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Centre-State talks today on APRA issues; steel plant, refinery on table  

The issue of setting up a new port in the State, however, has not been listed in the meeting’s agenda though it was one of the promises made in the Act.

Published: 06th September 2021 07:21 AM  |   Last Updated: 06th September 2021 07:21 AM   |  A+A-

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By Express News Service

VIJAYAWADA: To review various long-pending Centre-State coordination issues, particularly those listed in the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, 2014, the Centre has convened a meeting on Monday with the AP officials to discuss the completion of various projects. The issues include setting up of an integrated steel plant in the state and a greenfield crude oil refinery and petrochemical complex in Kakinada.

The Union cabinet Secretariat, in a communication, informed the State government that issues related to departments like Steel, Water Resources, Petroleum and Natural Gas, Civil Aviation, Environment and Forests, Industry and Internal Trade and Defence Research and Development will be reviewed through a videoconference at 3.30 pm on Monday.

Though the previous TDP government and the present YSRC government have made repeated representations to the Centre on fulfilling the promises made under the AP Reorganisation Act, 2014, several issues did not make any headway in the last seven years. 

“Several major promises incorporated in the Act have not been fulfilled yet, important among them are the setting up of an integrated steel plant in Kadapa district and a greenfield crude oil refinery and petrochemical complex (in Kakinada). These two will be among the 13 issues that will be taken up for review in Monday’s meeting,’’ State officials said.

This is the first time the Centre is convening such a high-level official meeting to discuss the long-pending issues and the State government is hopeful of some headway in fulfillment of the assurances.The issues that  will come for review include conducting a public hearing in neighbouring Odisha and Chhattisgarh related to the Polavaram multi-purpose project, rescinding the stop-work order on the Polavaram project, setting up of a Petroleum University in Visakhapatnam, developing Vizag-Chennai Industrial Corridor, expanding airports in Visakhapatnam, Vijayawada and Tirupati to international standards, according to the Cabinet Secretariat’s letter.

Apart from these, the issue related to acquisition of land by the Naval Science and Technological Laboratory, Visakhapatnam, for house plots, illegal constructions in Madhavadhara village near Visakhapatnam, construction of road through NSTL connecting NH-16 and Gopalapatnam and handing over of equivalent land to NSTL are also listed in the agenda.The issue of setting up a new port in the State, however, has not been listed in the meeting’s agenda though it was one of the promises made in the Act.

Pending projects 

  • Setting up of integrated steel plant in the state and a greenfield crude oil refinery and petrochemical complex in Kakinada 
  • Public hearing in neighbouring Odisha and Chhattisgarh related to the Polavaram project 
  • Setting up of a Petroleum University in Vizag 
  • Vizag-Chennai Industrial Corridor
  • Expanding airports in Visakhapatnam, Vijayawada and Tirupati


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