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AP to dump Amaravati as capital? YSRCP drops hints

Looks like YSRCP-led government is leaving no stone unturned to ensure that Andhra Pradesh doesn't get any more investments or investors. Rather than focussing on the development of the state and its capital, the new government is worsening the state's situation with bizarre ideas, day after day!
 
State Panchayat Raj Minister Botsa Satyanarayana finally gave a hint on the fate of the state capital Amaravati which is being built in 33,000 acres of prime agriculture land pooled by farmers of the Guntur & Krishna districts, located close to river Krishna. 
 
While Chief Minister Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy has made it clear that Amaravati is not on his priority list, the project got a paltry allocation of Rs 500 crore in the current budget.
 
“The recent floods have shown that the area chosen by former Chief Minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu is not right for the construction as it is prone to floods,” Botsa said, citing the flooding after gates of Prakasam barrage were lifted. Amaravati needs extra drains and a separate water channels to deal with floods, he added, as the reason for shifting the state’s capital.

“Building capital in such an area is going to be a burden on the exchequer,” he said hinting that the government which has “Donakonda” area of Prakasam district in mind for the construction of a capital city might opt out of the “Amaravati” plan. 
As a precursor to what the minister has said, state irrigation minister Anil Kumar Yadav has already blamed Naidu for staying at the riverfront residence which is one among many such constructions that sprung up on the riverfront. 

The Jaganmohan Reddy government not only demolished the “Praja Vedika” convention centre built by Naidu government on the riverbank, but tried to take aerial pictures of Naidu’s residence with the help of drones. 

The Telugu Desam Party has alleged that the real plan behind delaying the lifting of Prakasam barrage gates is to sink Naidu’s home just to tell the world that the capital is sinkable and a sheer waste of public money. 

Former Machilipatnam Urban Development Authority Chairman and TDP leader Buragadda Veda Vyas on Tuesday said that Botcha’s statement is a clear indication that the government hates to operate from the Coastal AP region of Krishna and Guntur. “TDP has been saying this from the beginning that the government will show the flood as a reason to shut down Amaravati,” Vyas said. 

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