MLA Topudurthi flays Venkaiah’s remarks

By T. Gopal Dec. 26, 2019, 09:51 pm IST
MLA Topudurthi flays Venkaiah’s remarks
YSR Congress MLA Topudurthi Prakash Reddy described as unfortunate the remarks of Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu who said that he was concerned about the insecure feeling of farmers of Amaravati region.
It was through land pooling that former chief minister Chandrababu Naidu had convinced the farmers that the land value per acre would shoot from Rs 15 lakh to Rs 10 crore once the capital was built as the Centre, the Singapore government and other organisations would be pooling money for the capital. This was how the farmers were forced to forego their lands, he said.
Farmers can’t be faulted for giving away their lands but it was Chandrababu Naidu who deceived them. And it is a fact that the land prices in Amaravati have shot up since the capital announcement was made. Why did the Vice-President not feel the same concern when people of Srikakulam and Vizianagaram were migrating to other places due to backwardness of the region?
Take for instance the plight of the farmers under Polavaram Project. Why has the Central government not released funds so far for the purpose?, the MLA asked. Is it not a sacrifice of the farmers of Polavaram whose lands would be submerged with the execution of the project? The Centre has to provide Rs 30 crores for the rehabilitation of the farmers which it had not done so far.
The Prime Minister had come for the stone-laying of Amaravati capital and said that it would be a world-class capital. While the capital building needed Rs one lakh crore, what had the previous government spent for the purpose? The TDP is expecting the present government to do what it was not possible for it to do in the past five years.
The MLA asked why the Vice-President had not expressed concern when scores of people were dying due to contamination of water with flouride content in Prakasam district? Why has he not reacted to the people who have died of kidney ailments in Udannam region of Srikakulam district? It was the BJP leaders who had promised to get Central funds for the welfare of the people of backward regions lkke Srikakulam and the Rayalaseema region, but why have they not kept their promise?
The MLA said Amaravati would remain the capital of the state and at the same time Vizag would be transformed into the executive capital. Paderu region might seem like a tourist destination for anybody but the tribal region is one of the most backward regions in the state. Hence the decision to have the executive capital in Vizag for the development of the Coastal Andhra region, he said.
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