As Andhra Pradesh gears up for the foundation laying ceremony of new capital city, Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu said all administrative buildings in Amaravati, with the partnership of national and international entities, would be completed by 2019, before the next general elections.
The state will be offering the portion of land, pooled from farmers, to the partners as it was done in case of Hyderabad where government land was offered during Naidu’s stint as CM of combined Andhra Pradesh. This will ensure that there is a ‘win win’ situation for both government and the partners.
In an interview to DC on Tuesday at his water front residence on the banks of river Krishna in Guntur district, Naidu revealed that build–operate–transfer basis will be adopted for the construction of key buildings in Amaravati and the iconic towers will be first built.
Naidu said his ‘mahasankalpam’ (greatest goal) is to make Amaravati the top city in India on par with the international cities.
When asked about the finalisation of master developer and Amaravati development partners, Naidu said it is in process and will be done soon after the foundation ceremony by adopting various methods like Swiss Challenge.
“Amaravati city memorial and time capsule will be done immediately. We will start infrastructure development soon after the foundation is laid. Iconic towers will come up fast with the partnership of private national and international partners. We are also inviting top entities from across the world. Justice city, sports city and education city are some of the nine cities proposed within Amaravati. Out of nine cities, education city will soon be realised. Top Indian and international educational institutions like SRM, Amity, VITS and Cambridge are showing interest. We aim to bring 6-7 of top 10 world class educational institutions to the city,” said Naidu.
Reacting to criticism from opposition leader Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy on allegations of ‘real estate gambling with farmers’ lands, Naidu questioned, “Does the opposition want me to build a slum here? Farmers have happily given their land. They have all benefited out of land pooling. The land prices have shot up seven times. If I don’t develop the land and build the city, will the farmers keep quiet? Opposition is planning to create hurdles, so that farmers revolt against me. I have to ensure that the farmers’ land prices increases and they are benefited with the same.”
He added that water grid will be developed similar to the power grid and water management will be taken up so that ground water is available to a depth of three to eight metres across the state.
He further thanked central government for the help and asked for financial support for the state till level-playing stage is achieved.