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NGT verdict brings smiles on the faces of Amravati farmers
Though late, finally the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has brought smiles on the faces of hundreds of farmers around Amravati, who had been in a precarious situation with their fate hanging in balance for the last two years.

Before surrendering their lands to the Capital Region Development Area (CRDA) farmers of the region had been engaged in cultivating various crops. However, until now they had been sitting idle without any farming activity. But now, they are happy that their land will earn more money than they had expected as the state will attract industrialists from foreign lands.

The "go ahead" verdict of the NGT for construction work in the new Andhra capital city of Amaravati is a boon for the Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu at this juncture.

The NGT verdict has come while the main opposition leader Jagan Mohan Reddy is away on a padyatra (called "Praja Sankalpa Yatra"). He might have taken advantage of the situation if the NGT's judgment had been negative, as he has never been in favour of building the capital city at the present location.

People are also conspicuous that the location of Amravati is likely to be shifted if Jagan wins in the 2019 polls. Now the fear in the minds of farmers who had given away their land of more than 34000 acres in land pooling for the new capital has disappeared.

However, now the worries of farmers are over. Chandarababu wants to build nine internal cities in the area which would be related to administration, knowledge, finance, health, culture, tourism, sports, electronics and justice. Already construction of institutions like SRM and VIT university has started.

However, construction work is yet to begin on main buildings like the State Assembly, Secretariat and High Court. The blueprints of these buildings are now in final stages which are being prepared by London's Norman Fosters. The finalization of these designs has taken much time as earlier this work was entrusted to Japan's company which failed to provide satisfactory designs.

In the meanwhile, some internal road building work has been taken up along with the main eight-lane "seed axis" road which is nearly 20 km long and is nearing completion. The Singapore government owned company which has secured the tender to develop the "startup" city in 1600 acres is readying to start work from January.

It appears that all major work shall begin around January and in about a year, the city will begin to take shape. And only then, confidence will be created in the minds of farmers who had given away their lands for building the new capital.

Already the several construction companies have started their ventures around Amravati. With this, real estate prices are expected to rise further. At present, the rental value in Vijayawada is at par with tier-one cities.

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