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Chandrababu Naidu's Amaravati: Much ado about nothing!
Then… Greenery everywhere….enchanting atmosphere….about 80 varieties of crops---and 14 kinds of flowering plants. And now---A neo-culture has set in, in a place which was synonymous with agriculture. This was how a sensational article by an American journalist Rolo Roming in The California Sunday Magazine described the state capital in its edition published few months ago.

Apart from the pitiful plight of the peasants, the exclusive article also touched upon various aspects of the Chandrababu Naidu's political life. The scribe who conducted an in-depth study on Amaravati twice between February last year and March this year came out with his findings that there was "much ado about something hallow". The article raised a debate on the background of the government version that several international companies are showing interest to set up their companies in Amaravati. It definitely creates suspicion among the readers as to how long it would take to complete the construction of the capital.

The article warned that there was flood menace, quake-proneness and intolerable temperatures in summer in the area selected for the construction of Amaravati.

Since independence, Amaravati is the fifth city being constructed with perfect planning. The capital's name 'Amaravati' was borrowed from the nearby Buddhist pilgrim centre. According to government estimates Amaravati , by 2035,would flourish as a state-of-the art city with an area of 3,322 square miles and a population of 11 million. It would be 10 times larger than New York City. Although the United Arab Emirates (UAE) government has spent 41 billion dollars on the construction of Masdar City, it is likely to take 15 years more for its completion. There was no increase in the population, the article revealed. Though the Central Government in the Andhra Pradesh State Reorganisation Act that led to the bifurcation of the state, assured to sanction funds for construction of the capital city, the state government in hurry has been seeking loans from various organizations.

Growth of population is a challenge to any city. Sometimes people will not leave their habitual place and migrate to towns and cities even if more incentives and attractions are offered. Keeping this in view, the AP officials toured many countries like Japan, UK, China, Russia, Malaysia, Kazakhstan to invite the nations to make investments in Amaravati. The officials say that the international companies had shown interest inmaking investments in the capital city. Chandrababu Naidu wants to build Amaravati from scratch on the lines of Singapore which developed incredibly from its 'Sea Town' (fisheries) origins.

Plight of the peasantry

Jasime farmer Jayamma   Read more at:

(Jasime farmer Jayamma Source:The California Sunday Magazine)

The sorry state of farmers was highlighted by the scribe in a clear and lively way. The farming community was anguished over having to part with their lands that yield 80 kinds of crops and 14 types of flowering plants. The American journalists visited Nidamarru and Dondapadu villages of Amaravati area in Guntur district and interacted with the ryots. Most of them felt that though residing in the nearby village Undavalli Chandrababu Naidu had never met them to know their ills and wells. One florist Jayamma made it clear that she would, under no circumstances part with her 20 acres of land in which she had been growing jasmine creepers. About 300 labourers are working in her farmland, she added. Most of the farmers expressed similar opinion. But Dondapadu villagers voluntarily gave their lands to the government for construction of the capital. One Dondapadu farmer said that he was earlier living in a tin-sheeted house. But after handing over land to the government, hehad built a house for his family and got another built for his daughter, he said happily.

My aim is future generations, says Chandrababu

Chandarababu Naidu said that he was not thinking about today or tomorrow but he was concerned about the future generations. "That is the reason why I shouldered the Herculean task of constructing Amaravati," were the words spoken by him in an interview with the US journalist. Stating that any people-related issue must be tackled with farsightedness, he termed himself "the great man of the history". The scribe who toured extensively in the capital region observed that there was more hype than what was really happening there.

Amravti(The beginnings of a new road Construciton Source: The California Sunday Magazine)

His article on Amaravati also delvedinto Chandrababu Naidu's past. Hisfather-in-law NT Rama Rao was considered by the people as their representative. When NT Rama Rao came to power for the third time, his son-in-law managed to take the reigns of the Telugu Desam Party into his hands. Babu who was the chief minister of the integrated Telugu state focused on IT. He neglected the agricultural sector. Consequently the people voted him out of power in 2014 elections. Furthermore Babu's dealing with day-to-day affairs, his body language and his expressions also found mention in the article.

Many doubts galore over a US journal publishing an article on Amaravati. Is it coincidental? Or are there any reasons behind it ? Is there any relation between the article and the complaints being made to the World Bank against Amaravati? The officials are enquiring into things.

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