TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu to visit Amaravati capital area today

South India

AMARAVATI: Former Chief Minister and TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu on Thursday will visit the villages that constitute the capital region of Amravati and review the status of the constructions.

Naidu is expected to highlight the extent of development that took place during his tenure and the repercussions of the stop order given by the YSR Congress government stalling the construction work in Amaravati.
On Sunday, TDP national president Naidu announced a tour the Amaravati capital area on November 28 after the recent development of the Singapore Consortium backing out of the construction of the capital city.
Amaravati capital city was conceptualised by the previous Chandrababu Naidu government and the Singapore Consortium was roped in to take up the Amaravati Capital City Startup Project.
However, the YSRCP government stopped the construction works of different buildings at Amaravati after coming to power. YSRCP is alleging that corruption took place in these construction works and the project is a financial bulldozer to the state exchequer.
Following that World Bank and the Asian, Infrastructure Investment Bank backed off from funding the project to the tune of $500 mn. The government also terminated a deal with Singapore consortium to develop the 1700 acre start-up area.
The YS Jaganmohan Reddy government has appointed an expert committee to scout for a suitable place for the state capital and the committee has toured the Capital area.
With the Singapore Consortium backing out and the project in limbo, the farmers of Amaravati region, who gave their lands have recently approached the High Court. The case is pending before the HC.
Amid this, Chandrababu Naidu had decided to visit the Amaravati capital region on Thursday and he is likely to interact with the farmers who have given lands for the project.
On Tuesday, Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy reviewed the status of constructions and gave nod to continue the construction works that were halted.
TDP claimed it as a result of Chandrababu Naidu announcing his visit to those construction sites.

With inputs from Agency and media reports
Image credit: Deccan Herald

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