Union Home Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla. (Twitter)
Vijayawada: Union Home Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla has promised the support from the Centre to resolve all pending issues between AP and TS amicably.
The secretary reviewed several pending issues between the two states following bifurcation of erstwhile Andhra Pradesh, in a virtual meet with chief secretaries from AP and TS, Sameer Sharma and Somesh Kumar and other officials virtually on Wednesday.
A review was held on 10 bilateral issues, eight projects and several other issues including those incorporated in Schedule IX and X of the AP Reorganisation Act, 2014. Issues like AP State Financial Corporation, Singareni Collieries Company and its subsidiary AP Heavy Machinery and Engineering, AP Bhavan and also tax arrears and refund as mentioned in section 50, 51 and 56 of split act, institutions which were not listed in the Act, division of cash balance and bank deposits and power arrears due from Telangana Discom to AP Genco were discussed in the meeting.
AP CS called for release of resource gap related pending funds due to AP for 2014-15 and also funds for execution of the Polavaram project and explained about the need to set up a greenfield crude oil refinery and petrochemical complex in the state. He also sought central support to set up a steel plant at Kadapa, raising of APO arts at Visakhapatnam, Vijayawada and Tirupati to international standards. He called for development of Ramayapatnam port instead of Duggarajupatnam port and also Visakhapatnam-Chennai industrial corridor and release of the tax dues to AP from the Centre.