On the eve of the New Year, the AP government reportedly received permission from the Union Civil Aviation Ministry for an airport at Bhogapuram.
There is nothing remarkable in the permission being accorded as the Union Civil Aviation Minister is none other than TDP man Ashok Gajapathi Raju.
But the government will now set about acquiring nearly 5500 acres of land for the airport of which only around 1400 acres is government land. So what?
Getting the airport is the real thing here! Millions of air travellers in AP can now heave a sigh of relief.
People in the state had been complaining that there was no airport at Bhogapuram because of which the MNC’s were not coming to AP.
Lufthansa, Jet Airways etc had also requested for an airport at Bhogapuram owing to the frequency of air travellers from that region.
And all it entails is the destruction of only another 4000 acres of fertile agricultural lands. Are we not the great Andhras who are willing to destroy 35000 acres for a new capital? Why crib about a few acres more for an airport? Food security? Nonsense!
We can import vegetables and rice from Singapore. Danger to the ecosystem? Sorry, no danger to my community! I was born in this community and I will die in this community!
All other emotions of fellow-Andhraites, fellow Indians etc are only convenient add-ons.