The region between Visakhapatnam and Kakinada will have a processing area of 269.44 sq km and 334.14 sq km of
Visakhapatnam, Aug. 14 The best possible master plan will be prepared for the Petroleum, Chemical and Petro-chemical Investment Region being set up between Visakhapatnam and Kakinada, according to a press release issued by the Visakhapatnam Urban Development Authority (VUDA).
The release says that the board of the PCPIR met in the VUDA office on Thursday night and decided to hire a reputed international agency for preparing the draft master plan. Mr B.P Acharya, the president of the board; the Vice-chairman of the VUDA as well as the PCPIR, Mr. V.N Vishnu; and the Visakhapatham district collector, Mr J. Syamala Rao, participated in the meeting besides several officials from East Godavari and Vizag districts.
The PCPIR comprises 603 sq. km in 110 villages in 10 mandals of Visakhapatnam and East Godavari districts, with a potential for huge investments and employment generation up to 11 lakh, states the release. The region between Visakhapatnam and Kakinada will have a processing area of 269.44 sq km and 334.14 sq km of non-processing area.
The board discussed various issues relating to its structure and establishment and felt the need for engaging experts in the preparation of the master plan. “Environment is a big challenge in the establishment of the PCPIR and it shall be accorded high priority and a reputed agency will be hired for the purpose,” adds the release.
The PCPIR board issued a clarification to the public that due to lack of understanding some people felt that the Coastal Industrial Corridor and the PCPIR were one and the same, but it was not so. A campaign would be taken up to educate the public on the vital difference between the two projects – the scrapped coastal corridor and the PCPIR.
The State Government, it may be recalled, scrapped the GO on the coastal corridor before the General and Assembly elections in response to the public outcry and the agitation by the Opposition parties. Subsequently, many opposition parties alleged that the PCPIR was nothing but “a backdoor method of reviving the coastal industrial corridor proposal between Vizag and Kakinada.”
They wanted the PCPIR project also to be scrapped, but the State Government did not oblige them.