CM Jagan unveils “Vision Visakha,” says the city will be AP capital

Jagan Vizag

Rama Krishna Sangem

Unveiling Vision Visakha plan for the next five years, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy said that the city needs to be developed as the growth engine that would contribute to all round prosperity of the State in the coming years.

Addressing the Seminar, attended by more than 2000 industrialists, at the Radisson Blue Hotel here on March 5, Tuesday, the Chief Minster reaffirmed his commitment to make Visakhapatnam the Administrative Capital.

Dwelling at length on the advantages the city has to become the Executive Capital, he said the Opposition parties and groups, along with their friendly media, are opposing the idea of Visakhapatnam as the executive capital city for the simple reason that they have their interests elsewhere, according to a press release .

He said he is not against Amaravati to be developed as the Capital city but we need to spend around Rs.1 lakh crore over a period of 20 years pumping in Rs 5000 crore every year to build up the Capital-necessitated infrastructure in around 50,000 acres of virgin land. Who knows, the estimates may go up and we may require spending around Rs. 5 or 10 lakh crore to construct our Capital at Amaravati over a period of time, he said.


Visakhapatnam is right for Capital 

Neglecting these facts, opposition media is shamelessly making a hue and cry indulging in land grabbing allegations against us, he said, adding that they don’t want the Chief Minister to sit here as their interests lie in Amaravati.

However, this city has all the necessary infrastructure to be the administrative capital for the State and we need to give only final touches to the city and if he had vested interests, he would have spoken about Kadapa.

As Hyderabad has nearly 90 per cent of the PSUs, it grew at a faster pace but it has become the growth engine city for the Telangana post-bifurcation. Our State can’t grow unless and until we have a similar growth engine city, he said.

Vizag has perfect potential to become our growth engine for Andhra Pradesh, he said, adding it would become another city like Chennai, Hyderabad and Bangalore in another 10 years or so.

With the basic infrastructure of well laid out roads, port facility and some good structures, it is enough if we have an iconic Secretariat, a convention centre and a sports stadium and the like that could attract the attention of people not only in India but across the world.

Listing out the advantages for Visakhapatnam, the Chief Minister said that apart from the city already being a port one, the Mulapeta Port and Bhogapuram International airport, along with the 6-lane express highway, would be ready for functioning in another 15 or 18 months, boosting up infrastructure.

That apart, the coming up of Adani Data Centre that facilitates laying of submarine cable from Singapore and 7-star hotels, resorts by Oberai and May Fair groups and NTPC Green Hydrogen projects will also contribute to the growth of the City, he said, adding that the Government has also been trying to have a balanced growth of manufacturing and services sectors across the State aiming decentralized growth.


Rama Krishna Sangem

Ramakrishna chief editor of excel India online magazine and website

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