They are acquiring agricultural land almost free of cost promising an illusory rise which is worse than a chit fund scheme.
When I went there on a fact-finding mission, we found that one third of the land they plan to acquire is the best agricultural land in the country.
MG Devasahayam, a retired IAS officer and the man who was in charge of planning Chandigarh, was in Andhra Pradesh recently leading a fact finding team of the National Alliance of People’s Movements, NAPM, to 29 villages in the state’s new proposed capital region.
The team met with affected farmers and agricultural labourers, local body representatives, leaders of farmer unions and local activists of community-based organisations.
The committee also heard the views of farmer union leaders, political party representatives and civil society groups.
Why do you think they have brought all the planning experts from Singapore?
I think it is a major black money transaction that is happening from Singapore. Today, Singapore is one of the black money havens in the world. The earlier havens have vanished and they are replaced by some of the Middle East countries and Singapore.
The entire thing is controlled by black money, the real estate mafia and they are dealing with one of the most beautiful river fronts and highly fertile land.