'AP govt into real estate biz on farmers' land'
The Andhra Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) on Tuesday pooh-poohed Andhra Pradesh government’s decision to adopt the Swiss Challenge system for building Amaravati.
- According to Tulsi Reddy, unless the State government makes public its share in the Singapore consortium on farmers’ lands in the capital region, other companies cannot challenge it
- the conditions set by Singapore consortium are all one-sided. If the State government cancels the contract, it had to pay 100 to 150% extra on market value and if the consortium goes back, the State had to purchase it for existing market value, Tulsi said
“There is absolutely no challenge in the Swiss Challenge system,” said APCC vice president N Tulsi Reddy while talking to media persons at Indira Bhavan here. Ridiculing the whole system, Tulsi Reddy said that unless the State government makes it public its share in the Singapore consortium on farmers’ lands in the capital region, other companies cannot challenge it. “But neither the Singapore consortium nor the State government is revealing this particular fact,” he said.
He added that Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu who claims that he was going for the Swiss Challenge system only to ensure transparency was keeping this crucial matter as a closely-guarded secret. “Then where is the transparency that Chandrababu claims,” he asked. The State government is only going for real estate business on farmers’ lands and it looks like enjoying at someone’s cost, the APCC leader remarked. Even the conditions set by the Singapore consortium are all one-sided.
If the State government cancels the contract, it had to pay 100 to 150 per cent extra on market value and if the consortium goes back on its contract, the State government had to purchase it at the existing market value, he added. “Will any leader, who works in the interest of the State, accept such conditions,” he asked. Chandrababu owes a reply to public as it is the public money and farmers’ lands that are involved in the whole transaction, Tulsi Reddy said.
Party general secretary Janga Gowtham said that the Chief Minister and his Cabinet colleagues are looting the State. He asked why the State government was conducting a survey when the Centre had already completed similar exercise. “What purpose does it serve unless the Chandrababu government has a hidden agenda,” he asked.