Rights Forum Against Capital in Vijayawada-Guntur Region

Published: 03rd September 2014 06:15 AM  |   Last Updated: 03rd September 2014 06:15 AM   |  A+A-

HYDERABAD : The Human Rights Forum (HRF) has opposed the decision of Andhra Pradesh government to locate the Capital in Vijayawada-Guntur region and said capital in that region is unacceptable.

In a press release, HRF president S Jeevan Kumar and general secretary VS Krishna said HRF concurs with the recommendation of the Sivaramakrishnan committee that locating the capital in Vijayawada-Guntur zone would entail loss of very precious agricultural land that would have a negative impact on food production and displace several people dependent on agriculture for livelihood. They said discarding the committee recommendation would be a historic blunder.

HRF leaders said a single super-city being touted by the TDP government is undesirable. The capital must be more or less centrally located and accessible to all parts of the state, but at the same time, land acquisition for it must involve minimal displacement and environmental damage, they said. They emphasised the need for more decentralised official activity.

HRF leaders also objected to certain recommendations of the Committee and said the report was a perfunctory exercise, not based on wide data collection and through research. Where was the need to rush through the report when the committee could have sought extension of deadline so as to bring out a more comprehensive one? they wanted to known.

“Most glaring in the report is the omission of the acute predicament of adivasis and fishermen. If the committee was at all sensitive to their needs, it would have placed on record its serious disquiet to both the Polavaram project and the Vizag-Chennai PCPIR industrial corridor as they would devastate these communities. It does no such thing. Some of the formulations in the report are plainly contradictory. For instance, it is stated that sustainable development must be a core principle and yet it endorses the Dugarajapatnam port proposal even though it will threaten the highly eco-sensitive Pulicat Lake. Indeed, an uncritical acceptance of the current destructive economic model, instead of a people-driven and inclusive one, is a major failing of the report,” they explained.

HRF leaders appealed to the government not to rush through finalising the Vijayawada-Guntur region as capital, but wanted it to take some more time and come to the final decision only after wider consultation and taking into consideration the opinion of all sections of people, particularly those in Rayalaseema and other backward regions of the state.

Stay up to date on all the latest Andhra Pradesh news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp