Andhra Pradesh has been undergoing severe cash crunch, especially in view of the scores of government buildings and infrastructure that need to be built in the new state capital. It hence came as a major relief when the centre has agreed to provide Rs 50,000 crore for construction of new buildings in the capital and infrastructure in a phased manner.
At a time when the pressure is mounting to assign special status to the newly formed Andhra Pradesh, AP Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu has received communication from centre assuring funds for the construction of government buildings in Amaravathi, and that translates to development in the tune of 70 lakh square feet area where there would be the State Secretariat, Raj Bhavan, legislative assembly, council, high court, CMO and residence, MLA quarters, accommodation for all India Service Officers and State government employees. This was revealed by the Union Minister for State for Science and Technology, YS Choudary, who is actively involved in the negotiations with the state.
In addition to setting up government offices, the Centre proposed to help in creating basic infrastructure, and the cost will be shared by four ministries – Power, Surface Transport, Urban development and Railways.
However, it is known that AP CM had asked for separate funds to construct outer ring road, flood management scheme and Vijayawada airport, and according to sources the centre has agreed to bear this expenditure too.
AP government is also trying to influence the centre to provide additional assistance for construction of national institutions like IIT, IIM, IISC and IIITin the state, and the minister hopes that the funds lying with his ministry in the form of R&D Import cess can be utilized for this purpose. On the whole one hopes that what Chowdhary has claimed are real agreements and not just a few announcements to appease the masses, when emotions are high.