Former chief secretary I Y R Krishna Rao’s book “Whose capital Amaravati?” was released in Vijayawada by Jana Sena chief Pawan Kalyan. The book is available in Telugu and Engish. The writer had also provided an option for people to download it in both languages from his website – www.iyrkrao.com. People will need time to read it and know some facts about the capital.
Everyone, including Pawan Kalyan spoke about Amaravati and the way the place was selected and the plans are being prepared to build a new city. There was a strong feeling that the capital city is being built for the benefit of the one caste. The Madhapur in Hyderabad experience is being replicated here now.
Madhapur was first selected for the IT development by the then Chief Minister Nedurumalli Janardhana Reddy. But the TDP and Chandrababu Naidu, being in Opposition then, have opposed it and even went to the court. Later, when TDP returned to power, it went back on their own objections and continued the plans. It was then people of one caste purchased the lands in the area at throwaway prices from the poor farmers of Telangana. Finally when the area became IT hub and the land prices went up multiplied by multiple numbers, the poor farmers and the general public of the Telangana region felt that they were cheated. They saw a conspiracy by the caste and it spread all over the State, which finally culminated in the bifurcation. The people of Telangana have accused Andhras for the betrayal or looting and not just that particular caste.
Now, the same thing is happening in Amaravati. The lands here were already purchased by the people of the same caste. There is nothing left for the people of other castes to buy. No one, including the employees, can buy a plot or a flat in the new capital. The people of Uttarandhra and Rayalaseema feel that they have no place in the capital and again are blaming the people of Vijayawada and Guntur, not that one particular caste which had excluded everyone.
It might take a few years or a few generations for people to revolt against Amaravati as it happened in the case of Madhapur. It is not too late for the rulers to correct it. The capital should be an inclusive place for people of all castes and regions of the State. Even people from other States should have an opportunity to become part of this new capital. If this is denied, then the Uttarandhra and Rayalaseema would detach from this place, even after decades or centuries. It took half-a-century for the Telangana people to fight against this exclusive development and get separated from the “Andhras”. It might take a century or even more for the Uttarandhras and Rayalaseemas to get separated from the Vijayawada-Guntur.
This is what Pawan Kalyan, Undavalli Arun Kumar, Vadde Sobhanadreeswara Rao and others cautioned during the release of the book. While taking their caution seriously, one should read this book first to know the facts as Krishna Rao was the chief secretary when the capital plans started and people can expect some inside stories in it.