26-11-201926-11-2019 12:46:29 IST
2019-11-26T07:16:29.390Z26-11-2019 2019-11-26T07:16:26.239Z - - 10-04-2020
Amidst uncertainty over Amaravati's future as Andhra Pradesh's capital and big-league investors pulling out of the region, leader of opposition Chandrababu Naidu has announced that he will tour the region and meet the locals. The purpose of Naidu's visit is to highlight the lack of development and stalled projects in the capital region since YSRCP came to power in May.
The TDP chief's decision comes weeks after Singapore Consortium had pulled out from various projects in Amaravati. Naidu has often in past criticised Chief Minister Jaganmohan Reddy of neglecting Amaravati and doing grave injustice to the farmers who pooled in around 33,000 acres of land in the region for the sake of the capital city development.
Days after Singapore Consortium walked out of Amaravati, a group of farmers moved to the high court seeking justice and return of the lands.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Jaganmohan Reddy at a review meeting on the capital city development directed the officials to speed up the works while at the same time being frugal. Jagan asked the officials to keep in mind the economic condition of the state and avoid unnecessary expenses. The government will also be developing plots for the farmers who had donated their lands to the government during the TDP regime.
The YSRCP government is also mulling over going for reverse tendering for projects which are not yet near completion to reduce expenses. In a similar move, Jagan had called for reverse tendering of the prestigious Polavaram Project and claimed that the move saved the state Rs 780 crores.
Earlier in the day, Urban Development Minister Botsa Satyanarayana had questioned the works done by Naidu during his term. Botsa further claimed that only five per cent works were done in Amaravati during the TDP regime.
"The budget for the development of capital has been estimated to be Rs 1.9 lakh crore but only Rs 4,900 crore has been spent," said Satyanarayana and alleged that Naidu turned the capital city into a graveyard.
"Farmers should question Chandrababu on development when he visits Amaravati," the Minister said. He further assured the farmers that nothing will happen to their lands and that all the promises made under as per the government orders will be followed.
The YSRCP government has also claimed that during the TDP regime, the capital regions saw massive levels of 'institutionalised corruption' and further added that a number of contracts were awarded to the TDP members and their relatives.
To probe into the corruption and misallocation of funds, the Jaganmohan Reddy government had planned to probe each and every transaction, MoUs, tenders and contracts and even set up an expert panel to check the same. The government also stated that the future of capital will be decided after further deliberations and also sought suggestions from people.
Botsa had earlier said after the receipt of the panel's report the government would decide whether to go ahead with Amaravati as the state capital or look for another location.
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