Vishakhapatnam, Apr 6: Telegu Desam Party president and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu has termed Amravati as his 'dream' capital, which is being constructed to serve as the new seat of government of the state.
Andhra Pradesh was left with no capital in 2014 after Telangana inherited Hyderabad. "After bifurcation, we did not have any place to sit nor funds as all revenues had gone to Telangana. An inadequate 46 % of revenue was set to meet the requirement of 56.38 per cent population,'' Mr Naidu said. Lok Sabha and Assembly elections will be held in the southern state on April 11, Thursday.
Responding to the assertion that the Bharatiya Janata Party, if voted in, will give land back to the farmers, Mr Naidu said that he had requested growers to join him under land pooling. "I assured them of guaranteed and more income than what they are getting today. I promised to enhance annually that income by 10% for up to 10 years," he added.
"They gave me Rs 50,000 crores worth of land and now the works are in progress,'' the Chief Minister said, adding that he had engaged one of the world's top consultants to fulfil his dream. "Even Singapore is the consultant government and they gave me the master plan. London-based Norman and Fosters, one of the best companies, is working with us," he added, expressing hope that after 10-15 years Amravati would be the most beautiful city in India.
"Everything is underground whether it is sewage, drinking water, drainage water, power, gas, cooling," Mr Naidu said, affirming that even electricity will be provided at the bare minimum cost.
The TDP leader said Amravati would be among the best five capitals of the world.
Mr Naidu added, "In the initial stage, I was handicapped for everything and now we are overcoming that. I am having land, I can monetize it so that I may not burden the exchequer. So this is a very interesting project. Everybody is convinced, everybody is happy except politicians."
The project has received sustained support of the World Bank under 'Amravati Sustainable Capital City Development Project', aimed at supporting specified components identified by the Andhra Pradesh government.