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Updated: August 1, 2013 11:07 IST

Rs. 5 lakh cr. needed for new capital: Naidu

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TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu
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Telugu Desam president N. Chandrababu Naidu on Wednesday wanted the Centre to be liberal in granting funds for developing the new capital city for Andhra Pradesh (Seemandhra) which he said should be on a par with Hyderabad.

Addressing a press conference, Mr. Naidu said a huge amount of the order of Rs.4-5 lakh crore would be required for a new capital and unless the Centre came forward with assistance, it would become difficult to build it. This was among the demands he listed out.

Mr. Naidu refused to answer questions relating to the future of his party and protests in Seemandhra against Telangana, saying he would reserve his comments on politics to a later day.

In fact, the Centre should constitute an expert committee not only to study the requirements of building a new city that equals Hyderabad in terms of infrastructure, but sharing of water, revenue, power and jobs.

All these aspects should be incorporated in the Bill that would come up before the Parliament, to address the concerns of the people. “It is Centre’s responsibility to sort out all problems to the satisfaction of all people in a time-bound manner”.

Appearing reconciled to the creation of Telangana after it was cleared by UPA and CWC, he said in his first reaction, his party was bound by the letter handed over to the Centre in 2008 in favour of separate State.

Though the State stood divided, the party would work for the unity of Telugus in both the States. “We will show a statesman-like attitude but we would fight any injustice shown to any section of Telugu people.”

He said Hyderabad had a number of PSUs, research centres, international airport, convention centres and reputed educational institutes and the Centre should facilitate establishment of such infrastructure in the new capital and attract private investment.

Funds should not be a problem for the Centre as its budget now was Rs.15 lakh crore and it could go up to Rs. 25 lakh crore in the next ten years, he added.

Chandrababu Naidu... If you've ever attended history class in school (provided you ever went to one) you would've known that a capital cannot be established or bought with 5 lakh crore. Capitals are made by its citizens and decades of hard work. Every capital has a history, I'm pretty sure most of that 5 lakh crore will just fill in your pockets rather than going to the people as infrastructure, hospitality, roadworks, security for the common folks. Give Seemandhra a few decades and if its worthy it will become a capital without any moneys going into it.

from:  kalpesh patel
Posted on: Aug 2, 2013 at 08:10 IST

The Educated class of India dont understand democracy. Empire building is the order of the day. State borders are meaningless for Indians Citizens who can freely travel and move freely between them with all their rights protected. We should depoliticise the formation of states so that the nation can move forward faster.

from:  ProudIndianNRI
Posted on: Aug 2, 2013 at 00:32 IST

meanwhile UPA silently diluted FDI in retail norms for Walmart

from:  Mariamma
Posted on: Aug 2, 2013 at 00:20 IST

Naidu shut your mouth. Aren't you the one who supported separate Telangana or state division. Now less than 24 hours, you are talking about separate capital. Do you have any VALUES and PRINCIPLES. You better keep your mouth shut than talk nonsense.

from:  subramanyam
Posted on: Aug 1, 2013 at 15:04 IST

All politicians like Babu are now talking irrelevant things.The constitutional bill is only for formation of new state.You can not add any packages in the bill.To pacify the politicians,the Government may say that they will assist andhra say 5 lakh rupees.After wards they can not give even 20 of it. Who will be responsible for it . Babu will say I got so much money for the state and will go for elections. After 5 years he will scold congress that they have betrayed andhra and again score a point. When we will come out of such tricks.

from:  AN REDDY
Posted on: Aug 1, 2013 at 11:03 IST

Knowing all these things, how Naidu has given consent for separation? Has he not betrayed the Andhra people and their sentiments? All are political opportunists.

from:  manohar
Posted on: Aug 1, 2013 at 08:54 IST

Don't we think spending this money for the welfare & development of United Andhra instead of dividing states and making us weaker...

from:  Indian
Posted on: Aug 1, 2013 at 07:48 IST

It is called safe politics....babu is trying to play safe with both regions

from:  srinivasboppu
Posted on: Aug 1, 2013 at 06:38 IST

For these reasons centre should not be lacking in any funds. Centre lacks in funds in case of disasters like Uttarakhand floods.

from:  Vidhi
Posted on: Aug 1, 2013 at 06:17 IST

This entire credit goes to Students , Peoples and Politicians of Telangana. Because they have their strong desire of Separate telangana and they have strong unity to formation but unfortunately Rayalaseema and Costal Andhra peoples doesn't raised any unity before against of telangana . This total lost belongs to rayalaseema and coastal Andhra peoples only. We have strong leaders in andhra but they are playing political dramas to get the positions but they are not fighting for peoples. Wake up andhra...

from:  kavya
Posted on: Aug 1, 2013 at 06:05 IST

This entire credit goes to Students , Peoples and Politicians of Telangana. Because they have their strong desire of Separate telangana and they have strong unity to formation but unfortunately Rayalaseema and Costal Andhra peoples doesn't raised any unity before against of telangana . This total lost belongs to rayalaseema and coastal Andhra peoples only. We have strong leaders in andhra but they are playing political dramas to get the positions but they are not fighting for peoples. Wake up andhra...

from:  kavya
Posted on: Aug 1, 2013 at 06:04 IST

At least one politician is talking about unity of Telugus and protecting interests of Telugu people irrespective of where they come from.

from:  Ravindra
Posted on: Aug 1, 2013 at 06:01 IST

Kudos to Chandrababu Naidu for raising real questions amid the mad frenzy of state bifurcation. Andhra pradesh will be doomed without any funds for making a new capitol and without the revenues generated from Hyderabad.

from:  Sarath
Posted on: Aug 1, 2013 at 06:00 IST

This a golden opportunity for the new state to have a visionary leader like chandrababu to develop from scratch a model city . all wishes to the new state and its people

from:  Narendra
Posted on: Aug 1, 2013 at 02:21 IST

when the country is suffering with inflation,economical instability our great congress leaders are playing politics by dividing the country.same congress who united our country from 300 states to 28 now wants to divide it into numerous parts. its a sin to be an Indian middle class general boy when the congress is donating phones to mnrega people at the same time letting the poor middle class people die out of hunger ,unemployment..true but pathetic reality of real india............

from:  swapnajeet
Posted on: Aug 1, 2013 at 01:35 IST

So many other resources would go to telengana including coal blocks,alumina etc and Andhra could not ask central government to provide that for them.Also InternationalAirports are not provided in all the states.

from:  T.s.gopalakrishnan
Posted on: Aug 1, 2013 at 01:29 IST

I hope the politicians and beuracrats have sense to build a green field city and not occupy existing cities. It may come up a hundred kilometres from am existing city so they can share an airport a fast train and road link to and existing city will ease the growing pains. I hope they build a dense high rise city with extensive public transport in place for future growth. Finally Naidu's dream of building a Singapore can come true. Put in place metro and extensive parks and public places and places for religious structures so the tendency to occupy public property is discouraged,

from:  Baba
Posted on: Aug 1, 2013 at 00:21 IST
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