Hyderabad: The MLAs of the Telugu Desam Party in Andhra Pradesh could go for mass resignation to protest the proposed shifting of the capital from Velagapudi to Visakhapatnam. The party apparently has taken this stand in its attempt to embarrass the ruling YSRCP.

Sources said TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu held an emergency meeting at his residence yesterday where he sought the opinion of senior party leaders about the “mass resignation” strategy. “The chief asked our opinion over the strategy and we have accepted it,” said a TDP legislator.

All the MLAs of TDP will resign on the day when the government tables the resolution for shifting of the capital in the assembly, said the TDP leader. In the 175-seat House, TDP has 23 members.

At the emergency meeting, party leaders also supported Naidu’s decision to sit for a “deeksha” in New Delhi to garner support at the national level for the capital in Amaravati. “With the capital agenda, we will exert YSRCP to go for elections again,” a senior TDP leader said, adding that their move will land YSRCP in “a moral confusion”.

Earlier, an emotional Galla Jayadev, the Guntur MP, had mooted the proposal of tendering resignations en masse, though he had been told then that the party could not take such a decision, just relying upon the sentiments and emotions of the people.

However, few more TDP seniors have recalled how the YSRCP had won bye-elections after the demise of Dr YS Rajasekhar Reddy on emotional lines. A similar kind of atmosphere is now prevailing in AP, and even Rayalaseema people are against the plan to make Visakhapatnam the capital, said a TDP leader. He said the ‘en masse resignation’ strategy will help the TDP get mileage in the public. “In case a few TDP MLAs do not want to resign, this will be their last term as MLA.”

Since the TDP chief is not sure as to how many MLAs would be with the party, he wants to adopt this new strategy to garner public support through the Amaravati agenda, said sources. Apart from that, they said, Naidu wants to consolidate anti-NDA forces at the national level to showcase his strength on this particular issue.

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  • PRESS NOTE FROM Dr. S. Jeevananda Reddy
    AP Need to build Canberra & Brasilia type Green-field Capital: “Visakhapatnam Worse than Amaravati”

    Dr. S. Jeevananda Reddy 6/1/2000
    Formerly Chief Technical Advisor – WMO/UN & Expert-FAO/UN
    Fellow Telangana Academy of Sciences
    Convenor, Forum for a Sustainable Environment
    [email protected]

    Andhra Pradesh (AP) Capital turned in to a war zone between Green-field Amaravati worrier N. Chandrababu Naidu and Brown-field Visakhapatnam worrier V. Vijayasai Reddy. In both the cases the target is amass wealth through real estate forgetting the facts on suitability of sites for AP Capital. In this war the losers are people of AP and environment.
    1. Green-field Amaravati: A politician with media [both print & electronic], Investigating Agencies like CBI & Judiciary in his hands stoop to any level to amass wealth and to get power. Chandrababu is one such lucky politician. He does not feel ashamed for talking lies, using vulgar language, etc. Have you watched Yellow Media recently? If you want learn modern Journalism, you must watch “VERY RICH” Yellow Media. They teach the type of “VULGAR” language you need to use & actions to attract the public attention and thus become rich overnight.
    Unfortunately, they don’t feel shame in conducting discussions/interviews in such a vulgar language to achieve their goal. A person who held CM Gaddi for nearly 15 years talks openly lies. For example he says (a) “I choose the Amaravati in between Guntur and Vijayawada as per Justice Sivaramakrishna Committee”. It is a greatest lie [they quote out of 4728 people approached the committee, around 1156 gave their preference]. Let us ask him to show the page in the report where it was reported!!!
    On the contrary the committee observed that the location between Guntur and Vijayawada is unsuitable for the establishment of capital and suggested dry areas of government land in Prakasham district. Also, environmental groups rejected Amaravati proposal on several counts. But at this site there is no chance to get land for real estate activity to amass wealth. So, Chandrababu choose the fertile agriculture land that are being used to grow three crops in a year in between Guntur and Vijayawada, a very bad policy; and (b) Chandrababu says “Farmers gave their lands on their free will to land pooling for the capital at Amaravati” but it is a another greatest lie [see the media reports of that time] – lands were taken with force and even assigned lands were grabbed against the law.
    2. Brown-field Visakhapatnam: On Amaravati as Capital to AP, the Boston Consultancy Group (BCG) observed that “Further technical studies suggest that the area from the riverfront is highly prone to flooding/inundation and is not recommended for construction”. But they failed to comment on Visakhapatnam. Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) released an index (CEPI) for industrial clusters/areas in India for the year 2009 in which for Patancheru in Hyderabad the index was 70.07 and for Visakhapatnam this was 70.82, wherein > 70 should be considered as critically polluted industrial clusters/areas. With Pharma City is in full operative, now the index may be for higher for Visakhapatnam. Also, it is a sensitive place in terms of Defence establishments, adda for several types of anti-social activities & it is under the control of drug mafia. Earthquakes and cyclones affect Amaravati and Cyclones affect Visakhapatnam. As long as Capital City is viewed as “Golden Egg” Goose, it only serves the politicians to mint money. Public are “Fools”, they don’t understand this simple logic.
    3. Green-field Capital: The BCG coined new terminology to reject Amaravati and to accept Visakhapatnam. They are Green-field and Brown-field in terms of capital investments. They used these concepts to refer indirectly to newly built city and use of existing city. They respectively refer to Amaravati and Visakhapatnam.
    BCG submitted few days ago an interim report wherein they suggested a ‘Brown-field capital’ would be the best suited rather than a ‘Green-field capital’ that involves huge costs. To counter this theory, Chandrababu brought in new theory that “if capital is moved out of Amaravati, government has to pay around Rs. 72,000 crores towards the compensation to farmers who parted their land. That means, with this Brown-field Capital becomes more expensive to build.
    BCG to prove their point, they referred several new capitals built around the world over the last 50 years. Then come up with saying that “For a state like ours, Brown-field capital will do, where the cost of development will be minimal – that means use of existing city as capital city. It is a meaningless argument.
    BCG referred in their report the Australia and the Brazil. In terms of area both the countries are very big. These countries have Green-field capitals, namely Canberra for Australia and Brasilia for Brazil. Commercial cities flourished elsewhere in these countries – Melbourne, Sydney, Sao Polo, and Rio de Jeneiro. Guntur, Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam, etc. can work in this direction. This is clearly evident from BCG observations that “To manage the investment requirements, while still ensuring the development of Amravati region, they have prioritised focus on education, food and fisheries and hi-tech organic agriculture hubs. Focused efforts on these clusters are to ensure employment creation and faster development.” This concept already is exists around this location. The “three Capitals Concept” is used to fool the people and get their blind support to Visakhapatnam as Capital of AP. Around 75% of activities of the Capital will be located in Visakhapatnam only. Most of the development will be concentrated in Visakhapatnam, similar to Hyderabad with heavy migration.
    4. Decentralized development: Panchayat Raj system is part of decentralization of rule at Panchayat, Mandal, and Zilla Parishad levels. Government has already announced the plans to go for elections to these bodies. At present AP has 13 districts and government is contemplating to raise it to 25. It provides more way of decentralization of power [if implemented in true spirit] unlike three bogus capitals concept.
    BCG suggests ways to drive balanced regional growth across AP in industry, agriculture, infrastructure and social indicators by dividing the state in to six groups. However, they are not new, (late) Dr. Y. S. Rajashekar Reddy government initiated most of them in a better way. For example:
    Agriculture sector: To save farmers from committing suicides and help in increasing the economic and food-nutrient security proposed to implement co-operative agriculture system. Here farmers themselves should form in to groups and decide the crop pattern according to the local weather conditions, and use natural resources effectively. Black paper on agriculture was released by CLP in Assembly Press Gallery on 15-2-2001 – on 16th Edition (Newstoday – Newstime) the heading of the news was “Cong advocates cooperative farming”. After Dr.YSR took over as CM in 2004, he asked the advisor to prepare the plan of action on this. Unfortunately the advisor played manipulated game [as he was former advisor to World Bank which is in favour of Chandrababu’s corporate agriculture system] by putting the caption as “cooperative farming” and the text was that of TDPs “corporate farming”. I brought to the notice of Dr. YSR the advisor’s mischief [see The New Indian Express 24-7-2009 & also in Sakshi] and got it stopped. If they would have implemented this scheme, the farmers’ life would have changed a lot. This includes establishment of food processing units, storage facilities, easy way to get loans, subsidies, better utilization of resources, etc.
    Irrigation: According to 1999-00 statistics in undivided AP around 37.27% was under canals, 14.85% under tanks and 43.34% under wells. Dr. YSR signed the 1st file on the day of swearing ceremony relating to free power to agriculture for 9 hours benefitting well irrigation farmers. Also announced major policy decision on irrigation through “Jalayagnam”. Here he included surplus water utilization projects, linking of Krishna-Godavari through Polavaram, raised the capacity of Pothireddypadu, built Pulichintala & Gundlakamma barrage, etc.
    Corridors: Dr. YSR announced the Coastal-Corridor [I made an observation on this, see Sakshi 14-11-2008] and Bangalore to Chennai Corridors projects. Also announced Petrochemical infrastructure & University, etc.
    Drastic reduction in rural to urban population migration: TV9 used to Telecast Mr. CM Programme once in a week [Now PM is doing the same under Man-ki-bath]. On Urban issues, I was invited along with Krishna Rao from DC and another journalist. The first question Dr. YSR asked me was: How we should go with urban areas? I responded that government must stop people migrating from rural to urban. Then he asked me why? Sir, you announced Jalayagnam, if rural people migrate to urban areas then who will reap the riches from your scheme! To stop migration develop employment generating schemes such as building of food processing units, build storage facilities, improve the health care and education, etc.
    5. Success and failure of new capital: The success and failure of new capital relates to several factors, for example the purpose or objective. However, consultant groups and politicians are misusing the word “Capital”. For a state or country, it is an administrative centre. From the above it is clear that Visakhapatnam was proposed as administrative centre to AP and thus whatever might be the jugglery, it is the Capital for AP. Concentrated growth around capital city; even if it is Green-field Capital; destroy the capital environment making the life of people living in there miserable.
    Take the case of Delhi & Hyderabad: they were excellent clean and green cities. After becoming capitals of India & undivided AP, politicians to meet their greed destroyed them. Now they are Pollution Capitals and the cost of living gone by thousands of time. Here air and water are highly polluted. This has a several ramifications on humans and their economy. Urban flooding became a major issue. Here the rulers did not limit the capital as administrative capital but allowed to expand the city allowing migration of people from around the country/state with all sorts of activities that destroyed the face of Capital. But this is not so with Green-field Capitals such as Canberra in Australia and Brasilia in Brazil. Don’t you think AP also needs such a Capital? From all the media reports, it is clear that there will not be three capitals but only one Capital at Visakhapatnam, a “very bad” idea – penam (Amaravati) lo ninchi poyyilo (Vijag-Bheemili) padinatlu. YSRCP appears interested to follow the TDP foot-steps.
    The government must tell the public that their objective of choosing Visakhapatnam as Capital to AP is to mint money through real estate or serve the administration. Newsmeter report observed that “Satellite images show lush green Amaravati turn barren in 4 years”; but this must be otherwise for Green-field Capital. Brown-field Capital is already filthy and with the time becomes filthier.
    TDP government in fact allocated around of 25,000 acres of government land [former forest land] to Japan Company for real estate. This area is the best choice for capital city of AP. Here it is free from environmental hassles. There would have been “no” inside-trading issue or assigned land issue. This can be developed as “Clean & Green Capital City, similar to Canberra in Australia & Brasilia in Brazil. Government can develop regional centres to achieve the decentralization.
    Dr. S. Jeevananda Reddy

  • Continuation to above:

    The following was sent to Prime Minister of India for Urgent Action [2/1/2020]: —- Visakhapatnam is in a high “National Security Zone”. Here Precautionary Principle as stipulated by the Supreme Court in one of the cases plays the important role. Once Visakhapatnam becomes AP Capital, Visakhapatnam automatically goes in to the State Government Control. It jeopardizes the Security of defence installations. This will automatically weaken the National Security. Also, it is an “adda” to several anti-social activities, thus these make more vulnerability to National Security.
    Even if we take [Government talk] the financial viability aspect, after shifting from Amaravati to Visakhapatnam, administration will be operated from existing isolated infrastructure around Visakhapatnam only. This severely affects the lives of employees and their families for benefitting ruling clan to mint money. Same is the case with shifting from Hyderabad to Amaravati, though they would have stayed in Hyderabad for at-least ten years until building the new permanent capital. For locating Capital, government is planning to build new structures elsewhere in Visakhapatnam. The same could be achieved by keeping administration in Amaravati temporary buildings and construct Green-filed [clean and green] Capital of AP in 25,000 acres of land allocated to Japan Company. No need to have three capitals as it is centre to 13 districts or future 25 districts unlike Visakhapatnam – two versus ten districts on either side. However, it serves the vested interests of the ruling clan by wasting public money. Unfortunately, TDP the main opposition has also more vested interests here, so politicians are not opposing the Visakhapatnam as capital. The main losers are people from dry-greater Rayalaseema region and employees.
    Appeal-Urgent: Request to stop shifting of AP Capital to Visakhapatnam. Otherwise it will be “jeopardizing the National Security and lives of Greater Rayalaseema people & employees”.

    Sakshi’s view point:

    Sakshi daily newspaper has been trying to counter Eenadu and Andhra Jyothy daily newspapers by confusing people with very poor quality “His Master” reports by committees. Sakshi quoted Niti Aayog’s report prepared based on UN’s 17 characters for all round growth that includes socio-economic-environmental conditions in 0 to 100 point scale. Tamil Nadu-Telangana-Andhra Pradesh stood at third place with 67 points. Kerala got 70 points and Himachal Pradesh got 69 points with 1st and 2nd places. That means in all these states development has taken place in a balanced way.
    Sakshi tried to show the distance to capital is not the principal component that affected the all-round growth. Yes, it is true. Even Canberra the capital to very big Australia is not at the centre. Village level people have no interest to go to national capital Delhi as the issues dealt by the centre are different from that of a state. Even at the state level, Panchayat Raj System de-centralized the developmental activities and administration [but not implementing in true spirit of the Act]. Yet district level people needed access to capital as administration is concentrated – here three capitals are bogus “eye-wash”. So, if the capital is centrally located, it is easy to access the capital by common man.
    Sakshi tried to present the impact of floods on Amaravati – quoting IIT Chennai. There is nothing new as environmental groups brought to the notice of Justice Sivaramakrishna Committee and who raised this in his report and thus rejected Amaravati zone for Capital of AP. However, Sakshi was silent on even the worst scenario with cyclones on Visakhapatnam or pollution issues or security issues or illegal activities issues.
    On 11th and 12th January, 2019 Kerala government demolished multi-storeyed lake front buildings in few seconds as directed by the Supreme Court [cases were filed in 2007] for violation of Environmental Acts in Coastal Regulation Zone [CRZ]. Such violations are rampant in Visakhapatnam that increases sea erosion and incursion of salt water on land. Cyclonic fury will devastate the coast line as mangroves were finished. While questioning Amaravati, Sakshi did not raise these issues also. Why?
    Then the question is why capital is at Visakhapatnam? Why not the capital at Anantapur, or for that matter at any other district headquarters? If we apply Niti Aayog criteria for the capital selection, the principal component is environment as under clean and green capital socio-economic criteria goes out. Then Visakhapatnam is not suitable. Then, why the present government is harping on Visakhapatnam similar to Chandrababu harping on Amaravati?
    Andhra Pradesh has to build its new Capita either at Amaravati or at Visakhapatnam!!! Environmental point of view both are not unfit as capital city. Previous government and the present government are looking at capital as “real estate venture” capital. Anyhow, the present government has to build a capital, then why not the government select a place centrally located to the state and built clean and green city. This will overcome all the controversies and hurdles and get United Nations help from Green Fund”.

    Dr. S. Jeevananda Reddy

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