TS wants to diversify industrial growth
- Identifies corridors and clusters
Hyderabad: Stressing the importance of not confining industrial growth to one area, Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao has suggested the need for convening an all-party meeting with concerned officials to discuss threadbare and come out with a comprehensive plan.
Intervening during the Question Hour in the State Assembly on Friday, the Chief Minister agreed with views expressed by BJP member G. Kishen Reddy for expanding the industrial growth to other areas like in and around Warangal, which is the second biggest city after Hyderabad in the State. Keeping this in view, the State government has formulated an industrial policy for setting up industries not only in and around Hyderabad but also in places like Warangal, Medak, RR District, Mahabubnagar, etc.
KCR pointed out that there was great scope for developing pharmaceutical industries as Telangana State could cater to 40 to 45 percent of drug production. He regretted that though Hussainsagar is a beautiful lake in the city, it has now become a stinking lake due to release of chemical effluents from pharma units in Jeedimetla, despite setting up treatment plants. A team of senior officials has gone abroad to study how to check industrial and chemical pollution hazards.
Keeping in view the proposed industrial development in and around Hyderabad and Warangal, the Chief Minister said the State government succeeded in getting sanction from the Central government for taking up a regional ring road of 330 km. Since the government’s intention was to ensure that industrial growth should be all round and not confined to one particular area, the Chief Minister suggested to the IT Minister KT Rama Rao to convene an all-party meeting to seek suggestions in this regard.
Earlier, replying to a main question on promotion of industrial corridors, KTR said that in addition to the National Investment Manufacturing Zone ( NIMZ), Medak and Hyderabad Pharma City (HPC), the State government was examining setting up of industrial clusters especially on the Hyderabad-Warangal route. The Central government was also requested to include Hyderabad-Warangal Corridor in the recently approved National Investment Corridor Development and Implementation Trust (NICDIT).
The IT and Industries Minister further disclosed that three clusters were proposed on Hyderabad-Warangal Industrial Corridor. The cluster-wise details of industries like to be established are: (1) Yadadri Cluster : IT/ITES, Medical Hub, mineral-based industries, dry port – logistics hub and transportation hub (2) Jangaon Cluster: mineral-based industries, food processing units and leather- based industries (3) Warangal Cluster: IT/ITES, textile park, agro-based industries and institutional/educational cluster.
KTR said that a mega textile park (Kakatiya Textile Park) would come up in Warangal on 1200 acres at an estimated cost of Rs.10,000 crores. Once completed, the textile park would create nearly one lakh jobs. With the concept of fiber to fabric, the apparel units coming up in the textile park would provide adequate job opportunities for women. –NSS