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Updated: November 17, 2013 11:33 IST

Centre plans a bounty for Seemandhra

Ravi Reddy
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GoM believed to have zeroed in on several infra projects for inclusion in draft Bill

The Group of Ministers (GoM) looking into the bifurcation of the State is trying hard for creation of visible assets in residuary Andhra Pradesh so that they help assuage the feelings of people of the Seemandhra region.

During its wide ranging consultations with the Secretaries of various Ministries, the GoM is believed to have zeroed in on several infrastructure projects for inclusion in the draft State Reorganisation Bill so that Seemandhra region does not feel let down after bifurcation.

One such visible project is to build an express highway and introduce a high speed train between Hyderabad and the new capital city and make them operational in the shortest possible time.

The idea is to see that there is considerable traffic movement between the two States, apart from the broader objective of satisfying the Seemandhra people who may not come to grips with the loss of Hyderabad as their capital. Also under consideration is identifying towns and cities in Seemandhra that will have a network of express highways.

Railway zone

Sources said the Centre could consider sanctioning a separate railway zone for Andhra Pradesh once South Central Railway goes to Telangana.

Technically, Guntur, Vijayawada and Guntakal division fall in SCR limits while Waltair division is part of East Coast Railway. A new zone may be created by merging Guntur, Vijayawada, Guntakal and Waltair divisions. The GoM is also examining a proposal to lay a new railway line from Srikakulam to Nellore.

Once Hyderabad is made Union territory like Pondicherry and Karaikal
within Tamil Nadu the activists will loose interest in separate
Telangana. It is a bit easy to separate states but the problems which
are created because of this will last for ever like between India and
Pakistan .

from:  sbalaraman
Posted on: Nov 20, 2013 at 00:25 IST

The potentiality of Hyderabad today is the result and contribution of
the hardwork and intelligence of the Andhra people which took 25 years
for them to come to this stage .This is a non argumental truth .Simply
giving packages will not satisfy the Andhra people because it is the
time that they will lose again in building a capital and
infrastructure.People are not fools for falling to the cheap gimmicks
made by the Political leaders in terms of packages .

from:  Raja
Posted on: Nov 19, 2013 at 10:29 IST

Though, the proposals come, we know about our government. It will take another 10 years to implement. Seemandhra doesnt have any excellent educational institutes. All educational institutes are with Telangana and Seemandhra have all temples. Only Hyderabad is focused for state growth before bifurcation. Now, if it is no more with Andhra then no credit to the new state. AP was not like others states in India. If you take TN, though Chennai is capital, there are many secondary cities like Coimbatore (IT SEZ next to Chennai), Trichy (IIM Trichy)...Etc. But in AP, there is only one city is focused and grown. That is Hyderabad. When we will get those facilities in Seemandhara state? Govt should take care of all future possible disputes between these two states and they should give a strategic planning solution with eco-friendly.

from:  Hemakumar
Posted on: Nov 18, 2013 at 09:46 IST

Having decided to give in to the bifurcation demand, it would have been better to ensure allocation of budgets and commence the implementation of all these proposals first before announcing the decision. We certainly know how to put the cart before the horse.

In any case all possible conflicts in resource sharing must be projected and resolved in blueprint, publicly discussed, accepted and ratified by the parliamentary parties on both sides of the divide cutting across political lines before the bifurcation is formally ratified...

It is mighty silly and stupid economics and homeland security policy to not anticipate hurdles to assured peaceful democratic living by people on both sides of the divided opinion.

At any cost the responsibility of the politicians must lie on preventing any degradation of quality of life and avoiding the path of assured mutual destruction that will ensue if pro telangana supporters and pro seemandhra supporters flare up in armed violence against each other.

from:  r n iyengar
Posted on: Nov 17, 2013 at 12:23 IST
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