AP to go on with Kadapa steel plant plans

Steel plant at Kadapa was one of the provisions of the AP Reorganisation Act 2014. Besides others, the steel plant here was promised and made part of the Act at the time of bifurcation, to silence the angry Seemandhra people, who were on bight fight against bifurcation and ran the Samaikyandhra movement.

It was to tell the Seemandhra people that bifurcation will not bring injustice to the region, the Congress government had promised steel plant in Kadapa district. Four years have gone and the steel plant still remains a distant dream, besides other issues like railway zone, sea port etc.

Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu remained silent for four years sailing with the Bharatiya Janata Party-led NDA government at the Centre. He had two Ministers at the Centre and took two Ministers from the BJP in the State. He did not ask the Central government for the implementation of the 2014 Act. He did not allow the people to ask for it. He had compromised on the special category status and welcomed the special package that was offered by the Centre.

Chandrababu Naidu felicitated the BJP leaders and the Ministers for the special package and made the Assembly to pass resolutions thanking the BJP leadership. He did not stay there. He went on criticising the Opposition parties for raising the demand of the special category status. He, claiming to be the senior most politician in the country and have 40 years of experience in public life including 14 years as Chief Minister, ridiculed the demand for the special category status. He had even threatened the people of sending them to jail if they raised the demand.

Four years later, he took U turn and began chanting the special category status. It was only after this U turn, he realised the steel plant issue and his leaders started the hunger strike for the same. Now, ahead of elections, Chandrababu Naidu had decided to take up the major task of constructing the steel plant by the State government.

This would cost around Rs 10,000 crore on the State exchequer, which is already empty and running in deficit. The State government, which looks around for the borrowed money for its daily maintenance has two major tasks already on its hand – the capital city and the Polavaram Project. The steel plant, whatever the Chief Minister might claim, would be real disastrous for the State in terms of finances.

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