Andhra Pradesh

AP CM unveils Vision Visakhapatnam plan

Unveiling ‘Vision Visakha’ plan for the next five years, Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy said the city needs to be developed as the growth engine that would contribute to all round prosperity of the State in the coming years.

Visakhapatnam: Unveiling ‘Vision Visakha’ plan for the next five years, Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy said the city needs to be developed as the growth engine that would contribute to all round prosperity of the State in the coming years.

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Addressing the Seminar, attended by more than 2000 industrialists, at the Radisson Blue Hotel here on Tuesday, the Chief Minister reaffirmed his commitment to make Visakhapatnam the Administrative Capital.

As Hyderabad has nearly 90 per cent of the PSUs, it grew at a faster pace but it has become the growth engine city for the Telangana post-bifurcation. Our State can’t grow unless and until we have a similar growth engine city, he said.

Visakhapatnam has perfect potential to become our growth engine for Andhra Pradesh, he said, adding it will become another city like Chennai, Hyderabad and Bangalore in another 10 years or so.

“With the basic infrastructure of well laid out roads, port facility and some good structures which is enough, if we have an iconic Secretariat, a convention centre and a sports stadium and the like that could attract the attention of people not only in India but across the world,” he stated.

Listing out the advantages for Visakhapatnam, the Chief Minister said that apart from the city already being a port one, the Mulapeta Port and Bhogapuram International airport, along with the 6-lane express highway, would be ready for functioning in another 15 or 18 months, boosting up infrastructure.

“That apart, the coming up of Adani Data Centre that facilitates laying of submarine cable from Singapore and 7-star hotels, resorts by Oberai and May Fair groups and NTPC Green Hydrogen projects will also contribute to the growth of the City,” he said.

The Mulapet, Ramayapatnam, Machilipatnam and Kakinada ports are being built at rapid pace besides developing 10 fishing harbors and 6 fish land centers in Andhra Pradesh, the Chief Minister announced.

AP was ranked first in the ease of doing business (EoDB) in the last three successive years, he said and stressed that 39 per cent 352 MoU signed at the Visakha GIS in March 2023 have been translated into reality.

Assuring the industrialists that Government is committed to make Visakhapatnam the administrative capital and turn it into the most-needed growth engine for Andhra Pradesh, he said that everyone should think what is good for the next generation, how to enhance the revenues of the State and how our children will prosper,

“After the elections, my swearing in ceremony as the Chief Minister will take place in Visakhapatnam and I will sit here in that capacity. We will prevail, we will survive and we will bounce back,” Jagan Mohan Reddy said.

Later, Special Chief Secretary to the Chief Minister Y Sri Lakshmi submitted an AV presentation to the industrialists on how Visakhapatnam would be developed in different sectors over the next five years.

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