Hyderabad: The Central Govt. has been asked by Telugu Desam Party to form a committee of experts to assess the quantum of fund which is required to develop a new capital city for Andhra Pradesh state subsequent to the formation of Telangana state.
TDP chief N Chandrababu on Wednesday, told media, “According to our rough estimates, a staggering Rs 4-5 lakh crore will be required to build a new capital and comprehensively create necessary infrastructure. The new capital should be developed on par with Hyderabad.”
Chandrababu had placed some of his demands in front of Centre to fulfill before completing the formalities related to formation of Telangana state.
Chandrababu said, “The Centre should provide full monetary support for building the new capital. There are a number of central Public Sector Undertakings, research centres and premier educational institutions in Hyderabad. Similar institutions should be built in (new) Andhra Pradesh so that employment opportunities will be available for people of that region.”
“Besides, the Centre should also settle issues related to water-sharing, power, revenue-sharing and jobs. All these things should be incorporated in the State Re-organization Bill itself so that people across the regions will not be left with heartburn,” added Chandrababu.
He claimed that the experts committee should study all these issues, based on which the Centre should come out with a time-bound action plan and “perfect planning” for the development of a new capital city.
The former CM pointed out that the Union Budget currently was Rs 15 lakh crore and would touch Rs 25 lakh crore in the next ten years. Hence, funding should not be a problem.
However he added that some efforts should be made to attract private investment as well to develop infrastructure and industries to create more jobs.
Chandrababu said, “We always stood by our stand”. He also said that though the state would be getting divided in “inevitable circumstances”, all Telugu people should stay united without any ill-will.
He claimed, “It is the responsibility of the Centre to ensure that Telugus are not left with any heartburn or hatred. It should build confidence among all Telugu people through concrete actions and not mere statements.”