VIJAYAWADA: The AP government will allot 300 acre land for construction of a world -class Marine Academy at Machilipathnam. This was announced in the State Budget on Thursday, bringing cheers to the people of the town who have been waiting for the academy for the last two years.
After the Mumbai attacks, the Central government had given importance to the safety of coastal regions and had already set up marine police stations with the support of the state government.
In this context, the state government had decided to set up the Marine Academy and principal secretary of home Ddpartment TP Das had inspected land at the Gollagudem village in Pedapatnam mandal near Machilipatnam, but the academy had remained a non-starter for the last two years. The Marine Academy will train the marine police to effectively deal with any terrorist attack.
The state Budget has, meanwhile, allotted `300 cr for the Metro rail projects for Vijayawada and Visakhapatnam. Special Purpose Vehicles (SPVs) have been formed for Vijayawada and Visakhapatnam Metro Rail projects and the Detailed Project Reports (DPRs) are under preparation.
At the review meeting held in the second week of February, chief secretary IYR Krishna Rao had asked the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation officials to complete the DPRs by the end of March.