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AP high court stays housing programme in Amaravati


The Andhra Pradesh high court on Thursday issued a stay order on the housing programme in R 5 zone in Amaravati. The three-member bench consisting of Justice D V S S Somayajuly, Justice Ch Manavendranath Roy and Justice Ravinadh Tilhari, directed the state government to stop construction of houses in the zone.

The Amaravati farmers have challenged the construction of houses in Amaravati. They have earlier opposed the distribution of house sites for the weaker sections in the R 5 zone. However, the state government secured clearance for the house sites distribution from the Supreme Court.

On July 24, chief minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy laid foundation stone for the construction of 50,000 houses here. The house sites were given to the eligible poor from the NTR and Guntur districts, even as the farmers opposed it.

The house sites in the R 5 zone were created by the present Jagan Mohan Reddy government to provide housing for the poor and weaker sections spread over Tadikonda and Mangalagiri Assembly constituencies. The government had allocated 1402 acres for the house sites in the R 5 zone.

The farmers and the Dalit Bahujan Welfare Association of Rayapudi approached the high court seeking cancellation of the house sites given to the 50,000 families in the R 5 zone. They have also appealed to the high court to cancel the construction of the houses, which was started by Jagan Mohan Reddy on July 24.

The state government had planned to construct all the 50,000 houses and hand them over to the beneficiaries. As the court had kept the orders aside and directed the government to stop construction of the houses, it is to be seen what the government would do now!

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Thullur turns war zone as police lay siege


Thullur village of Amaravati in Andhra Pradesh turned into a war zone on Wednesday with the police surrounding it. The police imposed prohibitory orders preventing rallies and protests in the village.

It all started with TDP Guntur district unit president and former MLA Tenali Sravan Kumar giving a call to hold dharna against the government’s decision to give house sites for the poor. The farmers of Amaravati villages have also extended support to Sravan Kumar’s protest.

On the other hand, the ruling YSR Congress activists have given a call for a motorcycle rally in the village in support of the government’s decision to give house sites for the poor.

The police stopped both the events on the grounds that they would lead to law-and-order problems. The police have clamped prohibitory orders in this mandal headquarters village and deployed heavy police force.

The police took over the dharna place of the TDP and the farmers. As the farmers tried to enter the dharna site, the police stopped them and shifted them from the venue. The farmers, particularly some women, resisted the police action leading to tension in the village.

The police shifted the women to the Thullur police station to prevent the protest. The police also arrested advocate and Jai Bhim Bharat Party president Jada Sravan Kumar and shifted him to the Thullur police station.

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Tension in Amaravati as farmers march towards Ambedkar memorial


Tension prevailed in Amaravati on Saturday as the farmers planned for a procession to the Ambedkar memorial at Sakhamuru village. The memorial was proposed by the TDP government as part of the Amaravati capital city plan.

However, the memorial was discarded by the successive YSR Congress government, which later took up a similar project on Swaraj Maidan grounds in Vijayawada.

The farmers, who have been opposing development of layouts in Amaravati as part of the R 5 (Residential) zone. The YSR Congress government introduced this R5 zone to provide house sites for the people of Guntur and NTR districts.

The farmers have lost the case in high court and have approached the Supreme Court. Meanwhile, with the government starting development works in the layouts, the farmers are opposing the works. They have been holding protests against the government taking up works in the layouts to be given to the poor, even as the case is pending before the Supreme Court.

The police stopped the farmers from proceeding to the Ambedkar Memorial from Thullur camp. As the police stopped them, some farmers escaped from the police and reached Ambedkar Memorial at Sakhamuru village.

As there was tension in the village, the police allowed some leaders to go to Sakhamuru ending the trouble.

Meanwhile, the police arrested advocate and Jai Bheem Party president Jada Sravan Kumar in Vijayawada, who was scheduled to participate in the farmers protest. The other day, the police arrested Amaravati forum leader Srinivasa Rao, who planned an indefinite hunger strike in support of the Amaravati farmers.

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Will Jagan stay in Amaravati if he loses the polls in 2024?


BJP Rajya Sabha member GVL Narasimha Rao on Saturday asked whether chief minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy will stay in Amaravati if he loses the 2024 general election. Speaking to media persons in Vijayawada, Narasimha Rao said that Jagan Mohan Reddy had destroyed the state in the last three and a half years.

He said that the IT sector in the state was destroyed under Jagan Mohan Reddy regime. Andhra Pradesh is nowhere in the IT sector, he added. He questioned why the state government was not working to bring new investments to the state.

The BJP leader accused the TDP and YSR Congress leaders of speaking about Andhra Pradesh only if they are in power. He said that these leaders would reside in Telangana if they lost power.

Referring to Jagan Mohan Reddy’s statement that he would stay in Andhra Pradesh unlike other leaders who are staying in Hyderabad, the BJP leader said that Jagan had said the same thing about Amaravati. However, after winning the 2019 election, Jagan had changed his stand on Amaravati with a three capitals plan, he said.

The BJP leader asked Jagan Mohan Reddy to give in writing that he would stay in Amaravati or Andhra Pradesh if his party loses power in the next election.

The BJP MP said that the regional party leaders were power hungry and had no plans to develop the state or work for the people. He wanted the people to keep these regional parties away and support the BJP for the overall development of the state.

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Thammineni discounts Amaravati yatra


AP Assembly speaker Thammineni Sitaram said that the padayatra from Amaravati to Arasavilli by some people was proved as a fake one. He said that there were hardly 70 farmers who hail from the Amaravati capital villages in the padayatra while the rest were all from Telangana and some were from the film industry.

Referring to the police checking the identification of the farmers as per the high court direction, the speaker said that the fake people were exposed during the verification process. He recalled that the court had given permission for 600 farmers to participate in the padayatra. The court had also given permission for four vehicles to accompany the farmers.

However, for all these years, there were hundreds of farmers found in the padayatra, while dozens of vehicles were accompanying them, the Speaker said. He further said that some of the participants were also making political statements against the ruling party and in support of the opposition TDP. He also said that some were even throwing challenges to the ruling party leaders and were tapping their thighs in full public view.

The participants also were speaking for TDP and making appeals to the people to vote against the YSR Congress, the Speaker said adding that some of the participants have even made derogatory statements against Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy.

He wondered why the participants have not provided their identification cards as directed by the court. This exposed the entire padayatra as fake and political, Sitaram asserted. He said that TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu was running the show with the TDP activists. Some Jana Sena activists too were taking part in the padayatra, he alleged.

He said most of the farmers in the 29 villages have sold their lands even before giving them in the land pooling system to the government. By selling the lands, the farmers have benefited exceptionally, he said and alleged that they were now targeting to get greater price for the plots that they were expecting from the government if Amaravati is developed as the capital.

“Some greedy people want Banjara Hills, Jubilee Hills prices in Amaravati lands. It took several decades for Banjara Hills and Jubilee Hills lands to get the present price. But the real estate buyers in Amaravati want the same price in one decade,” Speaker Thammineni Sitaram said.

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JP says changing Amaravati is not possible


Retired IAS officer and Lok Satha founder Dr N Jayaprakash Narayana, popularly known as JP, has said that shifting capital from Amaravati is not possible for this government. He said that the high court had given a clear judgment on the issue. He advised the State government to stop playing with the people in the name of three capitals.

He also asked the state government to develop Amaravati as capital as the previous government had taken lands from the farmers with written agreements. He further said that the previous government had promised the farmers that it would develop the capital city in their lands. Now, going back on this written commitment is not possible, he said and added that the court too had said the same.

JP, a former MLA, interacted with the media persons in Vijayawada on Sunday where he said that the present government in Andhra Pradesh was only looking after welfare ignoring development. While welcoming the welfare initiatives of the government, JP wanted the government to focus on development activities that would generate revenue to the state.

He wanted the government to focus on asset creation for the state or else the state would go the Sri Lanka way. He cautioned the government against wasting the state resources in the name of welfare programmes. He wanted the government to develop the state for the long-term returns.

Referring to the government schools’ pattern in Andhra Pradesh, JP welcomed the English medium instruction, but wanted teaching in mother tongue for the lower classes. Teaching in the mother tongue in early stages would give better results, he observed.

He also said that the admission rate in the government schools too had come down this year and asked the state government to concentrate on this point. He wanted the government to give a thought on why the children are not coming to the government schools.

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Tension in AP town as TDP stages protest over ex-minister’s remarks


Tension prevailed in Gudivada town of Andhra Pradesh’s Krishna district on Sunday during a protest by the leaders of opposition TDP against former minister Kodali Nani over his remarks against TDP president N. Chandrababu Naidu, general secretary Nara Lokesh and women leaders of the party.

Police detained Telugu Desam Party (TDP) leaders who reached Gudivada and were proceeding to the police station to lodge a complaint against Nani, MLA from Gudivada.

Soon after the leaders left the TDP office, the police arrested them. They included former minister Uma Maheswar Rao and former chairman of RTC Varla Ramaiah. The arrested leaders were shifted to Gudur police station.

Some more TDP leaders reached the town either by APSRTC buses or on two-wheelers to stage the protest. They were on their way to One Town police station to lodge the complaint but they were stopped by the police, who had erected barricades.

The police officers told TDP leaders to give them their complaint. However, the TDP leaders insisted that they be allowed to go to the police station and lodge the complaint. There was heated argument between the two sides, leading to pushing and jostling.

In the melee, some of the leaders managed to remove the police barricades. Raising slogans against Nani, they reached the police station but found its gate locked. They questioned the police officers over locking the gate instead of receiving their complaint. The police officers allowed four leaders to enter the premises. They lodged a complaint against the YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) leader and demanded action against him.

The TDP has taken strong exception to certain remarks made by Nani against women leaders of the party and also against Chandrababu Naidu and his son Nara Lokesh.

Earlier, a delegation of TDP leaders from Krishna district lodged a complaint with Tadepalli police against Nani.

Cautioning the YSRCP MLA to control his mouth, the TDP leaders said Nani would be chased away from Gudivada soon.

Women leaders of TDP had also tried to lay siege to the house of Nani in Gudivada on September 6.

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AP files affidavit in HC on Amaravati


The Andhra Pradesh government on Saturday filed an affidavit in the high court on its judgement on Amaravati. Chief secretary Dr Sameer Sharma filed the affidavit on behalf of the state government.

It was on March 3, the high court had given judgement directing the state government to develop the layouts in Amaravati and give plots to the farmers in 30 days. As the 30 days deadline is ending on April 3, the chief secretary had filed the affidavit in the court.

The state government and the AP Capital Region Development Authority have issued notices to the farmers to get their plots registered. But the farmers have refused to register the plots seeking more clarity from the government on the plots and the layouts.

The farmers wanted the government to first develop the layouts and clarify whether it would keep Amaravati as the only capital. The farmers said that they would not come for registration of plots unless the government gave a commitment on single capital, withdrawing the three capitals plan.

Though the government and the APCRDA have written letters twice to the farmers, the latter did not come forward in the stipulated period set by the high court. The chief secretary is believed to have explained the same in the affidavit.

It is to be seen what the high court would say in the light of the farmers’ refusal to register the plots. The court is also likely to refer to the special discussion in the Assembly on its judgment during the budget session.

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Amaravati farmers’ ‘Mahapadyatra’ pauses due to rains


Heavy rains on Thursday put brakes on ‘Mahapadyatra’ of Amaravati farmers in Andhra Pradesh’s Prakasam district.

The organisers of ‘Mahapadyatra’, held to demand that Amaravati be retained as the only state capital of Andhra Pradesh, announced that the participants will stay in Gudluru. The walkathon will resume from the same village on Friday.

For last couple of days, the farmers, including women, were continuing the foot march despite intermittent rains. In view of the forecast of heavy rains, the organisers decided to halt it for a day.

Titled ‘court to temple’, the walkathon from Amaravati to Tirupati began on November 1.

Raising slogans of ‘Jai Amaravati’, the protesters are covering 10-15 km every day.

After passing through various parts of Guntur district, the foot march entered Prakasam district last week. Villagers along the route are joining the farmers to show their solidarity.

Leaders of the Amaravati Parirakshana Samithi and Amaravati Joint Action Committee (JAC) claim that they are receiving huge support from farmers, women and other sections of society.

They demanded that the State government drop its plans for trifurcation of the state capital and retain Amaravati as the only capital.

The mega walkathon, which began from Thulluru, is scheduled to conclude at Tirupati on December 17.

The walkathon will continue for the next one month to reach Sri Venkateswara temple at Tirumala, passing through 70 major villages in Guntur, Prakasam, Nellore, and Chittoor districts.

Barring the ruling YSR Congress Party (YSRCP), all political parties are extending support to the ‘Mahapadyatra’. The YSRCP has, however, described the foot march as a ploy by TDP president and Leader of Opposition N Chandrababu Naidu.

Amaravati farmers had been protesting for 700 days against the state government’s plans for trifurcation of the State capital. With aMahapadyatra’ their protest entered a new phase.

After coming to power in 2019, the YSR Congress Party government led by YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has decided to shift the administrative capital to Visakhapatnam and the judicial capital to Kurnool while retaining Amaravati as only the legislative capital.

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Cops service notices on Amaravati farmers’ yatra in Parchuru


The Amaravati farmers yatra, which was launched on November 1 from Tulluru in the Amaravati capital area, entered Prakasam district on Saturday evening. It entered Parchur Junction. On day 6 of the yatra, a distance of 14 km was covered. The Yatra will go on on Sunday. But, there will be a holiday on Monday to enable the participants to perform Kartika Somavaram rituals.

The yatra, which is titled Nayasthanam to Devasthanam, is gathering momentum. More and more people are joining the yatra. The yatra has got the support of all parties except the YSRCP. The yatra would go on for 45 days and would end on December 17 at Tirupati. Congress leader Tulasi Reddy and renegade YSRCP MP Raghuramakrishnam Raju have extended their support to the yatra. Meanwhile, the CPI has asked its cadres to ensure the success of the farmers’ yatra.

Meanwhile, the Chirala police have served a notice to the participants of the yatra. The notice said that while only 157 persons were allowed to participate in the yatra, as many as 2500 persons were present at the yatra and that it was a clear violation of the provisions of the conditional permission given. Also, the police served a notice for using mikes. TDP general secretary Nara Lokesh condemned the police action.

On the other hand, Minister Botsa Satyanarayana said that the yatra was a TDP affair. He said only TDP workers were participating in the yatra and said that proposal to have three capitals was intended to achieve the all round development of all the regions of the state. He said the yatra indeed was a TDP yatra and that it has no support of the people at large.

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Will AMRDA will be declared as ‘defaulter’ of Amaravathi Happy Nest?


Happy Nest, once a most popular housing project in Amaravathi, that was promoted by the previous TDP government to boost real estate and construction activity in Amaravathi capital, has now become a big liability for AMRDA (Andhra Pradesh Metropolitan Development Authority).

The AMRDA now faces the risk of being declared as a ‘defaulter’, thanks to YSRCP government in AP, which ‘killed’ Amarvathi capital with its plans to create three capitals for AP.

Happy Nest project was conceived by the TDP government to construct 1,200 posh flats in high-rise buildings along the lines of high-rise buildings in Cyberabad limits in Hyderabad.

When the AP government opened online bookings to book flats, such was the huge response for this project was that within minutes all the 1,200 flats were booked. In fact, it was oversubscribed by several times as most of the non-resident Telugus from AP residing in US and other countries vied to book flats and the CRDA website crashed unable to handle the heavy traffic of visitors to the site.

However, with TDP losing power and YSRCP coming to power in May 2019, this project lost its sheen as the Jagan government decided to shift AP capital from Amaravathi to Vizag.

As per the original deadline, the Happy Nest project should be completed by December 2021 and flats should be handed over to beneficiaries.

Though only three months are left for the deadline, not even the construction works have been commenced let alone handing over flats. This is because none of the contractors are coming forward to undertake works for this project under the YSRCP regime. There is no response to tenders being called by AMRDA repeatedly.

Angered at this, beneficiaries have approached AP RERA to declare AMRDA as a defaulter for failing to deliver the project in time.

They are also planning to move AP High Court seeking directions to AP RERA to declare AMRDA as defaulters and direct it to pay compensation to beneficiaries.

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Actor Sonu Sood backs Amaravati farmers


Actor Sonu Sood on Thursday extended his support to farmers of Amaravati, who have been protesting for more than 600 days against the shifting of the state capital.

Some farmers from Amaravati including women called on Sonu Sood at Gannavaram Airport when he landed there for a visit to Vijayawada. They urged him to support their movement, which entered 632nd day on Thursday.

The actor, who has been playing good Samaritan since Covid-19 pandemic broke out last year and has been lending a helping hand to people in distress, assured the farmers that he is with them. “Of course I am with you,” he told farmers when they sought his support.

Farmers have been protesting at various places in Amaravati over the state government’s plans for trifurcation of the state capital. They are demanding that Amaravati be retained as the single state capital.

The YSR Congress Party government led by Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy has decided to shift administrative capital to Visakhapatnam and judicial capital to Kurnool while retaining Amaravati as only the legislative capital.

Meanwhile Sonu Sood, often called real hero for his support to poor and the needy, received a warm welcome at the airport from his fans. “Public is the real hero. We are just normal people,” he told reporters.

The actor was in Vijayawada to inaugurate a private hospital. He also had darshan at Kanaka Druga temple atop Indirakiladri. Temple officials accorded him a warm welcome. The temple priests blessed him and presented him ‘prasadam’ and mementoes.

Later, talking to reporters the actor said he prayed for an early end to the pandemic so that people can live the normal life again.

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AP High Court gets a feel of how Jagan destroyed Amaravathi!


Everyone is aware of how Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy killed Amaravathi capital in his two-year rule since May 2019 with his plans to shift executive capital from Amaravathi to Vizag and set up three capitals for AP in Vizag (executive capital), Kurnool (legal capital) and Amaravathi (legislative capital).

With this, all development projects undertaken during the previous TDP government between 2014 and 2019 came to a halt. Real estate has crashed in Amaravathi. All the investors ran out of Amaravathi.

The AP High Court too experienced the damage caused by Jagan to the Amaravathi capital now.

The AP government’s AMRDA (Amaravathi Metropolitan Region Development Authority) called for tenders to construct 14 court halls complex for AP High Court.

But it received just one tender as none of the contractors are keen to take up any works in the Amaravathi region with a fear that Jagan is against Amaravathi and the state government will not clear their bills after construction.

The tenders were called on August 16 to construct 14 court halls spread over 76,000 built-up area at a cost of Rs 29.40 crore in G+5 format.

With only one tender filed so far, the AMRDA is planning to cancel these tenders and call fresh tenders.

But doubts arise whether anyone will come forward to file tenders to undertake works in Amaravathi even after fresh tenders are called due to a strong feeling across all sections that Jagan hates the Amaravathi capital project conceived by former CM N.Chandrababu Naidu.

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Amaravathi turns war zone as capital agitation completes 600 days

Amaravathi capital region has turned into a war zone on Sunday (today) as the agitation by farmers and women demanding Jaganmohan Reddy government continue Amaravathi as the only capital of Andhra Pradesh completed 600 days on Sunday.

The YSRCP government deployed heavy police force in Amaravathi region to prevent farmers and women of Amaravathi capital region besides opposition TDP from holding any rallies to press their demand.

The police cordoned off entire capital region and allowing no one from outside to enter the capital region besides not allowing anyone to come on to the street to mark their protest against Jagan’s decision to shift capital from Amaravathi to Vizag and create three capitals for Andhra Pradesh.

The Amaravathi Parirakshana Samithi Joint Action Committee (JAC) has given a call to hold “Nyayasthanam to Devasthanam” (High Court to temple) rally on Sunday to mark the completion of 600 days of Amaravathi agitation.

However, the police obstructed them and took hundreds of farmers, women and TDP leaders, activists into custody.

The police blocked even media vehicles from entering the capital region to cover the 600 days of Amaravathi agitation.

TDP chief and former Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, Nara Lokesh, Yanamala Ramakrishnudu and several other leaders strongly condemned Jagan government deploying heavy police force in Amaravathi to obstruct peaceful rallies by farmers and women.

Chandrababu and Lokesh said Jagan killed Amaravathi out of political vendetta with TDP and deprived AP people of having a world-class capital city.

They said Jagan destroyed Amaravathi by demolishing buildings, roads etc in the last two years and by doing so Jagan has dug up his own grave and AP people are ready to bury Jagan government in the same grave in the next Assembly elections.

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Suspension notices against 3 TDP MLCs


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


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?


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


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


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


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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