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No 'Greater' for cities in AP'?

26-04-201926-04-2019 15:01:09 IST
2019-04-26T09:31:09.982Z26-04-2019 2019-04-26T09:31:07.054Z - - 03-04-2020

No 'Greater' for cities in AP'?

After being made part of the proposed capital of residuary Andhra Pradesh, lot of hope was developed about Vijayawada, which lies beside the lands acquired for the capital region. 

Though the capital was named as Amaravathi, the police commissionerate of Guntur was merged with Vijayawada for administrative convenience.  This associated with the statements from CM and Municipal Minister resulted in a hype that a greater Vijayawada Municipal Corporation was on the anvil to transform the urban landscape of Vijayawada and its hamlets, which form the major part of the Western side of the Krishna district. At that time government announced the same and proposed the merger of 53 villages lying in Vijayawada, Gannavaram, Penamaluru, Mylavram constituencies. Even Municipal Council of Vijayawada made a resolution to this effect. However, some villages opposed the merger with the corporation and the whole proposal was backtracked. Sources then said that the government would take a decision after the completion of tenure of Panchayats. However, without the implementation of the proposal general elections were completed. The recent orders regarding postponement of the merger of Panchayats till 2022 have put a break on Greater Vijayawada proceedings. 

In a similar manner, Greater Tirupati was also touted with the proposal of merger of villages in Chandragiri, Tirupati Rural, Renigunta, Srikalahasti mandals. 

Even regarding the capital region, the merger of 29 villages with three villages in Tulluru mandal, alongside neighbouring mandals, which was termed as a mega-corporation also finds no address as of now. That much touted Amaravati corporation would have five lacs population, but all the legal and departmental procedures were dropped regarding it. 

Without confining to the capital region, it was publicised that the neighbouring panchayats of every major Panchayat will be merged to form a municipality if the criteria meet. However, nothing happened regarding urbanisation proposals, as they did not come out of the paper. 

Apart from the urbanisation proposals, the tourism plans too were sidelined or conveniently forgotten as River Front tourism turned as just a drawing on water. CM Chandrababu Naidu repeatedly stated that the flood water from the downstream of Prakasham Barrage to Kanakadurgamma Varadhi will be stored for riverfront tourism. That was just part of his announcements. He further stated that the bunds on either side of the Krishna River will be developed to have Boat rides and other water games in the river. However, nothing has been materialised and the proposal of ring roads remained just like a dream for these cities. 

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