Chandrababu Naidu took over the reins of the State on this day in 2014, after bifurcation, raising several hopes of the people on his development plank. People who voted for him thought he is the right choice to build the new State, which had no capital and started with Rs 16,000 crore revenue deficit.
Though he took the oath near Mangalagiri in Guntur district, he started his governance from the common capital, Hyderabad. Interestingly, he said he would stay in Hyderabad for 10 years and ensure that the TDP is returned to power in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, before he leaves for AP after 10 years. In the 10 years, his promise for AP was to build a brand new capital, while it was bringing TDP back to power in TS.
He had made AP to spend a few thousands of crores of rupees on renovations of the Secretariat blocks for AP and the Lake View Guest House for his camp office. The renovations consumed a huge share from the empty coffers of AP government, which was already suffering from the whopping revenue deficit. He ran the AP government in exile – Hyderabad, which was part of Telangana, though a common capital.
It took just one year for Chandrababu Naidu to leave the common capital and come to Vijayawada, following the infamous Note for Vote case. He tried to fool people in the case and had threatened to open his own police stations in the common capital as AP too has equal rights. But, this did not work for him and finally he left the common capital and started living in Vijayawada. He made the officials to travel all the way from Hyderabad to Vijayawada for a couple of months, before he took the decision to build the new capital without waiting for the 10 years. It was thus, he laid his hands on the fertile and multi-crop lands of Thulluru mandal to build the capital on the banks of river Krishna.
Chandrababu Naidu went against all advises not to disturb these fertile lands and turn the area into concrete jungle. He did not care for the advices against destroying the food bowl for the city as these lands were producing 124 varieties of vegetables and fruits, with three crops a year.
He took 33,000 acres of lands there, gave 1691 acres to the Singapore Government, and delegated a few acres of lands to the corporate companies claiming to build an international city. Four years have gone and the lands remain the same except for a few temporary buildings and a few unfinished roads. Not even the designs for the government buildings like Assembly, Raj Bhavan, Secretariat and High Court are ready and they are still under final work.
The revenue deficit of Rs 16,000 crore is now gone to a whopping Rs 2,25,000 crore debt in the last four years. A share of this huge borrowings went towards the Chief Minister’s air travel and publicity initiatives like investment partnership summits and Nava Nirmana Deeksha or Godavari and Krishna Pushkarams. A huge amount had gone into the irrigation projects with the government increasing the project cost frequently.
People still suffer for the unfinished work and there is not many to admit that Chandrababu Naidu had lived up to his promises and to their expectations in the four years.