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Designs Okay, But Where's Money For Amaravati?

Designs Okay, But Where's Money For Amaravati?

The Chandrababu Naidu government, which has been giving a lot of hype to the designs of government buildings in Amaravati, the new capital city, is surprisingly silent on the mobilisation of funds for the constructions.

For the last few months, Naidu has been dodging over the finalisation of designs in the name of fine tuning and approval by the people.

Though the government has taken up some infrastructural activities like laying of roads etc, there has not been any movement in the construction of the buildings.

Even in the lands allotted to the private institutions, not much work has been done and they are still on paper.

Reason is simple: Naidu doesn’t have money to start the works.

The cabinet has finalised the designs for Secretariat, the assembly and the high court buildings, but without money, he cannot even lay the foundation stone, let alone start the constructions.

According to latest reports, the construction of these buildings might get delayed by another six months, since the expected loan from the World Bank has not been forthcoming.

The World Bank authorities are learnt to have written to the state government that it would consider releasing the loan amount only after ensuring that the government first implement the rehabilitation measures for the displaced farmers.

The World Bank also wanted a firm assurance from the Naidu government that it was taking all environmental-friendly measures and protecting the water bodies.

So, it would take another six months to give clarifications to all the queries raised by the World Bank, say authorities.

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