Visakhapatnam: An interactive meeting to discuss the pending projects which need to be completed for the development of the city as well as the state was held in Vizag on Tuesday. The session was presided over by Dr K Haribabu, national executive member of the BJP and other Rajya Sabha MPs including YS Chowdary and TG Venkatesh.
The interactive meeting was jointly organised by the VDC, represented by O Naresh Kumar, AP Chambers of Commerce represented by G Sambasiva Rao, members of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Vizag Chamber of Commerce, Air Travellers’ Association, Tours and Travellers Association and textile merchants among others.
The meeting decided that a representation will be given to IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad seeking the establishment of a centre for the development of advanced computing (CDAC) in the city as well as to pursue the IT incubation centre that had been sanctioned earlier.
Further, another representation will be submitted to the ministry of chemicals and fertilizers for the establishment of NIPER (National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education). An announcement for the same had been made by cabinet minister Ananth Kumar at the CII summit. Attendees however said that no further discussions have been held with regard to its establishment.
The attendees also decided to give a representation to the ministry of science and technology for the setting up of a National Institute of Oceanography. Even though the foundation of the project has been laid, there has been no further progress. Similarly, the biotechnology incubation centre too had been approved to Vizag, but not much has happened since then.
The meeting also discussed the pending railways projects and decided to submit a representation regarding the same to the ministry. With regard to the airport and the port, representations will be made regarding the setting up of a new airport in Vizag and to improve cargo facilities.
Both the Rajya Sabha MPs attending the meet promised to accompany a delegation of representatives from the city to the concerned Union ministers seeking the development of pending projects.