ANANTAPUR: Hopes for progress on long pending proposal for a steel factory in Kadapa district have risen following the ongoing protests in Lok Sabha by MPs. As part of the post bifurcation packages, Kadapa Steel plant has priority.
Mecon experts task force team was to submit fresh survey report over feasibilities of techno economics for the proposed steel plant in Kadapa district after the first report by Vizag-based team ruled out the possibilities two years ago. The task force team led by project manager Kumar Rajan, lay out and logistics expert V.S. Rajan, mines expert Anand and hydro expert Sasibhushan had recently inspected Kambaladinne, Koppari areas in Kadapa district. The team interacted with locals over existing facilities of railway line and airport authorities.
Sources said the task force team collected all inputs from the district officials and state government and were supposed to submit report at the earliest. "We hope the team would submit positive report following the ongoing agitation in Parliament as already four years have passed," a senior official observed.
Steel Plant Sadhana Samithi chairman Praveenkumar Reddy stressed the need to get clarity over pending issue which was listed in post-bifurcation promises.
"We would take up more agitations till the foundation for the industry in the district because the district has all necessary facilities along with minerals for the proposed industry,” he briefed.
Union steel minister Chaudhary Birender Singh, during recent meeting with state government representatives, had assured to speed up the process.
As part of the AP Reorganisation Act 2014, an integrated steel plant was promised at Bayyaram in Khammam district of Telangana and at Kadapa district in AP. Based on final report from Mecon, the government will either encourage PSUs or private sector companies to set up the steel plant in Kadapa.