06 May, 2021

“Just Event Management”

Lok Satta founder-president Dr Jayaprakash Narayan on why he thinks Andhra's capital city plan is a skewed model.

“Just Event Management”
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Lok Satta founder-president Dr Jayaprakash Narayan speaks to Outlook on why he thinks the capital city plan is a skewed model. Excerpts:

Why are you opposed to the capital city plan?

We are not opposed to a capital city with dignity and fair amount of urbanisation. I am also not opposed to the broad model of land pooling. This is a fair principle. But there is a problem in the vis­ion document. It estimates there will be 1.3 crore population in the capital by 2050. How is it possible given that population growth is stabilising? The figure is absurd.

You call it a repeat of the “Hyderabad mistake”...

Chandrababu Naidu is doing exactly what he did in Hyderabad, putting all eggs in one basket. AP has a 1,000 km coastline, mighty rivers such as the Krishna and Godavari, mineral wealth in Rayalaseema. Instead of building 10-15 small cities, the government is building one massive urban centre envisioning massive migration. This is a silly notion of development...

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