Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief N. Chandrababu Naidu on Thursday lashed out at Andhra Pradesh chief minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, alleging that the latter has “destroyed" Amaravati, the state’s upcoming capital.
“I had a vision (for Amaravati) and, today, Hyderabad is the most liveable city, be it the metro or Hi-tech city. That is how it has been developed and, with that experience, I planned Amaravati, which is self-financed. It would have given maximum revenue (to Andhra Pradesh) and would have been the centre of activity," Naidu said on a tour of the city to review the ongoing work.
Some people, who the ruling YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) claims are farmers, however, protested against Naidu’s visit to the area.
The visit of Naidu, a former chief minister, to Amaravati comes in the wake of developments threatening to derail the ₹33,000-crore capital city project.
“The idea was to first develop Amaravati, then other centres such as Kurnool and Tirupati. Jagan has destroyed the concept of Amaravati. Where is the money (to develop the capital)? Jagan is the most corrupt politician in the country," he said. Naidu also challenged the YSRCP to disprove the corruption allegations in development work for the upcoming capital.
However, the YSRCP was quick to take on the TDP chief. “Farmers displayed placards asking Naidu where the plots promised by him in the capital region were," it said.
The development of Amaravati has suffered several setbacks. The 1,700-acre startup area project in Amaravati to be developed by the Singapore Amaravati Investment Holdings in partnership with the state government, was cancelled after the latter pulled out of it. The World Bank and Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) have also backed out of the $500 million funding commitment for the capital city following a request in this regard from the Centre. The state government has cancelled land allotment to the UAE-based Lulu group, which had decided to invest ₹2,300 crore in the project.