Trapped in a real estate cobweb, the AP capital Amaravathi turned out to be a political tool for all parties including the ruling YSRCP in the state while the Centre remains a mute spectator to the ongoing political drama surrounding the capital Amaravathi.
However, the author sees a different dimension to the capital issue and attempts to project the mistakes and mischiefs committed by the former Chief Minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu.
Chandra Babu Naidu caused heart burning to the present Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy by not inviting him to the inauguration of the state capital, Amaravati. Instead, he had invited Telangana CM KCR for the same ignoring him completely as he was the lone opposition floor leader then. Had Babu invited Jaganmohan for Bhumi Puja of Amaravathi then, he would not have to face this day today.
No Foresight of Financial Implications
In 1999, after winning both Assembly and Parliament seats in the united AP, the TDP leaders felt that there will not an alternative to Chandra Babu Naidu for the next twenty years. He then came up with his famous Vision 2020 document but without any financial allocations to materialise his dream. For example, he promised to irrigate one crore acres by 2020 with a budget of Rs 1,00,000 crore. But the budget allocated was only Rs.1250 crore in the year 2000. However, as per the Vision Document, a minimum of Rs.5000 crore is needed every year for the next 20 years. Hence, the vision document turned out to be a mere joke. became a joke. They have conveniently forgotten that power was given to them only for 5 years and not 20 years.
Now again in 2014, after winning in Elections in residuary Andhra Pradesh, TDP took a lot of time to decide capital and it’s structure and place for construction. Maximum time was spent on creating Singapore Graphics. However, the budget allocated again for Amaravati was a mere Rs.276 crore from 2014 to 2019. Bank loans of Rs.5200 crore were availed for this purpose during the same period. Rs.165,000 crore fresh loans were taken from 2014 to 2019 and touched the FRMB limit. Had he spent at least Rs.20,000 crore on Amaravati, the story today would have been different?
Big Vision Without Funds
Amaravati cost was estimated at Rs.100,000 crore, but none of the Gazette Orders (GOs) was released to this effect. What has happened in Amaravati was not known to anyone. Transparency was lacked as in the year 1999. Hardly Rs.5200 crore was spent till May 2019. If the same situation continues, it would take at least 50 years to complete the construction of Amaravathi capital.
Key companies away from Amaravati
TDP government offered the and in Amaravati at Rs.4 crore per acre to RBI office, being capital of the state. Similarly, SBI also wanted the land to establish a training centre and local head office at Amaravathi, but it surprises TD Govt offered them a huge price forcing them to withdraw. Similarly, some other offices of Central Government were also not allocated land at a cheaper rate making them migrate to Guntur.
Iconic Buildings and Iconic bridges
Twenty to 30-floor iconic Buildings were planned for Secretariat, Assembly and MLA quarters. It took huge time to confirm designs. Similarly, the iconic bridge was planned at an outlay of Rs.1397 crore near Sangamam area on Krishna river. It provides a road to Guntur directly without touching Vijayawada. People coming to Ongole, Guntur, Nellore, Tirupati and Chennai from Hyderabad can travel safely and comfortably. This should have been completed by 2019 as the Bhumipuja was performed in January 2019. However, a normal bridge was permitted in its place costing a sum of Rs.400 crore across river Krishna.
Chandra Babu turns Mistery Babu
Chandra Babu Naidu made Devegowda a Prime Minister in 1999 during United Front ruling. After 11 months, IK Gujral became prime minister for 10 months again with the support of Chandra Babu. TDP was also part of the Union Cabinet then for almost 22 months. Similarly, he again allied with the NDA from 2014 to 2019 and shared the Cabinet posts in Modi government but to no avail. Andhra Pradesh has not gained in any form.