Save Amaravati, Save Amaravati Farmers, Save Amaravati NRI Investors.

Save Amaravati, Save Amaravati Farmers, Save Amaravati NRI Investors.

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Voice Of Amaravathi started this petition to Shri Narendra Modi Hon’ble Prime Minister of India

In June 2014, the state of Andhra Pradesh was bifurcated into Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. The state capital Hyderabad of the erstwhile combined state of Andhra Pradesh was given to Telangana and Andhra Pradesh was left without a capital. In September 2014, the Legislative assembly of Andhra Pradesh passed a unanimous resolution to establish a new capital city in Amaravati, a holy land on the banks of river Krishna that has roots in Sanatana Dharma, with a rich culture and a glorious past. Amaravati is the pride of all Telugu people as well as Bharatiyas. The decision to establish Amaravati as the capital city was also accepted by the current Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy on the floor of the assembly, who was then an opposition leader.

 

On October 22, 2015 when you laid the foundation stone of Amaravati with holy water from the Yamuna River, all the Telegu people blessed you with both hands for rekindling the dream and hope that remained dormant for centuries! The people of AP were convinced that the state government of AP had complete support of the central government under your leadership for the vision to make Amaravati a world-class capital city.

 

It should be duly noted that 29,754 farmer families have given their 33,771 acres of land for the land pooling (the average land holding is 1.01 acres- small farmers). These families have given their land for “Andhra Pradesh government land pooling scheme” at the request of the then chief minister to develop a green field capital city for the state. These small farmers hope was that “their fortune will change, and their children will have a bright future with good jobs and land prices will increase”.  First time in the history of urban development, the farmers were made stake holders by the government. This type of urban development is true democratic development.

 

As per 2015 CRDA Land Pooling Data:

Farmers with less than 1 Acre = 20,422

1 - 2.5 Acres = 6,278

2.5  - 5 Acres = 2,131

5 - 10 Acres = 765

> 10 Acres = 109

> 15 Acres = 49

Total 29,754 Farmers gave 33,771 acres.

 

Note: 69% of the farmers own less than ONE Acre - means poor class; 90% of the farmers who own less than 2.5 acres are poor class; only 3.3% can be termed as rich or above middle class; 75% of the farmers are from backward castes.

 

Our complete faith in your visionary leadership, in your “Make In India” philosophy and Andhra Pradesh government’s vision to make Amaravati a world-class capital inspired us to invest in Amaravati and make it a world-class city.  In fact, the vision for Amaravati persuaded many of us, who have lived in the USA for decades, to move back to India and settle in Amaravati to create industries and employment, which would further bring in more NRI Investments in Andhra Pradesh. Unfortunately, after investing in Amaravati, our dreams of building a world-class city have been shattered by the current Chief Minister’s decision to move the capital to Vizag and Kurnool.  This unilateral decision without due process and not taking the farmers and investors into confidence has resulted in complete breakdown of public faith in the government. A promise made to 30,000 farmers and thousands of NRI Investors was broken and the confidence of the people has all but evaporated. To make it worse international reputed companies have been forced to withdraw their investment in the capital city. This undermines your vision and commitment to make India an economic superpower with a 5 trillion dollar economy by 2024-25.  

 

Furthermore, the recent developments in Andhra Pradesh have been disappointing. Andhra Pradesh CM Reddy’s decision to move the capital is a hasty and unwise decision, which will have long-term repercussions on the development of the state. The people of AP are questioning the motives of Mr. Reddy to move the capital to Vishakhapatnam. The sacrifices of the farmers to build a world-class capital have been ignored. Their pleas to the government to build the capital city as promised by the previous government were ignored. Farmers have come out to the streets asking for justice. With uncertainty and decline of economic activity in Andhra Pradesh, the future of the people in the state is at stake. It has hurt the morale of the NRI investors. Our dream of returning back to India has been shattered. At present we as NRI investors have lost faith on the government of Andhra Pradesh. We have incurred huge losses due to a decision that is being made to settle scores with the current CM’s political opponents. These decisions have caused a rift between the 3 regions of the state by pitting one against the other.  

 

We as NRI’s would like to know the measures your government is taking to restore the peace in the state and confidence of the NRI investors. We are writing this letter with utmost respect to you and your government and with hope. The people of Andhra Pradesh are eagerly waiting for your intervention to resolve this crisis. This is the only hope we have since there is no other way out of this insanity and chaos. We sincerely pray that your government will intervene and bring closure to this mayhem and instill hope and confidence in the people of Andhra Pradesh and the NRIs. Please Protect Amaravati.

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