HYDERABAD: With twin aim of clearing hurdles for the construction of Polavaram Irrigation Project and studying the design of Naya Raipur city to find out whether the city’s design could be adapted to develop the new capital of Andhra Pradesh, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu is expected to visit neighbouring Chhattisgarh State on Monday.
During his one-day visit, Naidu will hold talks with his Chhattisgarh counterpart Raman Singh to know the objections of Chhattisgarh government to the construction of Polavaram project across river Godavari.
As Chhattisgarh government is insisting on reducing the height of the proposed project, which is a multi-purpose irrigation project, to lessen the submergence in that State, according to sources, during his visit, Naidu will try to address these objections.
After holding discussions with Raman Singh, Naidu will also have a guided tour across Naya Raipur, the capital of Chhattisgarh.
As Naya Raipur is a newly constructed planned city, Naidu wants to study the design and architecture of the city first hand to prepare the design of new capital of AP to be set up near Vijayawada.
In fact, Naidu’s Ministerial colleague P Narayana, who is heading a nine-member advisory panel on designing the new capital city of AP, had last week visited Naya Raipur. After coming back to Hyderabad, Narayana submitted a brief report to his boss over the best practices that were followed in laying roads and in the construction of drainage systems in Naya Raipur.
Apart from trying to know all these details directly, the AP Chief Minister will also focus his attention on knowing the model adopted by the Chhattisgarh government for acquiring required lands for construction of the planned capital of that State during his visit to Naya Raipur city.
As farmers in Chhattisgarh were given 40 per cent of the developed land under land pooling in lieu of the real estate they parted with for building the capital, the AP Chief Minister during his visit to Rayapur will be keen on studying this model as he had already decided to obtain required lands in and around Vijayawada to construct the new capital city of AP by following ‘land pooling’ system. Later, the AP Chief Minister would also visit Bhubaneswar to hold talks with his Odisha counterpart over Polavaram project next week.