Visakhapatnam: The Andhra Pradesh Industrial Infrastructure Corporation (APIIC) is planning to take up development of the electronic manufacturing cluster (EMC) at Gurrampalem near Pendurthi soon as it has received the consent for the same from the AP Pollution Control Board.
According to APIIC sources, the centre had granted in-principal approval to the EMC about three months ago. “The approval of the APPCB was received three days ago. Now, we will approached the Visakhapatnam Urban Development Authority (Vuda) for approval of layouts to be developed in the cluster,” sources said.
An APIIC official said apart from the development of layouts, VUDA should give clearance for providing roads, power and water to the EMC. “The plots will be developed into areas of 1, 2 and 5 acres and interested companies may utilise the facilities at the cluster,” he said.
In all, the EMC will have around 35-40 plots. Around 60 acres of the cluster will be developed into plots and the remaining 40% will be open space and utilised for common utilities.
Sources said the detailed project report for EMC has already been prepared and it will mainly be used for assembling mobile phones. Also, the consent for establishment has been issued for work of non-polluting nature at the Gurrampalem EMC.
According to information available on the department of electronics and information technology (Deity) website, the estimated cost of the Gurrampalem EMC is around Rs 63.46 crore for which a grant-in-aid of Rs 32.86 crore has been sought from the Centre.
Meanwhile, at a recent review meeting, the district administration had stated that the original proposal by the APIIC for the EMC was 98 acres, But the district administration had earmarked 128 acres in total for the cluster. The extra 50 acres is earmarked for high-end IT purposes while the remaining area is to be utilised for the electronics sector. District administration sources said the land had been handed over to the APIIC for providing requisite infrastructure at the proposed EMC in the city.
“The AP government needs to aggressively market Vizag as a destination for IT and electronics if we want some investments to flow into the city. We need to showcase the advantages that Vizag can offer for electronics manufacturing, which has not been done until now,” observed an industry executive. He said, “It has been more than two years now since this proposal came up, but nothing much has happened until now. ”