HYDERABAD: The confusion over the location of the new capital of Andhra Pradesh has deepened with chief minister Chandrababu Naidu having second thoughts on the Vijayawada-Guntur-region following a thumbs down from the K C Sivaramakrishnan Committee.
The committee has opposed the idea of locating the new capital in the Vijayawada-Guntur region on the grounds that the state government does not own sufficient land there.
Sources said the Sivaramakrishnan Committee members informed Naidu that it would be highly expensive to develop the capital city between Vijayawada-Guntur as most of the land there belongs to private parties and acquiring it would cost the exchequer Rs 50 lakh per acre. The committee cautioned that relying on the Centre for financial help to develop the capital city would not be correct if previous instances are any indication. During the reorganization of Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, the then NDA government had given only Rs 738 crore to Chhattisgarh, Rs 200 crore to Jharkhand and Rs 438 crore to Uttarakhand for constructing their new capitals.
“The committee made it clear that no government would be able to fund the capital city development which may cost over Rs 1.2 lakh crore as per the AP government estimates,” said a member of the state capital committee. According to him, the Sivaramakrishnan panel suggested to the CM to focus on employment generation which is possible only though industrialization of all districts. “The TDP government should focus on getting more natural gas from the KG basin to boost industrialization of the new state which is likely to face a huge employment crisis due to loss of Hyderabad. This was the advice of the panel,” said the sources.
YSRCP Central Governing Council Member M.V.Mysoora Reddy said that the capital of Andhra Pradesh must be formed at a place which is equidistant and accessible to all parts of the state.
“The TDP government is influencing the Sivaramakrishnan Committee, which was formed to find out the site for the new capital for Andhra Pradesh,” said Mysoora Reddy.
The former minister questioned the intention behind the formation of advising committee when the Sivaramakrishnan Committee was already working on it.
“Are the members of advising committee technical experts in the field?” asked Mysoora Reddy.
He advised the state government to form the capital at a place where the government lands are available in plenty. “The stress should be on providing the basic facilities in the capital,” said Mysoora.
“Formation of the capital on the lines of Singapore and Putrajaya is not possible at a place where private lands are available,” commented the YSRCP leader.
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Leader of the opposition and YSRCP chief YS Jagan Mohan Reddy advised TDP Chief Chandrababu Naidu to build the state capital in a place that is centrally located, has at least 30000 acres of land and has adequate water resources.
Talking to media-persons on Wednesday, he said he did not know why Chandrababu has repeatedly been referring to one particular place to set up the capital. (Also Read: YSRCP begins pro-farmer battle)
He said there would be fissures among the people if the right place is not chosen. “The people would be unhappy if their lands are taken away for road-widening. They would be loosing the prime property. Compensation would be paltry,” he said.
“Even in Krishna and Guntur the government should come up with a location which has at least 30 000 acres of land,”Jagan said. He advised the TDP government to build the capital at a place that is acceptable as well as accessible to all sections and regions.
With the Andhra Pradesh government gearing up to name a new capital between Guntur and Vijayawada, the people of Rayalaseema are preparing to launch a massive movement for a separate state on the day a formal announcement is made.
writers from all Rayalaseema districts led by noted Telugu litterateur Kethu Viswanatha Reddy, who held a meeting in Kadapa town last week, have sent a petition to the state government, demanding the the Sribagh pact be honored under which an agreement was signed between Rayalaseema and coastal Andhra leaders in 1937, spelling out that the new capital will be situated in Rayalaseema.
He said if the AP government decides on the capital to be situated in the Vijayawada-Guntur region, at least a second capital should come up in Rayalaseema. “After a meeting of all Rayalaseema writers, we have sent our demands to chief minister Naidu last week,” he said.
New capital: A. P. bats for Vijayawada-Guntur
The Andhra Pradesh government has pitched for locating the new capital between Vijayawada and Guntur.
The government’s viewpoint was conveyed on Tuesday to K. Sivaramakrishnan, who is heading the committee constituted by the Union Government to identify a suitable place for the new capital. Andhra Pradesh Municipal Administration Minister P. Narayana along with State Government’s Special Representative in Delhi, K. Ram Mohan Rao held discussions on the issues relating to the new capital with Mr. Sivaramakrishnan.
Sources said the state-level committee would formally inform the Sivaramakrishnan Committee that the AP government was in favour of building its capital city between Vijayawada and Guntur as the location was centrally located between Srikakulam and Kurnool, i.e. between Andhra and Rayalaseema.
Though the Sivaramakrishnan Committee has identified multiple locations in Andhra and Rayalaseema that are suitable for setting up the capital, sources said the final decision of deciding the location remained with the state government.
The Andhra Pradesh government clearly seems to have neglected Kurnool, the gateway to Rayalaseema, as far as new projects are concerned.
Farmers in Kurnool district are particularly unhappy over the state government’s proposal to set up south India’s first central agricultural university in Guntur. Instead, they argue, that the varsity should come Nandyal’s (in Kurnool) way, given that it has produced several new varieties of crop, including the hugely popular rice variety: Sona Masuri.
This brand (bangaru teegalu) is consumed by large sections of people in both Andhra Pradesh & Telangana.
New land acquisition Act a hurdle for AP
Eye On Capital, Asks Centre For Amendment
The new land acquisition act, 2013, formulated by the central government has become a stumbling block for the Andhra Pradesh government, which is in need of private land for construction of capital, new industrial corridors and national level institutes of excellence. As a result, the state government is seeking changes in the act and this will delay any major construction activity.
According to officials, if one were to go by the timeframe
mentioned in the new act, the total land acquisition process will take at least four years.