The Andhra Pradesh government has submitted a proposal to the Centre for setting up National Investment and Manufacturing Zones (NIMZs) at three places in the state, according to commissioner of industries Rajat Kumar.
“To boost manufacturing activities in the state, we have proposed sites at Zaheerabad in Ranga Reddy district, near the proposed Ramayapatnam port in Prakasam district and in Chittoor. The proposal is under active consideration,” he said on the sidelines of a CII meeting on ‘Promoting exports from AP - a policy framework.’
NIMZs are a part of the central government's vision to create new manufacturing townships across the country on roughly 12,500-acre land.
“Land acquisition has not been done yet. We will see available government and private land, and also acquire if required,” he said.
There are around nine such zones in the northern and western parts of the country as of now.
Another major objective of the zone, he said, was to create urbanisation and new cities on the lines of Noida and Jamshedpur. “In some developed countries, urbanisation is more than 80 per cent, whereas only 33 per cent of India’s population lives in urban areas. NIMZs will help in creating more urbanisation,” he said.
The state is also proposing a framework to collaborate research organisations with the industrial community. “There is a lot of research going on in institutes like Indian Institute of Chemical Technology and National Institute of Nutrition. We want to tap the intellectual property and make them more commercially viable and encourage entrepreneurship,” he said.