Indian-Americans adopt over 2400 villages in Andhra Pradesh


WASHINGTON: Several Indian-Americans have decided to adopt more than 2400 villages in Andhra Pradesh as part of ‘Smart Village-Smart Ward’ programme which aims at comprehensive development of the areas.

Nara Lokesh, Telugu Desam Party leader and son of Andhra Pradesh (AP) Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, met several Indian-Americans in Los Angeles, San Jose, Chicago, New York, New Jersey, Washington, Portland and Dallas, and asked them to invest in the villages in AP.

Impressed by the idea of ‘Smart Village-Smart Ward’, several Indian-Americans have decided to adopt more than 2417 villages in AP, the visiting leader said.

He met assistant secretary of commerce Arun Kumar and discussed the smart city project in particular that of Visakhapatnam, a media statement said yesterday.

“The day is not far when AP will become a formidable force that will set new precedents in the nation,” Lokesh said while addressing the NRI Telugu community here.

“I explained the immense potential our state presented as an investment destination and requested his support in making AP a manufacturing hub,” he said.

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