The port corridor coming up between Vodarevu and Nizampatnam at a cost of Rs 16,500 crore was going to be one of its kind in the country, he said and added that it would generate employment in the district. The Government would leave no stone unturned for the welfare of the displaced people, the MP promised.
The district administration has geared up to acquire 9,000 acres of land for the proposed port and shipyard between Vodarevu and Motupalli in Prakasam district in the next four months.
Officials are acquiring the land in four villages – Motupalli, Chinaganjam, Nayanipalli and Pullaripalem – in Chinaganjam and Vetapalem mandals in the district.
While 50 per cent of the extent is assigned land, forest land constitutes 1,500 acres. So, the officials’ task has been cut out to acquire private land of only 3,000 acres.
The Vodarevu and Nizampatnam Industrial Corridor (VANPIC) project is aimed at changing the fortunes of the district by giving a boost to industrial and commercial activity, providing employment to several youth directly or indirectly.
After examining the coast, they finally chose to locate the port between Vodarevu and Nizampatnam.
A memorandum of understanding (MoU) has been signed with Rasool Al Khima of the United Arab Emirates to construct the port between Vodarevu and Motupalli.
Matrix Company was authorised to acquire the land by making payments on the spot to farmers and fishermen losing their land and take steps for their rehabilitation.
Shipyard authorities too entered into an understanding with the State government, which agreed to provide land as its equity.
A mega power project has been included as part of infrastructure development at the location.
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