Progress happens, but there is always the reading between the lines. The state of Andhra Pradesh is getting ready to lay the foundation stone for Bhogapuram Greenfield International Airport in Vizianagaram. Similarly, efforts are on for the ground-breaking ceremony at Ramayapatnam Port in the Prakasam district. These apart, nine fishing harbors dotting the coastline have been completed, and some are nearing completion.
Thanks to all these developments, the state of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana are working on good connectivity to other ports through the coastal corridor and industrial corridors in order to provide a multi-modal transport ecosystem in the two states.
According to a senior official in Vizag port, both Telangana and Andhra Pradesh could benefit by pushing the boundaries to unleash a series of activities to engage in export activities, not limited to agricultural products, through aviation and maritime routes.
However, it has to be noted that there are no dedicated courses for aviation and maritime studies and skill development programs to provide the much-needed technical and non-technical skills to seize the opportunities that come with the development of a multi-modal transport system.
But it has to be noted that the Nalsar University of Law in Hyderabad is one place that offers legal education in both aviation and maritime, while there are no such programs in AP.
Hence skilled people from the states of Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, West Bengal, and Kerala are being preferred for airport and port management.
Since the works are in progress, it would be sensible if the Telangana government takes immediate steps to bridge the gap between demand and supply by introducing the necessary courses with an emphasis on skill development.