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Capital won’t be fully ready by ’2019

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Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu said that the first phase of building capital city will be completed in the next five years. He also explained to the national media of his visits to Singapore and Japan.

Hyderabad: Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu said that the first phase of building capital city will be completed in the next five years. He also explained to the national media of his visits to Singapore and Japan.

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Naidu said that he had zeroed in on three mandals –Thulluru, Tadepalli and Mangalagiri in Guntur district – for capital city to ensure that the capital is at the mid-point to both Coastal and Rayalaseema districts.

This pep talk to the national media is interpreted by observers as nothing but “selling dreams.” It seems he could take liberty in making tall claims because he was talking to the national media. He took all care in evading answering questions on the resistance offered by farmers in three mandals against the government’s move to acquire fertile lands for capital city. According to him, the first phase of the new capital would be completed by 2019, which is before the government’s term ends. It is interpreted that the completion of the capital is not possible fully.

A high drama was witnessed at the R&B Guest House in Guntur on Thursday when the farmers bluntly told a group of Ministers in the presence of Speaker Kodela Siva Prasada Rao that they were not willing to meet the Chief Minister. They indicated their willingness to meet Naidu only if he comes to Vijayawada to hold talks with them.

Meanwhile, the National Alliance for Peoples’ Movement (NAPM) led by Medha Patkar has sent experts to visit the three mandals and interact with farmers.

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