As we know Surbana International Consultants and Jurong International have been named as the master planners for the new capital city that will be built near Amaravati. The above two consultants have also prepared a draft master plan for industrial development clusters around the capital city. The draft plans identified clusters as represented in the following image.
( as submitted by Surbana and Jurong of Singapore)
Now a closer look at the above raises some questions. While some locations have inherent advantages and a history of business in the planned sectors, some other have no traction in the assigned sectors.
Locations which are synergetic with the specifies sectors
- Amaravati – Tourism hub: Well assigned. No questions asked.
- Sattenapalle – Heavy industries hub: Sattenapalle in the Palnadu area of Guntur district is bordering Nalgonda district of Telangana. This area is rich in minerals, lime stone etc and already has cement plants. So besides attracting fresh investments, it can also cannibalize some investments which otherwise would have gone to Nalgonda.
- Guntur – Agro processing and Textiles: Guntur is already known for cotton, mirchi and tobacco. It is also close to the Krishna, Godavari belts which are rich in agriculture. There is a plan to develop Yedlapadu on the National highway close to Guntur as a textile hub. Vijayawada is also going to get a NIFT ( National institute of Fashion Tech) and a (NID) National Institute of Design shortly. So Guntur’s location fits in the plan.
- Gudivada – Agri hub and Logistics: Gudivada-Bhimavaram stretch is the aqua / marine /fisheries centre of Andhra. It routines sends thousands of truck loads of fish to Eastern India. Gudivada is also a transport hub since long. Hence a good fit for the above sectors.
Locations which ‘may not make sense’ for the specified sectors
- Vijayawada – Auto / IT / Electronics: True, Vijayawada has a big Autonagar. But it is only a trading centre with no manufacturing at all. Besides that, Nellore -Sri city – Krishnapatnam belt is now fast developing as the auto manufacturing cluster with the likes of Isuzu, Hero etc already being there and likes of TVS forgings planning new investments. Vijayawada does not have any IT sector too and with Vizag being seen as the better destination within the new AP, Vijayawada may not stand a chance.
- Gannavaram – Auto / IT / Aerospace: Medha IT park was built here but could not attract any companies. The airport is too small and even after expanding will still be a toy airport. The above sectors may not take off in Gannavaram even after the best of efforts.
- Tenali – Manufacturing, Textiles, Metal and minerals : Out of all the above locations, Tenali being the greenest agricultural delta region may not see any industrial development for many years to come. A complete misfit for any of the above sectors.
- Nuziveedu – Rubber and fabrication: I can not understand what they mean by rubber here. But higher uplands of AP after Nuziveedu bordering Khammam district may be able to attract some fabrication industry if Bayyaram in Khammam district can get a steel plant. But without that, there is no sense in this place trying to attract these industries here.
That said, Surbana and Jurong, being the international masterminds in their business, may have some thinking up their sleeves which we still do not know. That aside, the first glance gives us only the above impression.