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Regressive, Revenge Politics is costing Andhra its development

Andhra Pradesh chief minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy’s summary cancellation of the Amaravati Startup Project is a huge blow to much-needed urban development in India, and dents foreign investor’s confidence in India as well. 

The CM needs to promptly reconsider his decision for the greater good. The only ready explanation for cancellation of the Amaravati project with a well-regarded Singapore consortium is politics.

The new CM must carry on the work of the previous N. Chandrababu Naidu government in good faith. Infrastructure is a key bottleneck nationally, and young Jagan needs to consider how Hyderabad would have lagged behind had his father Y.S. Reddy not completed the IT hub project started by the Naidu government. 
 
Duly completing big-ticket prestige projects started by earlier governments has been the norm, across states. Note that after Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati demited office, projects along the Yamuna Expressway and other large pending projects were, in turn, completed by the Akhilesh Yadav government.
 
Jagan needs to follow through with the Amaravati new capital project and oversee its completion on schedule. Land has been acquired for Amaravati with innovative and capital-light land pooling from farmers; all concerned must see to it that the project becomes a model nationally.
 
India is now urbanising at a fast clip, and it is essential that we build swathes of urban space to form a New India. Yet, Jagan seems bent on destroying a political legacy, physically. He reportedly razed a brand new convention centre worth Rs 9 crore built by the previous Naidu administration. 
 
On Jagan’s coming to office, Rs. 50,000 crore worth of commissioned works have come to a grinding halt; the grand secretariat building has not risen beyond its foundations. This is bad politics.

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