Union Finance Minister has laid foundation for the ‘administrative city’ at Amaravati, the new capital city of Andhra Pradesh. He performed puja and unveiled the plate at Ligayapalem near Tullur in Amaravati, setting the tone for construction of main administrative building (Secretariat). The administrative city will be spanned in 900 acres, according to the approved plan.
Mr Jaitley has also laid foundation stones for regional office of Reserve Bank in Vijayawada, drainage system in Guntur and also 7-lane highway linking Amaravati to the rest of India.
Speaking at a public meeting after the inaugurations, Mr Jaitley assured Andhra Pradesh of full help. “Mr Naidu, you have converted Hyderabad into a global city and now you got a chance to build another modern city. The faster you can build this new city of Amaravati, the speedier will be the flow of funds. If you could complete the 7-lane network, drainage systems and construction of administrative blocks, the rest of the buildings and additional cities that were conceived in your plan, will automatically be completed” he suggested.
Stating that the Centre has given the maximum it could in just two-and-half years time, Mr Jaitley slammed former Congress regimes for what he called as “neglecting the interests of Andhra region”
Charging Congress for sleeping over forty years-“Between 2004-09 when YSR was at power, the total fund flow to AP was 34,000 crore and it has risen to 69,000 crore between 2009-14. But, in the past 24 months of BJP rule at the Centre, a total of 2.30 lakh crore has been given. We are aiding everything including to the Polavaram project for which I have asked NABARD to make the fund flow at the earliest”
The Union government will support to the hilt, Mr Jaitley assured.