Be it the change in medium to English or the decision to swap Abdul Kalam’s name with his father’s, almost every G.O passed by the Jagan-led government has been housing controversies. In a recent revelation, the Andhra Pradesh government has decided to develop three concept cities in the state in a radius of 10 sq km. Instructing the officials of the Information Technology, Electronics and Communications Department on the same the Chief Minister issues orders to come up with a plan to develop Visakhapatnam, Tirupati and Anantapur as Concept Cities with first-class amenities. He also said that the single-window system had been introduced for transparency in sanctioning of industries.
Though the announcement was welcomed by the citizen of the three cities who anticipated the same in the reign of former Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu, a few locals stated that they were vexed with the tall claims made by the leaders. While a few of the political analysts raised speculations over the announcement taking the instances of Jagan’s menace around Amaravati.
On the other hand, this decision has welcomed flak from the farmers from Amaravati, whose fate hangs in the balance. They lashed out on the AP government for snubbing their lives into uncertainty while claiming to develop the others. It is known that the government has constituted a five-member committee comprising urban planning experts, headed by retired IAS officer G. Nageswara Rao. This has set ripples in state politics. And now, only time reveals how well the government takes up this ‘Concept Cities’ claims.