VISAKHAPATNAM: Visakhapatnam has the potential to be the gateway of the East with many facilities, Canadian Trade Office consul and senior trade commissioner (South India) Stanley Gomes has felt.
Addressing the ‘Andhra Pradesh- Canada Infrastructure Conclave’ organised by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) here Tuesday, Gomes said that he was impressed with the longest coastline, freight facilities and other sources available in the Port City and opined that Vizag and Andhra Pradesh, at large, can establish good infrastructural relationship with Canada in the coming days.
Nearly 14,000 students from AP were pursuing education in many universities of Canada. It had been sharing a decent relationship with South India and would offer help in education, infrastructure and other areas, he said.
Visakhapatnam Port Trust chairman MT Krishna Babu spoke about the facilities being provided by the Port to various companies. “After bifurcation, the state needs immediate development in many aspects.
Many proposals, projects and investments are being taken in to consideration and we have been waiting for Governments approval.” An LNG terminal in the east coast of Kakinada and land based energy terminal in Gangavaram will be set up shortly.
Meanwhile, pipeline from Kakinada to Srikakulam was already sanctioned and it would be started in a couple of years, he added. Arup Data Architect Limited president Arup Datta explained about the achievements and activities of the company in Canada. Canadian Trade Office trade commissioner Vikram Jain, CII vice-chairman (Visakhapatnam zone) and Sarda Metals director Neeraj Sarda also participated.