AP to Get 5 New Projects Soon: Venkaiah Naidu

BEL’s Rs 300-cr new facility will commence commercial production by 2018 and will manufacture futuristic optical, night vision and soldier surveillance devices. - Sakshi Post

Vijayawada: Union Information and Broadcasting Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said that several new projects would come up in Andhra Pradesh. The Centre is extending total support to AP and the new projects are scheduled to be set up in Machilipatnam, Nagayalanka, Vizianagaram, Anantapur, Chittoor districts.

Venkaiah Naidu said: “A Naval Air Station will soon come up at Bobbili in Vizianagaram district with an investment of Rs 3,266 crore. The projects that would come up in AP include a DRDO Missile Testing Facility at an investment of Rs 1,000 crore at Nagayalanka on the Bay of Bengal coast, a National Open Air Range, which will be a defence systems evaluation centre, at a cost of Rs 500 crore in Kurnool district, and a training centre at an investment of Rs 500 crore in Chittoor district.”

M Venkaiah Naidu, Union Information and Broadcasting Minister

A Naval Air Station will soon come up at Bobbili in Vizianagaram district with an investment of Rs 3,266 crore. The projects that would come up in AP include a DRDO Missile Testing Facility at an investment of Rs 1,000 crore at Nagayalanka on the Bay of Bengal coast, a National Open Air Range, which will be a defence systems evaluation centre, at a cost of Rs 500 crore in Kurnool district, and a training centre at an investment of Rs 500 crore in Chittoor district.

Venkaiah Naidu on Monday laid the foundation stone for the long-delayed Bharat Electronics Limited’s (BEL) new optics manufacturing facility at Nimmaluru village. Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu was also participated in the ground-breaking ceremony.
BEL, which has a similar facility in Machilipatnam town, has planned another 50-acre site for expansion of its activity and made a request to the state government way back in 2008.

After clearing several hurdles, the state government finally allotted the required land to BEL in April this year. This will be the largest night vision equipment manufacturing facility in the country. BEL will manufacture futuristic optical, night vision and soldier surveillance devices at a cost of Rs 300 crore at the new facility which will be ready by 2018.

If the Centre places orders, the project could be further expanded with an investment of Rs 1,000 crore. The Centre has sanctioned defence projects worth Rs 6,600 crore for Andhra Pradesh in the last two years. BEL is setting up a Defence Systems Integration Complex in Anantapuramu district at a cost of Rs 650 crore. This could be scaled up to Rs 900 crore.

Addressing a public meeting on the occasion, Venkaiah Naidu said: “If the Centre places orders, the project could be further expanded with an investment of Rs 1,000 crore. The Centre has sanctioned defence projects worth Rs 6,600 crore for Andhra Pradesh in the last two years.”
BEL is setting up a Defence Systems Integration Complex in Anantapuramu district at a cost of Rs 650 crore. “This could be scaled up to Rs 900 crore,” he said.

Union Minister of State for Science and Technology Y Satyanarayana Chowdary, Machilipatnam MP K Narayana Rao and others attended the event.

Anandi Ramalingam has assumed charge as Whole-Time Director at Bharat Electronics Limited. She was on board looking after marketing since September 16, 2016.

Source: PTI

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