Amaravati Farmers file PIL seeking capital development

Even as the Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy government is going ahead with its plans to relocate important offices to the newly proposed executive capital Visakhapatnam, farmers who had part with their fertile lands for capital in Amaravati are trying their best to impress upon the government against the shifting. 

Thousands of farmers along with their family members took out a Maha Padayatra (marathon foot march) on the 20th day of their agitation, on Monday. 

Holding the Tricolor and green flags in hands the farmers, under the aegis of Amaravati Parirakshan Samithi (Amaravati Protection Society), walked from Thulluru village to Mandadam village near the state secretariat covering about 10 km distance. The main opposition Telugu Desam Party (TDP) supported the agitation. 

Some farmers have filed a public interest litigation (PIL) in the high court seeking a direction to the Capital Development Authority (APCRDA) to resume development works in Amaravati, in accordance to the notified master plan for the capital city. The PIL may come up for hearing soon. 

Meanwhile, state government sources say the chief minister is keen to shift majority of the offices by end of this month to different buildings identified in Vizag. 

It may be mentioned that Jaganmohan Reddy had announced having capital bifurcated at legislature, executive and judicial and have at three different places with ‘balanced development of all regions’ slogan. 
As per his plan, executive, the key capital will be located in Vizag. Amaravati will have two sessions of Assembly every year besides having some government offices. Judiciary will be relocated to Kurnool in Rayalaseema region. 
The government got reports from two committees in favour of the shifting. The farmers and opposition parties have rubbished the recommendations of these committees. 
Farmers Joint Action Committee leader P. Sudhakar said the agitation would be intensified till the government changes its unilateral decision. 

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