Stone Park to come up in Vizag | Vizag News

A first-of-its-kind in the country a stone park is about to come up in the city of destiny. Stone Park is an industrial cluster of stone-based factories.

Vizag is a place of huge reserves of stones and semi-precious stones like Indian labradorite, Srikakulam blue granite, Kashmir white granite, blue paradise, white galaxy, flash blue, Deccan brown, cat's eye, tiger black, etc., has made Visakhapatnam an ideal spot for setting up the stone park.

The feasibility of airport and port facilities as well added to the government’s keen interest in setting up the park to attract global investors.

The project is being taken up by the state government in collaboration with the Coastal AP Stone Park India Limited (CASPIL). On the order of the state government, AP Industrial Infrastructure Corporation (APIIC) has identified 135 acres of land at Gali Bhimavaram in Chodavaram mandal.

The land allotment proposal will come in the next cabinet meeting of the state government. Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu, when got to know about the importance of stone parks, has asked the authorities to draw up a Memorandum of Understanding at the CII summit 2017.

Stone parks are quite famous in countries like Taiwan, China, and Germany. The stone park which is about to come up in the city will create 5,000 indirect and 1,500 direct jobs. Nearly 35-40 factories will come up in the stone park. They will produce tiles, decorative stone items among others.

Nearly 30% of the state's stones are produced by the north coastal districts. Lack of proper stone processing units and infrastructure, people are traveling 1,500-1,700kms from north coastal Andhra Pradesh to Hosur in Tamil Nadu to get the stones processed.

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