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CM lays foundation for Bhogapuram International Airport

Laying the foundation for another greenfield airport in Andhra Pradesh, Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu said that Bhogapuram International Airport will serve the needs of Vizianagaram and Srikakulam districts apart from Visakhapatnam.
 
The airport is being developed under PPP mode will come up on 5,311 acres in and around Bhogapuram in Vizianagaram, including 1,673 acres of government land. The state government plans to complete the phase one of the airport development by December 2020. Andhra Pradesh Airports Development Corporation Limited (APADCL) had earlier increased the estimated investment required for the development of Bhogapuram Airport from Rs. 23 billion to Rs. 42.1 billion.
 
After laying the foundation stone, Chief Minister proceeded to Kapuluppada IT SEZ where he laid the foundation stone for Data Centre Park, being set up by Adani Group. The Adani group signed an agreement with the Government of Andhra Pradesh in the first week of January this year to develop the Rs.70,000 crore project. The Adani Group, which is making a foray into digital space, will support development of the digital and energy infrastructure in the State over a period of 20 years. 
 
The project, completely  backed by renewable energy, is expected to create 1,00,000 direct and indirect jobs. The first phase of the project is expected to be completed in 18 months. As part of the project, submarine communication cables will be laid to connect India with South-East Asian countries. 
 
“The facility will position the State as a data centre hub for the country and Southeast Asia. It will help ensure speedy telecommunication network,” said a government official. It will also be integrated with a cable landing station that will take advantage of the State’s long coastline to help provide the needed global connectivity and redundancy that the country needs to manage its exponential growth of data, he added.
 
Following this, the Chief Minister inaugurated the Asian Paints plant in Rambilli mandal from airport before leaving for Vijayawada. Asian Paints plant was set up at Pudi in Rambilli mandal with an approximate investment of Rs. 1,785 crore over 20 years. The Government of Andhra Pradesh and Asian Paints signed a memorandum of understanding in 2015 to set up the manufacturing facility for paints and intermediates.The state government has offered incentives for the plant including reimbursement of 100 per cent Gross VAT/State Goods and Services Tax (SGST) for 12 years starting from the date of commercial production.
 
Iconic Millennium Tower in Vizag inaugurated
 
The iconic IT Millennium Tower at Madhurawada in Vizag was today inaugurated by Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu. The 7-storeyed iconic Millennium Tower has been constructed at a cost of Rs.145 crore at Madhurawada Hill No 3. Conduit In the first phase, it will provide jobs to 1,600  and within one year, 4,500 would be employed. 
 
The tower will have 2 lakh square feet office space and has been built by AP Information Technology and Communications department on a 4-acre site. Minister for IT and Panchayat Raj, Nara Lokesh, also attended the event and stated that the Millennium Tower will house many companies in the days ahead. 

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