. The conclaves, which are expected to come up over 5,000 acre of land, are part of a plan to develop five such areas in the country.

The group of NRIs, which was set up at the behest of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during his visit to New York last year, included Pepsico President Indra Nooyi, Citigroup senior vice- chairman Victor Menezes, former Managing Director McKinsey & Co Rajat Gupta and venture capitalists Vinod Khosla and Parag Saxena.

The Planning Commission is in the process of setting up a task force to suggest ways to finalise the proposal.

The group of NRIs has identified Infrastructure Development Finance Company and IL&FS for undertaking due-diligence of the two sites. The group was also in talks with developers from Singapore and West Asia to develop the petrochemical projects, government officials said.

Last month, the group was in India for preliminary discussions. It met Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S R Reddy and West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee besides senior officials from the two states, officials said.

The officials said no fiscal sops had been sought from the government. "The idea is to develop world-class infrastructure with the NRI group acting as a facilitator to get big players with deep pockets to invest in the country," officials added.

While big players can set up the conclave, smaller players and ancillary units can pitch in to derive backward and forward linkages. "There should be one anchor tenant and once the tenant is in place, other players will follow," officials said.

more manufacturing projects. great to see top chemicals players like DuPont and DOW are now evincing interest in plants.
also, when such major manufacturing projects come up, several jobs are created in the service sector. will add immense value to AP economy.
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Old February 11th, 2006, 10:36 PM   #16
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What happened to these three Vizag projects???

Vizag India. ON the East Coast.
A 22 storeyed software park


Another 36 storeyed one


Yet another 36 floors giant
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currently IT parks are under construction. one in rushikonda and there have been reports of another in madhurawada or something like that.

i've never seen these projects anywhere.
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they are just proposals, designed by Chennai Architect Oscar
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Vizag port surpasses yearly handling figures a month in advance

Continuing with its record performance for the sixth year in succession, the Port of Visakhapatnam, the largest cargo handling port among the 11 major ports in the country, has achieved handling of 501.51 lakh tonnes of cargo a full month ahead of the current fiscal.
This was better than the annual handling of 501.47 lakh tonnes achieved last year, which worked out to an increase of 11.35 per cent on the yearly basis.

A record quantity of 12,221 metric tonnes of Granular Urea was discharged yesterday from the East Quay-1 berth from the vessel M V Kallisto, bettering the previous best discharge of 11,025 mt clocked on September 27, 2004, a Visakhapatnam Port Trust release said here today.

Krishak Bharati Cooperative Ltd of Noida imported this Urea cargo.

VPT chairman K Ratna Kishore had said recently that the port had appointed IPA as consultant to prepare a feasibility report on the proposed mechanised handling system at the General Cargo Berth at a cost of Rs 80 crore. This was to mainly mechanise the imported cocking coal cargo handling which is one of the major cargo the port handles.

On the proposed development of private ports in its vicinity at Kakinada and Gangavaram, he said, this would not affect VPT's performance as healthy competition would lead to the port improve its performance further.
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i think it should belong to the ports thread.
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