Japan, a long-time associate with Andhra in developing several power plants, has assured the government to develop three new power plants and to make the new capital to be set up in Vijayawada-Guntur region as a smart city.
A high-level Japanese delegation on Wednesday met Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu in Hyderabad and expressed willingness to transfer high-technology in agriculture and food processing sectors, cold chains and food parks.
The delegation consisting of representatives from five key Japanese economic organizations — Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO), Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC), New Energy and Industrial Technology Development (NEDO) and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), met Naidu prior to his visit to Japan next month.
The three power projects under consideration include a 4,000 MW thermal power in Visakhapatnam, 4,000 MW thermal power in Srikakulam and 2,000 MW solar power in Anantapur.
A joint working group has been constituted including heads from industry, infrastructure, energy, information technology and agriculture departments, Member of Parliament Y. Satyanarayana Chowdary and state’s special representative in Delhi K. Rammohan Rao, said a statement from the chief minister’s office.
The delegation also discussed their cooperation in Delhi-Mumbai dedicated freight corridor and Bangalore-Chennai Industrial Corridor. The delegation said it would meet officials from 100 companies in New Delhi next month and wanted a representation from Andhra Pradesh as a prelude to the chief minister’s visit.