Adopt one village, make it smart

  • CM Naidu asks NRI, PIOs
  • Work as a btidge between India, World
  • Largest bouquet on offer in AP
  • We will be one of top 3 promising states by 2020

Hyderabad, January 10: AP Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu today exhorted Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) and Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs) to adopt one village each as part of AP government’s flagship “Smart Village” program.

Speaking at Pravasi Bharatiya Divas in Gujarat on Friday, Chandrababu Naidu said NRIs serve as bridges by providing access to markets, sources of investment, expertise, knowledge and technology. “AP has a large number of NRIs and they can be part of the State’s development process”, he said, adding that AP would attract $20,000 to 30,000 million investment in the next decade and has a massive potential for PPP investments. “We also have plans to develop the world’s largest ring road – 180 km at $5,000 million,” he added.

Chandrababu said Andhra Pradesh offers a large bouquet of opportunities for investments in the infrastructure sector and added that Single-Desk System will prove advantageous for industries. “To give an impetus to various sectors, we are also bringing out a port policy, textile policy, Agro-processing policy and so on. By 2022, our aim is to make Andhra Pradesh one of the top three performing States in India”, he said. According to him, the State will use seven missions, five grids and five campaigns to achieve this goal.

The Chief Minister explained that Andhra Pradesh is ideally poised for river-linking because of abundant water from the Godavari, the Krishna, the Penna and the Vamsadhara. “We will drought-proof the State in five years”, he said. “With a land bank of 400,000 hectares, world-class capital city where Singapore and Japan are working with us, we are planning to give 20 mbps to all households. By making 24X7 Power available, we will build best ports, airports and cities,” he added. (NSS)

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