Andhra Pradesh [APPSC] Current Affairs - 2020

3 Million Houses will be Built under YSR Jagananna Colonies

The State Government of Andhra Pradesh will take up the construction of 3 Million (30 lakh) houses under the YSR Jagananna Colonies project after distributing the house sites to the beneficiaries on 8th July 2020. Jagananna Colonies is part of the State Government’s Navratnalu- Pedalandariki Illu (houses for all the poor) Program.

YSR Jagananna Colonies Project

For the land acquisition of the colonies, the state government will bear around Rs 10,000 to Rs 11,000 crore. The house sites will be provided at Rs 1 to the selected white Ration Card beneficiaries. The total expenditure for the project including the share of the Central Government is estimated at RS 50,000 crore.

The project will be implemented in two phases with 15 lakh houses being constructed in each phase. Construction for the first phase will begin on 28th August this year while the second phase construction will begin from August 2021. All necessary facilities will be provided in the colonies such as water, connecting roads, electricity, etc. Each house will have a carpet area of 230 square feet. The cost of each house is estimated to be around Rs 1.80 lakh.

The State Government has set a target for completion of the project by 2024.

Apollo Tyres commissions its Andhra Pradesh Manufacturing Plant

As per a 2016 Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the State Government of Andhra Pradesh and Gurugram headquartered Apollo Tyres Limited, the company will set up its new manufacturing unit at Chittoor district of the state. The foundation stone of the manufacturing plant was laid on 9th January 2018 by the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh.

On 25th June 2020, the company has announced the commissioning of the Manufacturing plant that is spread over 256 acres.  Rs 3,800 crores were invested for setting up the state-of-the-art manufacturing facility. Globally, this is the 7th manufacturing unit of Apollo Tyres and the 5th in India.

For setting up the highly automated manufacturing plant that will cater to both domestic and international markets, It took 12 million (1.2 crores) man-hours of construction work, 35 million tonnes of steel used and 1.23 lakh cubic metre of concrete used.

The company has employed around 850 people at present (most hired locally) at its shop floor. The built-up area facility is 2,16,000 square metres. The plant has a modular layout and uses Information Technology-driven systems and robotics.

By 2022, through the manufacturing plant, the company has set a per-day target to roll out 15,000 passenger car tyres and 3,000 truck-bus radials.