Hyderabad: The State government, in a pioneering initiative, would be implementing the best techniques available across the world to tackle industrial effluents in the proposed Pharma City.
The State government gave the assurance during a public hearing on the mega project at Meddipally village, Yacharam mandal in Rangareddy district on Wednesday. “There is no need for farmers and villagers to have any apprehensions on this count,” Rangareddy district collector M Raghunadahan Rao said in his introductory address. The public hearing was conducted to elicit public opinion on the establishment of the state-of-the-art Pharma City on a sprawling 19,333 acre campus covering 12 villages.
For the first phase of the project, the State government has already acquired around 6,900 acres of which 6,000 acres are assigned lands. Raghunadahan Rao also assured the villagers who had parted with land for the project that work would begin only after they are paid the entire compensation amount. “Besides, it was made very clear to the industrialists setting up units in Pharma City that they should provide employment to the locals, and this was done in the presence of Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao. A skill development training centre would also come up in Pharma City to provide training to villagers before providing them employment in industries,” he said.
Explaining the salient features of the ambitious project, Telangana State Industrial and Infrastructure Corporation (TSIIC) MD M Narasimha Reddy said Pharma City would undoubtedly be the best in the category in the world. “The State government, after visiting and studying such projects in Singapore, USA, China and Europe, was developing top-of-the-shelf effluent treatment plants. The TSIIC has roped in Surbana Jurong, a Singapore-based firm, to design the Pharma City in such a way that not a single village or house is displaced,” He said, adding that lakes and forest cover in the are would be conserved and protected.
The TSIIC MD also made it clear that the government was not acquiring any fertile land and that only land that give low yields were being acquired.
Legislators Manchireddy Kishan Reddy, Teegala Krishna Reddy, Legislative Council member Kasireddy Narayan Reddy and Karne Prabhakar lauded the project and requested the district collector to look into the compensation aspect and ensure that all farmers get their due compensation. They too assured job opportunities to all the 10,000 families living in 12 villages besides providing top class infrastructure in these villages.