HYDERABAD: The Chennai ecological disaster has begun to cast its long shadow on Amaravati, the new capital of Andhra Pradesh. Experts are now beginning to think that after all it was not a great idea to locate the new capital in the delta region.
Rethink on Amaravati?
Fallout of Chennai deluge
New Delhi: Will the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) relook into the environmental clearances given to the proposed capital of Andhra Pradesh, Amaravati, coming up on the banks of Krishna river in view of the Chennai disaster now?
This question is making rounds in the capital with some sections waking up to the potential disaster of such plans following the inundation of Chennai.
Ministry sources point out similarities in comparison and do not rule out a similar situation arising in future in Amaravati, too. The fact that fertile lands are a part of the proposed Capital Region Development Authority area does not augur well for Amaravati, the clearances for which were secured under mysterious circumstances without proper “methods”, officials pointed out. “Political pressure was the key to accord clearances in view of Prime Minister’s presence at the foundation-laying ceremony of Amaravati. The rest is up to the powers that be”, they say.
What is worrying the ministry is the fact that Amaravati could be sitting on a powder keg as going by the plans of the CRDA of the AP government out of 217 sqkm, 127 sqkm was fertile agriculture land and 30-40 per cent of the area was in the river basin itself. The officials are now worried that this could lead to Chennai like situation in future.
“Again, as per the master plan in all 5.99 lakh hectares of fertile land were there in the proposed capital area of 7450 sqkm and if the area was converted into a concrete jungle, would it become another floating city like Chennai” officials wonder.