The Minister for IT and Industries K T Rama Rao on Wednesday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Delhi and sought support of the Centre for setting up the proposed steel plant at Bayyaram in the erstwhile Khammam district and the Information Technology Investment Region (ITIR) in Hyderabad.
His meeting with the Prime Minister is viewed as a follow up to the interaction Chief minister K Chandrashar Rao had with Modi on issues pertaining to the State on June 15.Later talking to media persons, KT Rama Rao said that the Prime Minster, during his meeting with KCR, had asked for more information on the ITIR and Bayyaram Steel plant.
Rama Rao said that the detailed note on the two pending projects was submitted to the Prime Minister. The Bayyaram steel plant was one of the commitments given to the State as part of the State bifurcation promises.
No headway could be made on the ITIR so far. The State, which had already made rapid strides in IT sector, would be able to make further progress, provided the Centre had extended the much needed support for setting up the ITIR. So far the proposal for steel plant at Bayyaram is concerned, the state is prepared to share 50 per cent of the cost of the slurry pipeline and the railway line (between Bayyaram and Bailadilla).
If the ferrous content in the iron ore available at Bayyaram is less, we can obtain it from Bailadilla in Chhattisgarh which only 180 kms away from Bayyaram. Even the Vizag Steel Plant gets its iron ore from Bailadilla. He hoped that the Centre would support the state on the two projects, which are part of the ten issues represented by the Chief Minister to the Prime Minister.
The Centre would be helping the State in creating employment for 10,000 to 15,000 youths in the tribal pocket by setting up the Bayyaram steel plant. State would be thankful to the SAIL if it came forward to set up the Bayyaram plant on its own. Even otherwise, the State would not back out from its commitment to set up Bayyaram Steel Plant at any cost, he asserted