The AP State Cabinet, headed by Chief Minister Mr.Chandrababu Naidu has approved to allot lands for different Central Government Organizations to set up its base in Nellore district.
Land was approved and allotted for South Central Railways for the new Broad Gauge railway line from Obulavaripalle of Kadapa to Krishnapatnam, Nellore. Land was allocated at different places , 11 acres in Vadlapudi village, 26 acres in Duggunta, and 95 acres in Kasumuru of Nellore district.
72 acres of land was also approved and allotted at Marupuru village of Podalakur in Nellore District to Wing Commander, Chennai for establishment of Radar Station by Indian Air Force (IAF).
Five acres of land was approved and allotted to Indian Coast Guard, Visakhapatnam at Muthukur, Nellore District for construction of communication centre.
These lands were allocated at the market value ranging from Rs.3 lakhs to Rs.22 lakhs per acre.
Virbac Animal Health India Ltd, the Indian subsidiary of the French Company Virbac SA conducted campus interviews at the Muthukur Fisheries College. Four students were selected during the current round.
55MT of power grade coal meant for thermal power stations is being unloaded from an Indonesian cargo ship at Krishnapatnam, Nellore. Two other ships have anchored to unload 6.4MT palm oil and 66MT of urea fertilizer. 32.7 MT of corn is being exported through a Hongkong liner.
Second phase works on Krishna Patnam port are progressing rapidly. New berths are being built at an estimated cost of Rs 4,000 crores. Nine berths had been built so far in the first phase by spending about Rs 3,000 crore. Another six berths will be built in the next one year. When all the 42 berths are completed, as planned, Krishna Patnam port would become the largest port in the Asian continent.
So far 930 ships anchored at Krishna Patnam port where iron ore and granite are the primary exports where as coal, crude palm oil, fertilizers, non-refined sugar and gypsum are the primary imports. With about 20,000 MW coal based thermal power plants coming up in the Nellore region, coal is bound to be the mainstay for the port. It is estimated that more than 500 Kg of coal is required per hour per MW taking the total requirement to an astonishing 10,000 tonnes per hour or 240,000 tonnes per day.
Four palm oil refineries have come up in the near by Muthukur region along with a packaging industry. These refineries have so far imported about 600,000 tonnes of crude palm oil for processing and packing. Another 15 refineries are slated to be setup in the near future.
The railway line from the port to Venkatachala Satram junction on the Chennai-Kolkata main line is almost complete. Works are underway to extend the line till Cuddapah to facilitate easy transportation of iron ore for exports.
36,500 tonnes of granite stones are being loaded on to Chinese ships destined for Hongkong. 5049 tonnes of crude palmolive oil from Philippines is being unloaded for processing by edible oil refineries in and around Krishna Patnam. 72090 tones of coal from Australia is being unloaded for use in power plants.