Demanding the government to immediately withdraw the villages that are resisting the land pooling from the capital city, NAPM threatened to launch national level movement against the government if it did not relent. A delegation of NAPM comprising its leader Bhupathiraju Ramakrishnam Raju and environmental scientist K Baburao visited the river bank villages Undavalli, Penumaka, Errabalem and Nidamarru identified for land pooling on Tuesday.
“Almost all the farmers from the villages we visited are against the location of capital city in their fields. The state government should honor them and allow them to live their own life,” Ramakrishnam Raju told TOI.
Although, NAPM was not against the construction of the capital for Andhra Pradesh, Raju said that they were only objecting the attempts to take over the lands by force. He wondered as to why the government need 30000 acres of land for the capital. He suggested the government to take the lands from those coming forward on their own and construct the capital without touching the fields of those opposing the move.
“Its shocking that a Singapore firm demanded Rs.1250 crore for preparation of master plan for capital. World renowned architects of India could provide the master plan for just one tenth of the amount sought by Singapore firm,” he said. He suspected that there could be hidden hands and agendas before the foreign firms entering into the capital job. He said that India has the best contracting firms and globe famed architects and there was no need to take the services of Singapore. He said that there was complete mess in the governance due to Naidu’s focus on the capital.
“The neglect of other districts in the guise of capital city construction might result in agitations particularly from rayalaseema region,” said Raju. He said that they would be appointing another experts committee headed by Daiva Sahayam, the administrator of Chandigarh when the capital city was constructed, to look into all the issues involved in construction of AP capital. He said that the experts committee would visit the area from December 5.
Raju said that they would submit the report to the CM and urge him to act on their findings. “We will build a national level movement if Naidu fails to listen and honour the sentiments of local farmers,” he added.