PIL against Move to Drop Port at Ramayapatnam

HYDERABAD: A Public Interest Litigation has been filed in the Hyderabad High Court challenging the decision of the Central government in dropping the proposal to establish a major port at Ramayapatnam in Prakasam district and finalising Dugarajapatnam in Nellore district for establishing the port.

The petitioner, Development Organisation for Socio Economic Change, an NGO represented by its president Chunduri Ranga Rao of Prakasam district, filed the PIL by submitting that establishment of port at Dugarajapatnam will cause immense threat to the ecological balance as the proposed site was surrounded by Pulicat Lake, Pulicat Bird Sanctuary, Nellapattu Bird Sanctuary and Dry Season Bird Sanctuary.

The petitioner organisation stated that the Department of Space has already addressed a letter to the ministry of shipping informing that the establishment of a major port at Dugarajapatnam will be a serious security threat to the national defence and strategic establishments at Sriharikota such as Satish Dhawan Space Centre and Indian Space Research Organisation.

The PIL said that Ramayapatnam is free of these disadvantages, but the ministry of shipping has chosen Dugarajapatnam to establish the port for extraneous considerations.

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N Chandrababu Naidu Proposes Decentralised Development for Andhra Pradesh

n-chandrababu-naidu-proposes-decentralised-development-for-andhra-pradeshHYDERABAD: While deciding to locate the capital city of Andhra Pradesh ‘around Vijayawada’, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has proposed to ‘go for decentralised development of the state with three mega cities and 14 smart cities’.

Section 93 and the 13th Schedule of the AP Reorganisation Act promises certain educational institutions and infrastructure facilities to ensure balanced development of the successor state.

Naidu said in his statement placed on the floor of the Legislative Assembly yesterday that the state government has taken great care to ensure that these institutions and facilities are distributed evenly across different regions of the state.

The state government has identified lands and sent proposals to the Centre for approval of Agriculture University at Guntur, IIM at Visakhapatnam, IIIT at Kurnool, Tribal University at Vizianagaram, Central University and a satellite centre of AIIMS at Anantapur, NIT in West Godavari, AIIMS and NIDM at Vijayawada/Guntur, IISER and IIT at Tirupati and Petroleum University in East Godavari, the statement said.

In addition to these statutory commitments, the state government has prepared plans for the comprehensive economic development of Andhra Pradesh by making it a hub for manufacturing, knowledge-based activities, medical care and tourism, it added.

The centrepiece of the plans for the industrial development involves developing the entire Nellore-Vizag belt as part of the Vizag-Chennai Industrial Corridor (VCIC) and the Chittoor-Anantapur belt as part of the Chennai-Bangalore Industrial Corridor (CBIC).

In addition to the existing ports at Gangavaram, Kakinada, Krishnapatnam and Visakhapatnam, the state government proposes to develop ten more ports at Kakinada (second one), Machilipatnam, Dugarajapatnam, Bhavanapadu, Ramayapatnam, Meghavaram, Nakkapalli, Kalingapatnam, Bheemunipatnam and Narsapur.

The state government has prepared plans for the development of international airports at Visakhapatnam, Vijayawada and Tirupati.

Source: ET

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Parties Join Hands to Press for Ramayapatnam Port

They say mega infrastructure project will spur growth in the backward district

 Ramayapatnam in Prakasam district where the demand for locating world-class port is gaining momentum.— Photo: Kommuri Srinivas

Ramayapatnam in Prakasam district where the demand for locating world-class port is gaining momentum.— Photo: Kommuri Srinivas

The stir for locating a world-class port at Ramayapatnam in Prakasam district got a boost with leaders cutting across party lines joining the movement spearheaded by the Prakasam District Development Forum (PDDF) for realising the mega infrastructure project to spur growth in the district.

A roundtable conference attended by, among others, leaders of the TDP, BJP, CPI and the Congress on Saturday decided to impress upon Chief Minister N.Chandrababu Naidu to lead a delegation to New Delhi to urge Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari for development of Ramayapatnam port, CPI district secretary K. Aruna and PDFF president Ch. Ranga Rao said while briefing newsmen on the conference.

”It is imperative to locate the second major port sanctioned for Andhra Pradesh at Ramayapatnam to attract industrial investments of over Rs. 1 lakh crore including in the proposed National Investment and Manufacturing Zone (NIMZ) and ancillary industries to unleash the growth potential of the region fully”, asserted senior TDP leader from Kandukur Divi Sivaram, who has been in the forefront of the stir ever-since the UPA Government’s reported decided to locate the port at Duggirajapatnam in neighbouring Potti Sriramulu Nellore district, overlooking security and environmental concerns.

”The BJP has committed itself in its election manifesto to develop Ramayapatnam port and there is no question of going back on this promise”, maintained BJP District General Secretary R.Ramanjaneyulu.

”Ramayapatnam Port with an initial investment of Rs. 8,000 crores is the need of the hour to put the entire successor state of Andhra Pradesh on the path of progress with port-based economic activities”, felt Communist Party of India State Deputy Secretary Mupalla Nageswara Rao.

Transportation cost on EXIM trade can be saved by locating the major port in Ramayapatnam, which is closer to several districts of coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema and ensure dispersed development, added PDDF Secretary N.Ravikumar. Congress district unit spokesman Sashikanth Bhushan suggested that road and rail blockade stirs should be resorted to draw the Centre’s attention to the demand.

Source: TheHindu

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‘Announce time-frame to develop Ramayapatnam port’

The Centre’s announcement on the Dugarajapatnam major port in Nellore district a few days ago has triggered fears among the people here with the Joint Action Committee (JAC) representatives blaming it on the failure on part of the local people’s representatives.

The JAC leaders expressed concern that while the neighbouring district’s leaders could put pressure on the Centre to eventually get Dugarajapatnam port, the leaders of Prakasam district could not do anything with regard to their port. A Central team, which inspected three locations in AP in the past, finally selected Ramayapatnam for developing the port. At that time, the team also inspected Dugarajapatnam which was not selected eventually.

After the latest announcement, Congress MP Chinta Mohan said that the Dugarajapatnam port was going to be a major port which would be developed in over 5,000 acres. Following these announcements, the JAC leaders of Prakasam district started blaming the local representatives here.

JAC co-convener Rayapati Jagadeesh came down heavily on the people’s representatives of Prakasam district for failing to bring pressure on the Centre. He led several activists in burning the effigies of some leaders to register their protest against the Centre’s stand with regard to Ramayapatnam port.

Mr. Jagadeesh called upon the people here to join the struggle for bringing pressure on the Government to announce a time frame for the development of the Ramayapatnam port.

JAC members blame Prakasam district leaders for failing to put pressure on the Centre with regard to their port

source: thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-andhrapradesh/announce-timeframe-to-develop-ramayapatnam-port/article4710086.ece

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Suspense over location of port continues

Though the Union Finance Minister has announced a major public sector port for Andhra Pradesh along with one for West Bengal in the Union Budget 2013-14 for handling increased cargo traffic, it stopped short of announcing the location, to bring closure to the long pending proposal.

Thus, the suspense over which of the three locations, Nakkapalli in Visakhapatnam, Duggirajupeta in Nellore and Ramayapatnam in Prakasam district would bag the major port continues.

The technical team deputed by the Centre visited all the three locations last year, and it apparently agreed with the State government’s view that Ramayapatnam emerged the most suitable location in view of the security concerns raised by the Navy with regard to Nakkapalli location while environmental issues came in the way of Duggirajupeta, which was close to the Pulicat lake and also Sriharikota Space Centre.

State government sources said that all the three locations were evaluated by the Central team and they rated Ramayapatnam as No.1 location of the three in their technical evaluation. Yet the administrative process had not been completed nor had the Centre sent any official communication so far of its choice.

“An announcement in the budget will take at least one year for the proposal to be actually grounded even after the location is finalised. However, we are still not sure of the location of the second major port in the State,” they added.

Andhra Pradesh, with its 1,000-km coastline, has great potential to develop ports. Gujarat with 1,600 km coastline has 40 ports, both minor and major as against four ports in the State including the major public sector port at Visakhapatnam. While ports in Gujarat handle 250 million tonnes of cargo, the major port in the State handles 50 million tonnes. The other three private ports are Gangavaram, Krishnapatnam and Kakinada.

SOurce: Hindu

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Ramayapatnam Port Work to Start Next Year

According to Municipal Administration Minister Mr. M. Mahidhar Reddy, the work on Ramayapatnam port in Prakasam district will begin in the New Year.

Mr. Reddy said the district was poised to witness tremendous growth on the industrial front with the coming up of the second major port in the State after Visakhapatnam.

A proposal for setting up a INR 3,000-crore industrial corridor was being considered, he added.

Development and welfare initiatives of the ruling Congress would help it score a hat-trick in the next general election, he said. The statutory backing given to the SC/ST sub-plans would boost the party’s prospects in future elections including the polls for cooperative bodies, he added.

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Tenders: Development Of Ramayapatnam As Tourism Destination

Andhra Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation Limited
Hyderabad – Andhra Pradesh – India
Arrived on 03 January 2012 18:16:31 IST
The Superitending Enginner Of Andhra Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation Limited, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh invites tenders notice for development of Ramayapatnam as tourism destination in Prakakasham district.

Notice Type: Tender Notice
Tender Scope Domestic
Tender Value INR 2,64,35,422/-
Project Period 9 Months
EMD INR 2,64,400/-
Category Industrial Development Agencies
Products Development Work
NIT/Tender Document : Click here to view tender document
Document Fees: INR 8,748/-

Dates to Remember

Publish Date 03-Jan-2012 2:15 p.m.
Document Sale Starts 02-Jan-2012 4:00 p.m.
Document Sale Ends 09-Jan-2012 1:15 p.m.
Due Date 12-Jan-2012 2:30 p.m.

Contact Information

Contact Person: The Superitending Enginner
Company Name: Andhra Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation Limited
Address: Tourism House 3-5-891, Himayat Nagar, Hyderabad
Hyderabad – Andhra Pradesh India
Phone No: +91-40-23262151

Other Details: More Information Click here

Tender Reference No. 44/3/2011-12

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Port proposed in Prakasam

Prakasam district will dev-elop in the New Year if the Union government sanctions a port at the seacoast village of Ramayapatnam.

Prakasam district will dev-elop in the New Year if the Union government sanctions a port at the seacoast village of Ramayapatnam.

A high-level committee formed by the Union government will visit Ramayapatnam and adjacent areas to inspect the possibilities of port construction on January 7.

State government had re-commended another port to Union government two years ago and proposed Nakkapalli of Visakhapat-nam district, Ramayapat-nam of Prakasam district and Durgarajapatnam of Nellore district for the port project. The major port in the state is at Visakhap-atnam which is one of the busiest ports in the country with a capacity of 63.2 million tonnes per annum which will increase to 86 million tonnes by 2012-13.

Chimakurti of the district is famous for black galaxy granite which is exported to China, Ameri-can and European countries.

There are 186 galaxy granite quarries, 134 granite quarries, 74 quartz quarries, 15 silicon sand quarries and 105 slate mines in the district. These traders transport granite from Krishnapa-tnam or Chennai ports but with a new port here, transport expenses and time will be saved.

As much as 5,000 acres of land is required for the port and can be arranged at Ramayapatnam. The Union government will spend Rs.5,700 crore for the construction of the port.

The high-level committee led by chairmen of the Cochin, Paradip and Vish-akapatnam ports, Mr K. Subramanyam, Mr G.J. Rao and Mr D.S.R. Satyaprakash and others inspected Nakkapalli on December 6 and will inspect Durgarajapatnam of Nellore on January 6 and Ramayapatnam on January 7.

Some officials of the Ports department met the district joint collector, Mr P. Lakshminarsimham, in the last week of December and asked him to submit geographical and other details by January 2.

Source: Deccan Chronicle

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Tourist centre coming up on Thummalapenta sea coast

AP Tourism Dept is planning to develop, expand and sustain sea coast tourism infrastructure in Nellore district. As part of this, the Thummalapenta sea coast near Kavali is being developed as an attractive tourist centre. AP Tourism is seeking possession of 10 acre land earmarked for such purposes near the beach.

The Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, has sanctioned Rs. 3.77 crore for developing this tourist centre of which the first instalment of Rs. 3.02 crore has already been released. Apart from the Tourist Information Centre to be built at a cost of Rs. 1.72 crore, other proposed facilities include entrance plaza, spacious parking lot, entrance gateway, soft landscape, children’s play area, seating, utility area, pathways, signages, dust bins, jetty and so on.

A similar project is already being developed at Mypadu beach in the Nellore district at a cost of Rs. 1.65 crore. Four acres of land was acquired for this. Various tourist-friendly facilities are being created here. The tourism department has also built 5 cottages at a cost of Rs.52 lakh to attract more tourists to the Ramayapatnam beach near Kavali, Nellore district.

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