Bifurcation woes still haunting State, rues Municipal Minister

Bifurcation woes still haunting State, rues Municipal Minister
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Municipal Administration Minister P Narayana lamented that the State has not been separated on amicable grounds. He said the bifurcation was done unscientifically and unjustifiably. He addressed a debate organised by the district administration as part of Nava Nirmana Deeksha on Friday at Kasturba Kalakshetram here. 

Nellore: Municipal Administration Minister P Narayana lamented that the State has not been separated on amicable grounds. He said the bifurcation was done unscientifically and unjustifiably. He addressed a debate organised by the district administration as part of Nava Nirmana Deeksha on Friday at Kasturba Kalakshetram here.

He said the Centre had spent around Rs 1.4 lakh crore for only Hyderabad city since 1956 after formation of the Telugu State and at the same time the State government had expended Rs 5.80 lakh crore for its development. Investors also spent lakhs of crores for the city development and the revenue from the city to the government has been more than 50 pc of total revenue, the Minister said.

Narayana said the Chief Minister had visited Delhi 19 times appealing to the Centre for additional allocations to the State for meeting the demand for various development works. He categorically stated that the Centre had provided only Rs 2,800 cr out of the deficit amount of Rs 16,000 cr.

He said the State government could acquire 34,000 acres of land for the capital city with the support of farmers. District Collector M Janaki said the State was separated just two years ago and it will be the responsibility of employees and people from all walks of life to achieve progress of the State. She suggested hard work for achieving the expected progress.

Mayor SK Abdul Aziz said the bifurcation was irrational and properties of people of AP are located in Hyderabad city. He expressed confidence that Chandrababu Naidu will guide the State in the path of progress at a quick pace. Prof Murugaiah from Vikrama Simhapuri University said the problem arrived with concentration of development only in Hyderabad city earlier and suggested decentralisation of such progress in future in the new State.

AP NGOs leader Sekhar recalled the collective agitation of employees, students, workers and other sections of people against the bifurcation. Perugu Ramakrishna from Writers Association acted as moderator at the meeting. Former legislator MSK Reddy, former municipal chairperson T Anuradha and others were present.

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