Amaravati is ‘not safe capital’: AP Municipal Minister

Vastavam web: AP Municipal Administration Minister Botsa Satyanarayana’s sensational comments on AP capital city Amaravati and possible change of the capital owing to the floods has courted a major controversy and invited a severe flak from Opposition party. Botsa stated that flood-prone Amaravati is “not safe capital”. He said it would incur a lot of additional cost on the government to avoid floods to Amaravati i.e to build dams or canals or to pump up the water through lifting.

Botsa said most of the areas in capital region has a flood threat and the expenditure on Amaravati would be high compared to other regions. He said “all matters” will be discussed in the state cabinet soon. He said the government will soon announce its policy on the same hinting at a possible change of capital region. Botsa’s comments got a severe reaction from TDP leaders and BJP leaders.

Ex-Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu has come down heavily on Botsa for making comments on Amaravati. Calling it as “man-made” flood, Chandrababu alleged that ruling YCP is conspiring against Amaravati and trying to change the capital citing flood threat. Naidu said Amaravati capital can be constructed at very low cost as the land has been pooled from farmers with no cost. He said 8000 acres out of 33,000 acres is surplus land in capital region. After allocating land to infrastructure development, the government can monetize the remaining 8000 acres and use that revenue for the construction of the world-class capital city.