Hyderabad: Pharma City, the biggest pharma manufacturing cluster in the making, will be ready shortly. The State Government has so far acquired about 10,000 acre and another 2,000 acre will be acquired shortly, said Industries Minister KT Rama Rao.
Speaking at the five year celebrations of TSiPASS, the brainchild of Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao to give the required permissions and approvals to industries through a single window in the time-bound manner, he said that the mega cluster will aid in cutting the manufacturing costs for the pharma industries as the latter will be able to reap the benefits of scale.
A lot of infrastructure including a common effluent treatment plant, will be created at the cluster for the use of industries on a pay-per-use basis. The cluster format will ensure that there is no duplication in terms of infrastructure.
Even though the project is taking shape, there have been some reservations expressed by the locals about pollution and its impact on the environment. The reservations are a result of the past bad experiences with industries, KTR said adding that a few unscrupulous elements had discharged their effluents directly into the ground or into the common nalas instead of the designated chemical nalla. This damaged the quality of ground water. The number of vehicles in Telangana were 70lakh and five years ago that number has increased by about 50 lakh ( a bulk of them have added in Hyderabad) to take the total to 1.2 crore vehicles, he said stressing the need for sustainable measures across sectors.
Dandumalkapur green industrial park
The SME Industrial Park at Dandumalkapur, taken up together with Telangana Industries Federation, is a successful model of partnership between the Government and industry. The industrial park is now in about 440 acre and this is likely to fetch investments of about Rs 1,550 crore and create about 35,000 jobs.
Seeing the demand for land, the Government has agreed to increase it to about 2,000 acre in phases. Land acquisition, in the wake of revised norms is becoming a difficult task but Telangana Government will continue to pursue it mainly due to the employment generation potential the industries have, KTR said.
The Minister asked the industries body to take up an integrated township project with in the cluster. A Chinese delegation that interacted with us sought 100 acre. They have plans to include an integrated township complete with a school, college, hospital and other social infra within the industrial project. This will keep the employees closer to their work place, he said.
The State is in favour of both big industries, whose scale matter, and small and medium enterprises, which create more employment, KTR said.
Industrialists in the undivided Andhra Pradesh found themselves protesting seeking supply of quality power. The Telangana Government changed the precarious situation, in which industries were closed for two days a week due to power shortage, within six months. Now, it is the only State to provide near uninterrupted power to households, farmers and industries.
The State also successfully fought the propaganda that Telangana will not be in a position to attract new investments and the existing ones too will leave.
In over four decades of its existence, the APIIC, then the nodal body for allotting lands to industries, could acquire just about 30,000 acre. Now, the Telangana boasts a land bank of about 1.5 lakh acre. The infrastructure is being created in a partnership model with the industries and other stakeholders, said KTR.
The Minister presented a cheque of Rs 305 crore to SC/ST entrepreneurs under T-Pride. He said the State is giving subsidies mainly due to the employment generation happening through the industries.
A dry port is needed for the landlocked State of Telangana. This will boost the trade, said KTR.
TSiPASS eases several processes
A zeal to be different guided the top machinery of the State to work on the now widely used TSiPASS, according to Jayesh Ranjan, Industries Principal Secretary.
He was one of the top officials who worked to give the single window clearance system a shape when Telangana State was formed five years ago.
Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao asked us what we can do lessen the pain of industrialists. We gave some routine answers like we will make it online or we will make it single window clearance. But it was the CM who suggested that approvals should be a time-bound process, he said.
Once introduced, TSiPASS accelerated the process and gradually became the topic of discussion at national and international for a. For instance, Lockheed Martin setup aerospace unit at Adibhatla. Its CEO mentioned that the factory was started in the shortest time of 12 months. Likewise, Micromax took just six months to start their operations. There are many such success stories that we take pride, he said.
Recollecting his days at HMDA, he said he had seen people get supporting documents in gunny bags. Approvals were given after multi-level inspections. They were referred back to the parties if the officials found inconsistencies with the format of the application or with its content and the entire process could take about 10 months then. Now, the entire process is done in a matter of couple of weeks, he said while putting on record the good work being done by district collectors and also officials from 27 departments.
TSiPASS is the heart and soul of industrial policy of Telangana State. It not only provides hassle-free single window clearance but integrates 27 departments and 35 approvals with 1 to 30 days. TSiPASS is the reason for TS toping the ease of doing business ratings. TSiPAss has achieved a brand name and is closely associated with brand Telangana, said Industries Commissioner Ahemd Nadeem
Meanwhile, Labour Minister Ch Malla Reddy, who himself built an entrepreneurial empire starting off by selling milk, spoke about the difficulties he faced earlier visiting multiple departments for approvals and renewals.
Earlier, awards were given to several collectors and groundlevel officials for implementing the TSiPASS.
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