Suspense Over New Andhra Pradesh Capital

Jun 19, 2020 07:06 AM

The day when United Andhra was divided; building a new capital remained an unsolved mystery. The Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy is juggling between Amaravati and Visakhapatnam. The annual budget submitted by Finance Minister Buggana Rajendranath Reddy proposed Rs 550 Crore for the new capital. But the whereabouts of the new capital remains a secret. One year in power and the Andhra Pradesh State Government maintains ambiguity about the capital city. Perhaps the Chief Minister changes the decision after early morning coffee. It could also be a case of vengeance against his political adversary thereby shifting the capital from Amaravati to Vishakapatnam and cancelling 5,732 pattas during TDP rule.

Someone should remind YS Jagan Mohan Reddy that he did not become the Chief Minister by usurping, in fact, he won a fair election and he has to serve the people of Andhra Pradesh instead of dismantling previous development projects.

The undecided capital city is allocated Rs 550 Crore. We at Gold Andhra are betting on Amravathi to be the next capital. It is rather interesting that Jagan supporters and media houses especially Great Andhra website is not sure about the new capitals. The Government officials are making it even more intriguing by planning to create three new capitals. There are many countries and cities around the world with more than one capital; for instance, Colombo had remained the capital of Sri Lanka but for the last four decades Jayawardenepura Kotte was a second capital for administrative purpose and to avoid congestion in Colombo.

YSRCP is all at sea about administration, besides, there is a growing concern over the 14.9% less funds allocated towards Municipal Administration and Urban Development (MAUD). City-based Taxpayers’ Association (TPA) is unhappy over the reduction in funds to (MAUD). The miserly 2.90% of the budget allocated to the Urban Development is a serious concern. Also, 30% of Andhra Pradesh state lives in urban areas and it requires basic amenities such as sanitation, drainage, and drinking water (supply and storage). There is a serious concern over the budget and a growing curiosity over the next capital.

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