Visakhapatnam: Dismissing allegations made by TDP leaders, YSR Congress Party’s General Secretary and Member of Rajya Sabha, V Vijayasai Reddy declared on Thursday that he does not own any properties except his house or lands in Visakhapatnam. He also ruled out any conspiracy behind the decision to develop the city as the State’s Executive capital.
“I only own a three bed-room flat, which is my residence here. Some TDP leaders have been making baseless allegations against me by citing that YSRC leaders purchased huge lands in Vizag city and hence were shifting the capital from Amaravati,” Mr Vijayasai Reddy said.
He added, “Our party leaders never directed officials to settle land disputes in Vizag to favour anyone. We shall not tolerate land scams and will be tough against land-grabbers.”
Vijayasai Reddy said that that the State Cabinet, after its meeting, will approve and announce Vizag as Executive capital, Amaravati as Legislative capital and Kurnool as Judiciary capital of Andhra Pradesh on Friday. Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy will visit Vizag on Saturday after the three capitals announcement.
Meanwhile, even before the Cabinet’s approval, the government on Thursday issued seven GOs for administrative sanction of Rs 394.5 crore to various departments towards development works.
Sanctions were accorded to Visakhapatnam Metropolitan Region Development Authority (VMRDA) for Rs 80 crore (Of this Rs 20 crore from GVMC under Smart City funds) for the multi-level card parking (MLCP) and commercial space at Siripuram in Vizag city; Rs 37 crore for establishment of Planetarium at Kailasagiri; Rs 88 crore for Natural History Park and Museum Research Institute in Vizag and Rs 40 crore for establishment of Integrated Museum and Tourism Complex (IMTC) along with underground parking facility at Beach Road.
Vizag District Collector V Vinay Chand said that Jagan Mohan Reddy will lay foundation stone for the seven projects of VMRDA and GVMC during his visit to the city. He will also inaugurate the two-day Visakha Utsav, which is a major tourism festival in Vizag.