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AP CM Chandrababu says 'Ready for dialogue with capital farmers'

Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu is planning for an interaction with the capital region farmers on the objections they have been raising on the master plan for the new capital Amaravati. Speaking to media persons here on Monday, on his return from the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Naidu said he was aware of the objections being raised by some of the farmers. He said that he would listen to their problems and would address them. He further said that he was confident of convincing the farmers, who have extended their cooperation in land pooling for the capital.

However, he said it was not possible for anyone to satisfy everyone. “Some want the benefits of development given to them but they are not ready for any sacrifice. Some want expressway but have objections if the expressway passes through their land," the Chief Minister said. He also took exception to some of the parties creating confusion among the people and farmers on the master plan for the new capital. He said that the Singapore government had spent over six months to study the existing location and prepare the master plan. “When some development takes place, certainly there will be some physical changes. If a new road has to be laid, there will be several changes all along. Some lands have to be acquired and some houses have to be evacuated," he asserted.

He further said that even people would demolish existing houses to build a new one if they have money in hand. “No one can build a new house without demolishing the existing house. You need to look at this from the point of new house coming up in the location rather than looking at the demolition of the old house," he sought to explain and said that the world was looking at Amaravati as one of the best cities across the globe.
“There is a debate all over the world about Amaravati. It is possible because of the projections. If the people are not ready to cooperate, the investors will have second thoughts," Naidu said and added that he would soon meet the farmers and convince them on his development vision. “I was busy holding meetings with the global experts on various issues at Davos. After the meeting, I had rushed to Singapore all the way and had returned here. I know the feelings of the farmers and their objections to the master plan. I will sort out them shortly," he asserted.

The Chief Minister said that the State would have three industrial cities besides the new capital. The three cities are coming up at Achutapuram near Visakhapatnam, Yerpedu at Tirupati and Krishnapatnam in Nellore district. These industrial cities would be developed as part of the Visakhapatnam-Chennai and Bengaluru-Chennai industrial corridors, he said. In addition to these industrial cities, the State would also see the three smart cities of Visakhapatnam, Kakinada and Tirupati and a number of other cities would be developed over the period, he added.

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