Mega Engineering Company won the bid to complete the works related to supplying drinking water to Nellore from Sangam Anicut. The Rs512 crore project was conceived to supply drinking water to Nelloreans through 70,000 water connections and 71 water tanks. 39 new tanks will be constructed and 34,000 new water connection will be given as part of the project. 15 villages that were recently merged into Nellore municipal corporation will also be covered under the scheme.
As part of this 40 km long water supply project, water will first be pumped to the water treatment plant 5 km away at Mohammedapuram. Here water is lifted to a height of 300 feet and then released to Nellore by gravity. Nellore is about 150 feet down from this point. The three 750 HP pumps at Sangam will get quality power supply from the nearby 132 KV substation from Adurupalli.
ISRO has successfully put IRNSS-1F satellite into orbit on 10th March from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SHAR), Sriharikota. The satellite was launched on-board Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV C-32). IRNSS-1F is the sixth dedicated navigation satellite under the Independent Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) concieved by ISRO.
IRNSS is designed to provide accurate geographical position information (GPS) to users in India and beyond extending up to 1,500 km from the border. The last satellite (IRNSS-1G) in the seven satellite series to complete the regional navigation system will be launched next month.
Parksons Packaging Ltd of Mumbai is setting up a Rs70 crore plant on a 10 acre plot in Sri City of Nellore to produce and process folding cartons. Company chairman Mr Ramesh Kejriwal held a ground breaking ceremony at Sri City on 10th March. Company joint managing director Chaitanya Kejriwal, director Anjali Kejriwal, senior manager -process engineering, Sachin Shukla and P. Gopalakrishan from marketing were also present.
Parksons is a leading manufacturer and exporter of printed and laminated folding cartons. Its key customers include Mondelez, Kellogs, Colgate, HLL and Godrej, some of whom are located in Sri City itself. Parksons produces about 10 million packs daily from its four plants located in Daman, Chakan (Pune) and Pantnagar (Uttarakhand).
The plant is expected to be ready by October and will employ about 300 people in the initial phase.
Andhra Pradesh police department recently took the initiative to replicate the success story of Cyberabad Security Council of Hyderbad, which has rolled out a series of security measures, by starting Nellore Industrial Safety and Security Corporation (NISCO).
Over 700 companies including large, medium and small-scale are present in the Nellore industrial corridor between Krishnapatnam Port and Sri City, of which 120 are large industries, out of which 50 to 60 companies have a turnover of over Rs 100 crore. Most of them have evinced interested in taking part and contribute to its success.
Nellore District Collector, SP and IG (Guntur Range) conducted several workshops in the recent past as a result of which a core team has been formed with General Managers (Security) of Krishnapatnam Port and Sri City apart from Additional SP of Nellore. NISCO has drafted a Standard Operating Procedure according to which the council would take care of untoward incidents with the help of employees of the industries.
In the first phase, the first cluster of about 100 companies have started setting up their own security measures including CC cameras, security alarms and private security personnel. The security guards would patrol a stretch of 5 to 8 km on bicycles or motorcycles fitted with RFID chip and a wireless set up to communicate with Rakshak teams during emergency. A DSP rank officer has been assigned to monitor the security and law and order at each cluster.
The Andhra Pradesh Industrial Infrastructure Corporation (APIIC) received environmental clearance from the Union ministry of environment and forests (MoEF) for a multi-product special economic zone (SEZ) at Naidupeta in Nellore district. Spread over 2550.79 acres the SEZ has been developed at a cost of Rs 114 crore. It will cover Dwarakapuram, Pallepalem, Menakur, Konetirajupalem and Palluchuru villages of Naidupeta and Pellakuru mandals. Around 1,200 acres would be available for new industries and the remaining area would be used for common infrastructure facilities.
MoEF stipulated that there shall be no manufacture of automobile parts, but the SEZ can be used for assembly of automobiles. The SEZ will have an employment potential of 40,000 jobs. Three to four companies such as Aurobindo, PEL (Prime Electric Limited) and Green Tech have already established their facilities by taking independent approvals from MoEF.
Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu inaugurated the 2640 MW Sembcorp Gayathri Power Complex (SGPC) being setup at an investment of Rs. 20,000 crore near Nellore. The power complex houses two 1,320MW super critical coal-fired power plants; Thermal Powertech Corporation India Ltd (TPCIL) which commenced operations in September 2015 and NCC Power Projects Ltd (NCPPL) which is expected to be fully operational by the end of this year.
Nellore now has 11 power plants generating about 15,550 MW including those from AP Genco, Meenakshi, Simhapuri, Reliance and Kineta. This is the largest capacity of energy generated in a single district. The Sembcorp Gayatri Power Complex alone can meet 40% of the daily energy demand of entire state of Andhra Pradesh.
About 10 to 11 million tonnes of coal from Krishnapatnam port travels the 7-km distance to the plant via conveyor belt and the locals often express environmental and health concerns. Sembcorp CEO Tang Kin Fei, however claims that the plant has been designed according to World Health Organisation standards with minimal emissions and also plans to build a plant to use fly ash coming from the plant to make light weight concrete components and eventually concrete panels and modular housing.
SHAR is going to launch PSLV-C32 at 4 PM on 10th March from Sriharikota in Nellore district. Its payload is the sixth spacecraft in the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS-1F), which aims to improve global positioning services over India and neighboring regions.
A 2010 batch IPS officer Mr Vishal Gunni took charge as the superintendent of police for Nellore district here on 6th March. Before coming to Nellore, Mr Vishal served in Narsipatnam and Visakhapatnam in various capacities.
Mr Vishal is the 40th SP of Nellore district. He gave his phone number as 9440796300 and announced that he is available 24×7 at the service of people.
His predecessor Mr Gajarao Bhupal has been transferred to the CID. Mr. Gajarao escaped unhurt in the recent mob attack on the Nellore One Town police station, in while his car was damaged. Prakasam SP Ch. Srikanth has been looking after Nellore district also after the incident.
Nellore District Collector Ms M. Janaki said that efforts are being made to develop Nellore as a coastal tourism hub. The district administration has taken works to transform beaches, lakes, bird sanctuaries and islands into an integrated hub for coastal tourism in Nellore district.
The central government released Rs. 63 crore for developing tourist facilities in beaches at Mypadu, Ramatheertham, Isukapalli, and Kotha Koduru. Plans have also been made for developing Nellore Swarnala Cheruvu tank, B.V. Palem boating point and Irakam island.
A few major works are nearing completion at Irakam island, Nelapattu bird sanctuary and Atakanithippa point in Pulicat lake and also the Venadu Dargah located in the Pulicat lake. Mypadu now boasts of a beach side resort with sea-view cottages. Ramatheertham and Kotha Koduru beaches are getting a facelift now. A bicycle track and facilitation centre are proposed at Nelapattu bird sanctuary.
About Rs. 10.47 crore is being spent on the development of basic infrastructure such as easy access by road and water to the famous Irakam island which is located in the middle of the Pulicat brackish water lake near Sullurupeta.
Government has allotted 150 acres of land at Mogallapalem in Nellore rural mandal for the National games that is going to be hosted in 2019.
The Indian Olympic Association had decided to organize the event in Andhra Pradesh after the Uttarakhand Government expressed its inability to host the games.