Visakhapatnam: A state-of-the-art Greyhounds training centre will be set up in Visakhapatnam, the Central government informed the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday. The training centre will be set up in a 400-acre land in Jagannadhapuram village of Anandapuram mandal in Visakhapatnam district.

Replying to an unstarred question by BJP MP Y.S. Chowdary, minister of state (Home) Nityanand Rai said the Centre, in April 2018, had approved the proposal to set up a Greyhounds training centre in Visakhapatnam at a cost of Rs. 219.16 crore.

Mr Chowdary had asked whether the Union government has received details of encumbrance-free land along with necessary clearance from the Andhra Pradesh government. In his reply, Mr Rai said the AP government had initially informed that the land had been identified in Venkatayapalem of Amaravati Capital Region. However, Stage II forest clearance could not be obtained. He said the GoAP has now said that an alternative a proposal has been made to the district collector and magistrate, Visakhapatnam, to allot 350 to 400 acres of land to set up the Greyhounds training centre in Jagannadhapuram village. An amount of Rs. 9.08 crore was released to the Andhra Pradesh government for the project during 2018-19, the MoS said. However, the state government has not yet intimated the Centre about the utilisation of the funds.

It may be recalled that the state government has already declared Visakhapatnam the Executive Capital and Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, on Wednesday, has reiterated that spending Rs. 1 lakh crore on Amaravati alone is not viable. The Chief Minister said that spending one-tenth of the same funds on Visakhapatnam would make it a better state capital.

The existing capital region is 40 kilometres away from the two capital region cities of Guntur and Vijayawada, Mr Reddy said, adding that the unrealistic approach of the earlier TDP government had caused major fiscal loss to the coffers of Andhra Pradesh. The state has been facing fiscal turbulence.

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