Monday, June 26, 2017

Donakonda Aviation project remains a non-starter

Ongole: The sleepy Donakonda village in backward Prakasam district shot into the limelight when Titan Aviation zeroed in on the British-era airstrip for setting up a Rs. 22,000-crore Aviation Special Economic Zone and a greenfield airstrip in 5,500 acres of land.

But a year after the proposal was made by the private player, which has roped in leading firms such as Antonov, Motor Sich & FED, the project in the Donakonda Industrial Corridor remains a non-starter putting paid to the hopes of elite sections to see that the big ticket projects takes off.

It was at the partnership summit in Visakhapatnam in January that the company signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Andhra Pradesh Economic Development Board, set up to facilitate industrial growth in the State.

Since then, no significant progress has been made despite delegations of Tata Aviation officials and their overseas partners making repeated visits to Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu and officials concerned up to the district level, including the District Collector, to make power-point presentations.
26/06/17 S. Murali/The Hindu