AP offers land for Tata's Titanium refinery, steel projects

A day after his one-on-one interaction with Tata Sons Limited Chairman Ratan Tata here, on the sidelines of the inauguration of Tata Advanced Systems Limited's helicopter cabin manufacturing facility on Sunday, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister K Rosaiah addressed a letter to him offering to allocate required land either near Visakhapatnam or in north coastal Andhra districts of Vizianagaram or Srikakulam for setting up Tata's Titanium refinery.

"Raw material for the refinery is available in the region," Rosaiah told Ratan Tata.
The CM also wanted the Tata Sons Chairman to consider any future expansion of Tata's automotive projects in AP for which "all necessary support will be provided by the government."

Rosaiah recalled that the Tata Group scouted for land for locating their Nano car project near Hyderabad.

"In view of the growing automobile market in India and the increasing market share of Tata cars of various models they might be requested to invest in the automotive sector in the state, either on the outskirts of Hyderabad or any other location as per their choice," the Chief Minister's Office quoted Rosaiah as requesting Ratan Tata.

Similarly, there was a good potential for a steel plant in the state for which suitable site could be allocated in Anantapur or Kadapa districts of Rayalaseema region.

"Since Tata steel project in Orissa is getting delayed, Andhra Pradesh might consider to allot land required for the plant either in Anantapur or Kadapa where suitable land is available with rail connectivity to Bellary iron ore mines and Krishnapatnam port," the CM told Tata.

"In the past we had requested senior functionaries of Tata Chemicals for investments in the petroleum, chemical investment region between Visakhapatnam and Kakinada in our state," the Chief Minister said.

"Contacts were also made in the past for investments in leather sector in Sri Potti Sriramulu Nellore district where we are developing an international leather park with the assistance of Union Ministry of Commerce. We would be grateful if yours could be the anchor industry in this world-class leather processing and manufacturing cluster," he said.

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