Naidu losing hope on special status
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has dropped enough hints that it is almost impossible for AP to get the ‘special status’ that had been promised by the Centre before bifurcation. "No doubt I want the State to be given the special status, but we will have to wait and see.
At least, the Centre should extend all possible help to the newly formed State, which does not have even its own capital," he told the media here Monday, after a delegation of the Singapore government submitted a master plan for building AP’s capital. Naidu expressed his hope that the Centre would extend assistance to the State in financial and policy matters. "Already the Urban Development Ministry has released Rs 1,000 crore and another Rs 500 crore for capital building.
I am expecting the Centre to continue the help till the development of the capital is complete as the State is passing through severe financial crisis," he remarked. Naidu made it clear that the upcoming capital would be integrated with the Vanpic area, along with the Machilipatnam port and other areas. All sectors would be developed and the place transformed into an economic, social and employment hub, he said.
Although Singapore firms would be involved during the process of building the capital, companies from other countries like China and Japan would be welcome if they had better ideas, he suggested. He mentioned that only 17,000 acres of the targeted 33,000 acres of land for the capital were handed over to the government till was paid to the farmers. "I want the farmers who have voluntarily come forward to give their land for the capital building to get maximum benefits ," he said. Singapore Minister Eashwaran said that this was the second capital master plan designed by his country.