Capital blues affecting Chandrababu dreams?

Capital blues affecting Chandrababu dreams?

Can the Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu achieve the dreams he had promised the people of Seemandhra that he would build a new capital, ala Singapore, for them, after the bifurcation of the state. At least, he had said, he would recreate Hyderabad, the joint capital shared by Telangana and Andhra Pradesh for the next ten years. But that may not be possible.

'I have developed Hyderabad and no one can deny that. I will build a new capital that can compare with Singapore,' Mr Naidu had boasted repeatedly but righjt now he was in a fix as he may not be able to create another Hyderabad in bifurcated Andhra Pradesh as neither land nor money seems to be available for the ambitious project.

The K Sivaramakrishnan Expert Committee, entrusted with the task of searching for a new capital city, has recommended against building a single super city. The panel has suggested decentralized development in multiple locations for most of the 192 offices and departments under the gov now in Hyderabad Meanwhile, virtually every governmen building in Hyderabad is currently under dispute between the governments of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh

'It is not necessary to concentrate all the government offices in one location. Why should ports or fisheries have its office in dry Anantapur, for instance, instead of near the coast? We have recommended a statewide development plan with 13-14 main locations and 3-4 big cities that will provide opportunities for growth to various cities like Vizag, Tirupati and Rayalaseema,' says Sivaramakrishnan.

The state government had almost finalized the region between Vijayawada and Guntur in the coastal belt of the state as the location for its new capital. But the prospective decision had led to whopping land prices and non-availability of contiguous land acquisition prohibitively expensive.

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