Visakhapatnam - Chennai Industrial Corridor
The master planning of two nodes of Visakhapatnam-Chennai Industrial Corridor (VCIC) is underway namely (i) Visakhapatnam and (ii) Yerpedu-Srikalahasti. This information was given by the Minister of State of Commerce and Industry, C. R. Chaudhary, in a written reply in the Lok Sabha.
After completion of master planning, detailed preliminary engineering and approval of National Industrial Corridor Development and Implementation Trust (NICDIT) Government of India releases funds for projects for the development of industrial corridors.
Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved US $631 million, in loans and grants, for VCIC, comprising a Multi-tranche Financing Facility as follows:
1. US $500 million two-tranche MFF to build key infrastructure
2. US $125 million two-tranche Policy Based Loan (PBL) to support policy reforms and institutional development in the state
3. US $5 million grant from the multi-donor Urban Climate Change Resilience Trust Fund (UCCRTF) to build climate change-resilient infrastructure in Visakhapatnam
4. US $1 million technical assistance to help the Andhra Pradesh Government implement policy reforms
Four nodes namely: Visakhapatnam, Kakinada, Kankipadu-Gannavaram and Yerpedu-Srikalahasti of Andhra Pradesh, have been identified for development in Vishakhapatnam-Chennai Industrial Corridor (VCIC) on the basis of Conceptual Development Plan (CDP) prepared by ADB.