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Judge reminds of challenges in capital building

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As revolutionary changes are set to take place in Vijayawada, the govt. should have a long-term vision, failing which the consequences could be disastrous, says Justice J. Chalameswar

While welcoming the grand plans for the construction of a world-class capital, Supreme Court judge J. Chalameswar cautioned the government about the inherent challenges it could face, particularly those pertaining to protection of nature.

He sought to know what a beautiful city was and whether there was any benchmark for that and asserted that urbanisation should not impact environment. “There are instances of civilizations growing at the cost of nature. Such models of development have to be avoided if the capital is to be a truly beautiful one,” Justice Chalameswar said.

Releasing a book titled Krantadarsi TV on former Mayor T. Venkateswara Rao here on Saturday, Justice Chalameswar advised Mayor K. Sridhar and Irrigation Minister Devineni Umamaheswara Rao to be cautious while drawing grandiose plans for the capital so as to not repent later when something goes wrong.

Being at the core of the capital region, revolutionary changes are set to take place in and around Vijayawada. Unless the government has a long-term vision and an effective mechanism for foolproof implementation of projects, the consequences could be disastrous.

“To dream of a city like Singapore is good. But, in the island nation, commercial establishments are not allowed to crop up along road margins, as such activity spurs unbridled growth. There are pre-designated places for shopping there. To the contrary, in India, there is a habit of seeking exemptions under municipal and other Acts. Such things cannot happen if any city is to be developed into one of global standards,” Justice Chalameswar said.

Delhi is a beautiful city planned by eminent British architect Edwin Lutyens. Fortunately, it has some greenery left after the rash of urbanisation. Still, it has the dubious distinction of being the country’s most polluted city. It is, therefore, imperative that lessons should be learnt from it, he added.

“For good or bad, the capital is coming up in the vicinity of Vijayawada, and nothing should be left to chance in transforming it into a city, which is in harmony with nature and convenient for people to live in,” Justice Chalameswar said.

He added that Mr. Venkateswara Rao was known for probity in public life, and he should be a role model for the next generation of politicians.

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