VIJAYAWADA: Minister for Mines and Geology Peethala Sujatha has said the availability of abundant minerals and other natural resources in the State is attracting investors and industrialists.
Speaking at a conference on ‘Rich in Minerals - Rich in Opportunities’ held here on Friday, she said the government already gave nod for mining 40,000 tonnes of black ceramic. There is immense scope for setting up of cement, ceramic, granite and glass industries in the State due to availability of plenty of raw material.
The government is implementing a single window system for issue of mining leases for setting up of mineral-based industries in the State, besides taking up promotional activities in a big way for effective utilisation of the mineral wealth of the State as it helps boost economic growth, she said.
The minister also said eight coal mines in the State would be allocated to the Andhra Pradesh Mineral Development Corporation (APMDC). The State Government is extending all necessary support to industrialists in setting up of mineral-based industries as it helps generate employment, she said.
Mines Secretary B Sreedhar, Andhra Pradesh Mineral Development Corporation Vice-Chairman Ch Venkaiah Chowdary, Andhra Pradesh Industrial Infrastructure Corporation (APIIC) Executive Director B Subba Rao and others were present.