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Suspension notices against 3 TDP MLCs

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The Telugu Desam Party has formally complained to Legislative Council Chairman Sharief to suspend three of its own MLCs for violating the party whip in the House. Initially 2 TDP MLCs, Pothula Suneetha and Shivanadha Reddy, voted against TDP and supported YCP’s Vizag Capital shifting Bill in the Council. The two MLCs clearly went against the whip. Hence, they face disqualification now. This happened despite the TDP’s caution to protect its MLCs. Also, TDP leader in Council Yanamala Ramakrishnudu complained to Chairman against intimidation of their party MLCs by YCP leaders. Yanamala said that MP Vijayasai Reddy and SV Subba Reddy were sending threats by sitting in gallery box of Council.

Though the TDP successfully blocked 3 Capitals Bill from being tabled in AP Council, some of its MLCs slipped away at the last minute. The TDP got 34 MLCs strength but it could get just 27 votes in its favour. Moreover, BJP MLCs adopted a neutral position despite their support for Amaravati agitation.
To prevent further trouble, the TDP is asking for suspension of MLC Satrucharla Vijayarama Raju also for violating the party whip. Satrucharla sat through the Rule 71 debate but he went out of the House just before the voting. By doing so, he violated the party whip and he will attract action as per the House rules.

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No Capital for Andhra in India map

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The Government of India released a new map of the country after the cancellation of statehood for Jammu and Kashmir. This is because the number of states is now reduced to 28. The new map of India mentioned boundaries of each state and their Capital Cities. But in respect of Andhra Pradesh, no Capital City is mentioned or indicated. The Centre took this decision as the new government in Andhra has itself not officially recognised Amaravati. Moreover, many indications are given for shifting the Capital.

It may be recalled that CM Jaganmohan Reddy himself told Prime Minister Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah that his government would not require funds to build Amaravati. Moreover, the interaction of AP government officials with the Central government departments has come down drastically.

Analysts say that the immediate purpose of Jagan is achieved in the form of India map. But what about the future prospects of the state. How long can AP CM continue his silence and suspense on Capital? Even after six years of separate statehood, Andhra is still without clarity on its Capital city. CM Jagan should now realise how much he is hurting AP because of his vague and unclear policies. The communication gap between AP and Centre should be removed immediately. Otherwise, chaos will follow soon.

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Opinion : How Jagan demolished Rs 2 lakh cr Amaravati dream?

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There are over 50,000 acres of costly, prime government lands in Amaravati Capital City area. As per market estimates, each acre rate would have nearly reached Rs 10 cr considering the global scale on which the city is planned. Of the total land available, the government can afford to use 25,000 acres for commercial development to generate revenue. The total worth of this property would have reached above Rs 2 lakh crore by now. Thus, every rupee spent on Amaravati will have earned several times more in the long run going by the huge potential of the Capital City development.

Chandrababu Naidu, the brain behind Amaravati, says that Amaravati will become such prime property in the open market that the city would be in a position to repay any amount of loans taken for its development now. Accordingly, huge loans are approved by World Bank and Asian Development Bank only based on the rich future potential and repayment capacity of Andhra Capital. Naidu told his party leaders that CM Jaganmohan Reddy’s narrow-minded policies have demolished the Amaravati dream of Andhra people.

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Kareena Kapoor’s first trip to Amaravati

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Andhra Pradesh Government conducted Social Media Summit and Awards last year which was a grand success. Deepika Padukone attended the event last year and turned out to be the major attraction. This year Kareena Kapoor Khan along with several celebrities from Bollywood, Tollywood and Kollywood will be attending the Social Media Summit Awards that will take place in the new capital Amaravati.

Chandra Babu Naidu wants to promote the new capital along with the tourism after which several celebrities have been approached. Vibri Media along with AP Government is conducting this grand event that will take place on November 10th. The summit was a super hit last year and the organizers are in plans to repeat the magic again by bringing a bunch of celebrities. This is the first trip of Kareena Kapoor to Amaravati.

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Unimpressed with Amaravati designs, CM decides to fly Rajamouli to London

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Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu is reportedly not impressed with the structural designs of Amaravati which London-based Foster+Partners had submitted on Wednesday. He liked the waterfront and the layout, but was displeased with facade which only adds to the further delay in the construction of the Capital.

Chandrababu had suggested that a team be sent to London in along with the prominent director S S Rajamouli the next month. The Chief Minister himself will visit London on October 25 to review the designs as he wants to finalize them.

He suggested that these designs should take inspiration from the world’s top ten structures. With this delay. The scheduled foundation stone-laying ceremony on Dusshera September30 will be postponed due to non-approval of designs.

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World Bank registers farmers’ complaint on Amaravati land pooling

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The World Bank has informed government of Andhra Pradesh that it has registered a case based on the complaints on forceful land acquisition from farmers for the construction of capital city Amaravati.

As per the reports in DC, Chairman of inspection panel of the world bank Gonzalo Castro de la Mata said, “After conducting initial due diligence and confirming that the request meets the (World Bank) panel’s admissibly criteria, I am notifying that I have registered this request”.

The World bank received a request from the farmers on October 8, 2016 to conduct inspection, but it did not register the complaint then citing that the project was in initial stages. It received similar request again on 25 May 2017 including 22 attachments of reports related to project, media articles and court documents. Another request was received on May 27 from a large group of farmers who alleged that they were not accurately consulted and the government is failing to comply with the bank’s standards. They also alleged that their livelihood, environment, food security and resettlement were harmed. After due diligence, the bank registered the complaint from the farmers.

It may be recalled that earlier this week, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu ordered the Capital Region Development Authority(CRDA) to strictly deal with people who are anonymously filing complaints with the World Bank. Chandrababu apparently clarified to the World Bank that about 150 farmers partook in their survey while 1,27,505 farmers gave up their land for the capital city project.

Financial assistance of $300 million through International Bank of Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) was all set to be approved on October 5 for development of 217sq km area in Amaravati, but the World bank has now asked its panel to submit report by July13.

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Will invoke Land Acquisition Act 2013 in Amaravati, says Minister Narayana

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Vijayawada: The Andhra Pradesh government is now getting ready to invoke the Land Acquisition Act 2013, to acquire the lands from farmers in the capital villages. Following the Hyderabad High Court’s order suspending the land acquisition notification issued last week, the government is now planning to go ahead with the Land Acquisition Act 2013.

Minister for Municipal Administration, P Narayana, who is monitoring the Amaravati plans and development, told media persons that the government would invoke the provisions of the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement 2013. He said that the High Court had only objected to the AP Land Acquisition Relief and Rehabilitation Rules 2014. He discounted the claims of the YSR Congress that the High Court had ruled against land acquisition in Amaravati.

“Since the court had ruled against the land acquisition under the provisions of AP Land Acquisition Relief and Rehabilitation Rules 2014, we will invoke the provisions of the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement 2013. The farmers have refused to give their land in land pooling. If we invoke the 2013 Act, I am sure they will come forward and that would end all the problems in land acquisition,” the Minister asserted.
Having taken more than 33,000 acres of land from farmers in pooling for the new capital, the government had issued notification for a few hundreds of acres of land in Penumaka, Undavalli and Bethapudi villages. The capital project could be completed only if these lands are taken from the farmers as they are located at the entry of the capital. The prestigious six lane seed access road too was started from Venkatapalem as the lands from Undavalli and Penumaka are not given to the government yet.
Once the government invokes the provisions of the 2013 Land Acquisition Act then Amaravati project would go smooth, the Minister asserted.

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Amaravati – National Green Tribunal closes hearings, reserves verdict

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Vijayawada: The National Green Tribunal (NGT) had completed the hearings on the environmental issues in the new capital, Amaravati, and reserved its verdict. The NGT has been hearing the case for the past 20 months with local environmental activist, Pandalaneni Srimannarayana, challenging the selection of the capital in the fertile agriculture lands.

NGT chairman, Swatanter Kumar, reserved the verdict, said Srimannarayana. The State government and the AP Capital Region Development Authority (APCRDA) have engaged senior advocates, A K Gangooly, Gunturu Prabhakar, Gunturu Pramodkumar and Dammalapati Srinivas to argue its case while Srimannarayana had engaged senior advocate Sanjay Parikh to nail the State government and the APCRDA violating the environmental issue. The petitioner contested that the government had not secured the environmental clearance for the capital and had planned to divert the natural flow of Kondaveeti Vagu, a stream, in the capital to facilitate the construction of capital, besides other issues.

“The State government and the APCRDA have violated all the norms, including the recommendations of the Sri Krishna Committee (that studied the issue of identification of capital for the residuary State). They have also forged several documents, misrepresented the facts and have shown false evidences in the process,” Srimannarayana said. He further added that he had exposed the flaws of the government in identifying the location and going ahead with the construction against the interim orders of the NGT.

“They (government and CRDA) have tried to mislead the NGT by projecting these fertile lands as drought-prone. The very fact that these lands are located right on the banks of river Krishna and were producing 124 varieties of crops with three crops a year too was misrepresented. They have also produced false documents relating to the environmental clearance for the capital project,” Srimannarayana alleged and said that they have submitted documental evidence to the NGT.

Meanwhile, APCRDA commissioner Cherukuri Sreedhar said that they have presented facts about the capital project and the lands to the NGT before it had closed the hearings and kept the verdict in reserve. He expressed confidence that the NGT would give clearance for the prestigious project.

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State mulls special buses between V’wada and Hyderabad for employees

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Chief minister Chandrababu Naidu , who is determined to shift the temporary capital as early as possible to Vijayawada, has asked the officials to identify the residential accommodation to the employees willing to come to Vijayawada immediately. He also asked the officials to explore possibility of plying special buses between Vijayawada – Hyderabad to help employees to visit their families frequently.

Residential accommodation is still posing a major problem to shift the government to Vijayawada. The committee headed by principal secretary K S Jawahar Reddy, which is looking into the matter of early shifting of the temporary capital informed chief minister Naidu that about 12,000 employees need to be shifted immediately to make the temporary capital functional in Vijaywada. He also informed that Medha Towers has ready-to-occupy space for official purposes and it should be notified as SEZ so that it can be used for government offices.

Chief Minister asked them to explore an option of having special buses from Hyderabad to the Capital Region for employees frequent travels. The idea is to encourage employees to join him in Vijayawada leaving their families in Hyderabad for sometime.

In the meeting the Chief Minister was informed about the high rental values being quoted by builders in the capital region. He said that builders should not exploit the situation and cooperate in developing the region. Naidu asked the officials to design an historic pylon to commemorate the foundation stone laying function of Amaravati on October 22, 2015. “Explore it we can develop the location of the pylon as a beautiful public park or like a central public centre,” Naidu suggested.

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Master Plan is Master of Illusion: Roja

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YSR Congress MLA RK Roja said the brouhaha associated with release of master plan of capital Amaravati was only to cover-up the Pushkar tragedy as the Plan has no budgetary support or the mention of Centre’s role and only looks like the promotional brochure.

“The hurried release of Master Plan by airlifting a Singapore Minister is only a diversion Plan and Chandrababu Naidu has been using the publicity machinery to cover up his failures one after the other. To cover-up the cash-for-vote scam, he had planned a grand publicity for Godavari Pushkaram roping in international channels and when it backfired with the tragedy, now he brings in a Singapore Minister by a chartered flight to release a Master Plan of the capital city which is nothing but diversionary tactics,”  Roja told media Tuesday.

The master plan looks like a colorful brochure that realtors release before they sell the flats, and it looks good on paper but where are the budgetary allocations, she asked.

“First Naidu  should make it clear if the Centre has any role to play in the capital formation  and development. The State Reorganisation Act 2014 clearly states that it is the job of the Centre. Why then the Singapore company is roped in it needs to be explained. Singapore is not a charitable institution but a commercial entity and there is no reason as to why it should render free service to Chandrababu Naidu.

Roja also demanded that the Government should also clarify the extent of land  allotted to Singapore company in lieu of the development contract.

“It is more than one year and still there has bee no budget or Centre’s nod . the plan suggests that it takes nearly 35 years for the capital city to be in place  by which time two generations will pass and there is no answer to the farmers’ plight and the jobs and food security,” she added.

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Amaravathi new district on cards

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Andhra Pradesh government is mulling over reorganizing districts which leads to increase in the number of districts. There are 13 districts in Andhra Pradesh. Many areas like Nandyala of Kurnool, Hindupur of Anantapuramu  have been demanding district status. Now, proposed Amaravathi capital will necessitate  reorganization of districts.

Sources in the government said capital region  is likely to be declared a new district with Amravathi as the capital.

“Now, Amaravathi falls in Guntur disrict. It is rare that capital is part of another district. All capitals are separate districts. For example Hyderabad is a district. So, Amaravathi needs to be carved out  into a separate district,” sources added. According sources,  the new district will have 10 municipalities, 59 mandals and two corporations.

But it will take time, said sources in the revenue department. ” Now there is no capital. What the capital area consists of is only a vast stretch of land mass. So, unless people live there, creation of district is not possible. We have to wait for the completion of seed capital development,” sources said.

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Amaravathi won’t Eclipse V’wada : Naidu

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Chief minister Chandrababu Naidu assured that the Brand Amaravathi would not overshadow the image of Vijayawada as important coastal city. Accompanied by  Singapore second minister for home affairs and trade S Eswaran, Naidu addressed media in Rajahmundry after the presentation of seed capital area (SCA) master plan by the former.

Dismissing the apprehension that Vijyawada was being eclipsed by the proposed capital Amaravathi, Naidu said Vijayawada and Amaravathi would remain as two cities and at the same time be part of the capital region. Amaravathi proper would be capital of Andhra Pradesh and would be confined to only 16.9 sq.km (4176 hc.). The complex of Amaravathi, Vijyawada, Guntur, Mangalagiri and Telanali would be developed into a mega city or capital region, Naidu said.

Naidu said the first phase of the capital development would be completed by 2018. The chief minister profusely thanked the Singapore government and the experts involved, for the development of the in record time and free of cost.

He hoped that the association would last forever.

Giving details of the seed capital, the chief minister said Amaravathi would have four parts namely gateway, down town, business area and institutional area and it would developed in the five phases.

“The capital will have seven regional centres- Guntur, Tenali, Sattenapalli, Gudivada, Gannavar, Nuziveed and Nandigama. Government offices will accommodated in two towers with  45 floor,” he said.

The capital city is going to be walker friendly with 25 km long walk-ways.

 

 

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A Brief History of Amaravathi Master Plan

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Today, Singapore has delivered the  master plan for the development of the seed capital (administrative district of Amaravathi) proposed new capital city of Amaravathi. A 30-member team led by  S Eswaran, second minister, Home Affairs and Trade, today presented the copy of the  seed capital master plan to chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu in Rajahmundry. Preparation of Master Plan is the important stage in the development of capital Amaravathi. Now, the next stage of identifying the master developer and chief architect begins.In this connection, we are giving the brief history of the first stage of capital development for the benefit of readers.

Named after an ancient Buddhist city, the Capital City of Amaravati, is located between the cities of Vijayawada and Guntur. It will also soon be the seat of the Andhra Pradesh government.

To make the Capital City a world-class People’s Capital, the Government of Andhra Pradesh signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Government of Singapore in December 2014.

The MoU envisages preparation of 1) Capital Region Concept Master Plan, 2) Capital City Master Plan, and 3) Seed Capital Area Detailed Master Plan.

During the deliberations between Singapore and Andhra Pradesh, K. Shanmugam, External Affairs Minister of Singapore met the Chief Minister on February 26, 2015.

The Government of Singapore had appointed Singapore’s Ambassador-at-large Gopinath Pillai as the special envoy to facilitate cooperation between the Government of AP and Singapore.

 Three Stages of Master Plan

 1) First Stage: In December 2014, the Government of Singapore, as per its commitment, had submitted the draft Capital Region Concept Master Plan in last December to the Chief Minister. Singapore-based consulting organisations Surbana and Jurong were engaged to prepare the Master Plan for Capital Region.

Following some revisions in the plan, the first stage – the Capital Region Plan – was completed and handed over to the Government of AP on March 30, 2015.

  • The Capital Region Concept Master Plan is for an area of about 7,420 sq.km. The Capital Region Plan provides Development Corridors that connect the Capital City and the Regional Centres.
  • The development Corridors provide opportunity for linear developments with Special Use Developments such as clean industries, Infrastructure projects, logistics-based activities are allowed along these corridors.
  • The upcoming national Projects i.e. Dedicated Freight Corridor along East Coast Economic Corridor, High-Speed Rail and Waterway 4 are integrated in the Capital Region Plan.

2) Second Stage: On May 25, 2015,  S. Iswaran, Second Minister of Government of Singapore along with the high-level delegation presented the Capital City Master Plan to the Chief Minister in Hyderabad.

  • The Capital City Master Plan is for an area of about 217 sq.km. This Plan will guide the development of Amaravati upto the year 2050.
  • The five key features of the Amravati Master Plan are: i) growing a vibrant economy; ii) creating a liveable Indian city; iii) enhancing connectivity and active mobility; iv) ensuring sustainability; and v) the People’s Capital.
  • Amravati will be built on land pooled from the contributions of the residents of the region. In return, they will receive plots of commercial and residential land in the city and share in the fruits of development for years to come.
  • The Capital City Area is planned for about 4 million people. Being developed as Capital City and a vibrant business hub, a total of about 1.8 million jobs are expected to be created in various sectors.
  • This would comprise of public sector, light and green industry, service sector IT, Finance, Tourism and support services to meet the requirements of the urban ecosystem.
  • The master plan provides zoning, urban design and development guidelines for the Capital City.
  • This master plan also provides for affordable housing, easy access to amenities such as schools, healthcare services, markets, and shopping malls, libraries and a university.
  • The master plan respects the sense of local identity and enhances appreciation for local heritage. It protects the existing religious and heritage sites and connects them to the network of MRT/BRT and roads to form tourism circuits.
  • Sustainability and efficient management of resources will form another important pillars of this new capital.

3) Third Stage: On July 20, 2015, the Seed Capital Area (SCA) Master Plan for Amaravati was presented to Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu in Rajahmundry. This also coincides with the Godavari Maha Pushkaram in Rajahmundry to mark the great beginnings of a historic capital city.

  • Seed Capital Area Master Plan is for an area of about 16.9 sq.km. The Seed Capital Area is planned for about 300,000 residents. Being developed as a vibrant business hub, a total of about 700,000 jobs are expected to be created in various sectors including government jobs.
  • The Seed Capital Area aspiration is to create a thriving state of the art Central Business District (CBD) for business and living. The Seed Capital Area master plan provides nodes and development corridors from transit-oriented development approach.
  • The city’s iconic developments include state-of-the-art government complex, city gateway, cultural centre, convention centre etc.
  • The Seed Capital would be developed in overall 5 phases. The various zones would comprise of central business district, residential townships, institutions, parks and gardens, water bodies, recreational spaces, water front etc.
  • Special emphasis has been laid to develop extensive walkways and pedestrianisation inter-linked with open and green spaces with a blue and green network of more than 25 kms to promote walk-to-work environment and non-motorised transport.
  • The Seed Capital Area master plan provides extensive downtown waterfront, waste management systems that would enable innovative methods for waste collection, transportation, treatment and resource recovery such as Waste-to-Energy, thereby creating a resourceful, safe and healthy city.

 

 

 

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S’pore to Deliver Seed Capital Master Plan

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Singapore, which is preparing the master plan for  new Capital city Amaravathi is submitting very important part of the plan,  the seed capital plan, to the state government on Monday.

The city state’s second Minister for Trade and Industry  S Eswaran is flying to Rajahmundry along with his team  to  submit the blueprint of the seed capital city of Andhra Pradesh to chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu, who has been camping in the town for over a week. He made  the Rajahmundry temporary capital on account of Pushkaralu.

This  is the third and final phase of the master plan and delivered to to Chief Minister  on July 20  in  special function in Rajahmundry.

The Singapore minister, who arrives in Hyderabad on July 19,  is accompanied representatives of  Singapore companies- Surbana International Consultants and Jurong Consultants, who are preparing the master plan, sources in the government said.

“From Hyderabad, they will proceed to Rajahmundry on July 20. They will take holy dip in River Godavari as part of Pushkarams on that day. After that, they would submit the master plan of the seed capital to the Chief Minister,” a senior official said.

The “seed capital” (core capital), will comprise administrative buildings such as Raj Bhavan, Chief Minister’s Office, Assembly and Council complex, Secretariat, High Court and residential quarters of ministers and officials.

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Japan Bowled over by AP’s ‘Buddhist’ Past

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Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu played Andhra’s Buddhist past well to move closer to the hearts of Japan.

Government sources told Telugu360.com that Amaravathi’s Buddhist connection could be one of the important reasons for many Japanese Ministries and Companies  evincing keen interest in the development of capital.

During his stay in Tokyo, Naidu reportedly successfully impressed upon Japanese companies to take part in the construction of AP’s new capital city Amaravati which was once flourishing Buddhist pilgrim centre.  “All the interaction revolved around Amaravathi, a name Japs spell fluently,” an official in the CM’s delegation said.

Japanese Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) Akihiro Ohta openly admitted to Naidu that Andhra was dearer to Japan on two grounds.  “Since on the Eastern side India, you are logistically close to Japan. And, since you have Buddhist heritage, AP is very attractive to us.”

He further told the Chief Minister that MLIT is keen to extend cooperation in developing roads & buildings and infrastructure in Amaravathi.
Naidu and his team got concrete assurance from Yoichi Miyazawa of Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan (METI) on equity participation in AP’s new capital development and management. He informed Naidu that several Japanese companies are ready to be partners in AP’s capital construction.

Chief Minister emphasized on creating a task force to institutionalize the talks on cooperation between Japan and Andhra Pradesh.

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Japan to Partner with AP for Amaravati

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Japan is going to be a major player in the construction of new capital of Andhra Pradesh, Amaravathi. Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan (METI), expressed its willingness to partner with the AP government in the construction of 21 century capital. Yosuke Takagi, State Minister of METI, on Wednesday, told Chief Minister Naidu, that Japan wants to involve with the development of capital city from day one. Takagi paid a visit to Naidu in Tokyo to convey Japan’s commitment to AP’s development.

Elaborating on ministry’s experience in development of  ports, airports, roads, housing and other infrastructure projects, the Japanese minister said, “We are gearing up to offer fullest cooperation to Andhra Pradesh in the development of Amarathi. We have begun identifying companies that are suitable to build a world-class capital for AP.”

Earlier, AP government entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with National Electronics Corporation (NEC) of Japan for ‘Safe-city project’, to be operated from Tirupati. The MoU was signed in the presence of Chief Minister Naidu and Yosuke Takagi, State Minister of METI.

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Naidu Invites Japan PM to Amaravathi

Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu invited Japan PM Shinzo Abe to the foundation stone-laying ceremony of new capital Amaravati. The Chief Minister informed  Abe that Prime Minister  of India  Narendra Modi also would write to him inviting him for the ceremony.

Chief Minister  Naidu met the Prime Minister of Japan  today in Tokyo.

In the high-powered meeting, the Japanese Prime Minister meeting assured the Chief Minister that Japan will extend all technical and possible financial assistance to AP for infrastructure and building of capital Amaravathi. Abe appreciated Andhra Pradesh’s efforts in attracting investments.

Further, the Chief Minister made a request to make some institutionalized arrangement for AP-Japan relationship. The Japan PM replied in the affirmative.

Later, Chief Minister presented Tirupati prasadam and a sacred shawl from Lord Balaji’s abode. The Prime Minister recalled that during his earlier visit too, the Chief Minister had presented it during his election campaign.

Before meeting the Prime Minister of Japan, the Chief Minister also had a brief interaction with Yoshihide Suga, Chief Cabinet Secretary.

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Foundation Stone for Amaravathi on Oct.22

Foundation stone will be laid for the construction of new capital of Andhra Pradesh “Amaravathi” on October 22, 2015. The new capital is coming up in Guntur district on the banks of River Krishna. Similarly, works for Polavaram project also will commence from the same day. Andhra Pradesh cabinet has finalized these dates today. State government will invite Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the chief guest for the ceremonies. Similarly, the cabinet deiced to institute vigilance inquiry into the large scale misappropriation of funds in the housing program for the poor during Congress regime spanning  between 2004-2014. According to labor minister K Acchannaidu, who briefed media about the cabinet decisions, about Rs 5,500 cr have been misappropriated in the housing program meant for the poor during the Congress regime. “The then government had claimed to have constructed 41 lakh houses. In a study done by the cabinet committee, it was found that about 15 lakh houses are non-existent. But, the bills have been cleared by the government. There are instances where same person had been allotted five to six houses. We have decided to institute vigilance inquiry. The government doesn’t hesitate to recover money swallowed by the people responsible for the loss to the exchequer under revenue recovery act,” Naidu said. From now onward, the government will have a uniform e-mail policy. “Government will create a new email address  and all government functionaries from top CM to down to the village assistant, have to communicate through this mail id only,” he added.

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