How Andhra CM Chandrababu Naidu vows to revive brand Amaravati amid investor concerns

The chief minister said that he was confident that Amaravati would emerge from the ruins of destruction caused by former chief minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy.

ByRaj Rayasam

Published Jul 03, 2024 | 8:08 PM Updated Jul 03, 2024 | 8:08 PM

N Chandrababu Naidu

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, on Wednesday, 3 July, said that he was trying to rebuild the Amaravati brand, which had taken a severe beating under the previous YSRCP government.

The chief minister, releasing a white paper on the status of Amaravati project at the state Secretariat at Velagapudi in Guntur district, said that in the wake of the damage done to brand Amaravati, he now has to work double as hard as he did in the past, to restore confidence in the investors.

The chief minister said that Amaravati, in its present stage, stands out as an eloquent symbol of what can happen to a great project when someone unfit for politics becomes the chief minister of the state.

“Now the investors are asking me, where is the guarantee that there will not be any trouble in the future? I am doing my best to convince them that the state is now on the path to development and that they need not worry about their investments,” he said.

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‘Amaravati will emerge from ruins of destruction’

Naidu said that the works for the construction of the capital have already begun. “I have no new plans for Amaravati. We will continue with the blueprint provided by Singapore,” the chief minister said.

Naidu said that the capital was named Amaravati on the advice of the late media baron Ch Ramoji Rao.

“No one had thought Andhra Pradesh’s capital would be named after the great city of Amaravati. It was approved in the cabinet, and even Jagan Mohan Reddy, who was in opposition then, initially agreed to its location. But as you all know, look at what he had done to the project after coming to power in 2019,” he said.

The chief minister said that he was confident that Amaravati would emerge from the ruins of destruction caused by former chief minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy.

“Andhra Pradesh is a fertile state. I want to create wealth for the people. I will take measures for employment, and removal of poverty in the state. Amaravati will be the capital of people. Everyone in the state owns it,” he said.

He accused Jagan Mohan Reddy of committing a crime against the humanity by derailing the Amravati Project. No one in history has ever changed the capital of a state.

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‘Will ensure justice to farmers’

“I will stand by the farmers of Amaravati who donated their land. They had to face humiliation under the YSRCP government. They had to take out yatras to press for their demand for the location of the capital in Amaravati and yet Jagan Mohan Reddy did not listen to them,” he said.

Naidu said that the YSRCP president began his rule with the demolition of Praja Vedika, which shows how destructive he was.

The chief minister said that 29,000 farmers had surrendered 34,400 acres of land for the Amaravati project, which is a world record.

“Together with the government land available, the total extent of land earmarked for Amaravati is 53,745 acres,” he said, adding that his government had promised the farmers a 10-year lease payment. When the TDP was in power, it fulfilled this promise to the farmers.

He said the location of Amaravati was ideal since it is at the central point of the state. Another advantage Amaravati has, is that it was located on the bank of Krishna, whose waters are constantly rejuvenated by those of the Godavari.

Naidu said that he was not going to backout on Amaravati project, come what may.

“I had developed Cyberabad in Hyderabad. I have vast experience and I will take Amaravati project forward. I will ensure justice to the farmers who had given their lands. I will make sure that all legal hurdles are removed in helping them,” he said.

“Even the weaker sections, who were allotted houses on the land earmarked for Amaravati under YSRP dispensation, would also be provided alternative land. They did not ask for house sites in Amaravati. They wanted them in Guntur. However, Jagan Mohan Reddy, in an attempt to end the project permanently, allotted house sites to them in Amaravati,” Naidu added.

(Edited by Shauqueen Mizaj)

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