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MODI FOR SOUTH INDIA- 1 : TRANSFORMING ANDHRA PRADESH

by IRC-ADMIN - Mar 13 2019 11:00AM

It is a popular belief that Prime Minister Modi doesn’t command the same popularity in south Indian states as he enjoys in the north, more specifically, the Hindi heartland. His acceptance down south is not absent, albeit, is slimmer; now this can be resulting from the distorted notion that the Modi led government doesn’t caress the southern states enough. How much of truth does this conception hold anyway? Is the PM really ignoring South India? We dived in deeper and returned with an insight on how the Center extended itself to develop the Southern States. In this series, the first State we have taken up is Andhra Pradesh.

The Andhra Pradesh government has often criticized the Modi government of not releasing necessary funds for Andhra Pradesh. It even leads to the breaking away of the TDP (the ruling party in Andhra Pradesh) from the NDA alliance. Most of the arguments are a farce and have come out for petty political reasons. In this name, the TDP led government has managed to siphon off funds that should have been used to develop Andhra Pradesh to fuel their propaganda. We had exposed this in our previous articles. It has been one of the main beneficiaries of the outstanding projects brought about by the Modi government. Through this series called ‘Modi for South India’ we would be showing to you how the South Indian states have benefitted under Modi and some of the main projects that have come up in the state. Beginning with Andhra Pradesh.

AIIMS MANGALAGIRI
It is a medical research public higher education institute located in the Mangalagiri in Guntur district, Andhra Pradesh, India. It is one of the four "Phase-IV" All India Institutes of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) announced in July 2014. It is located between Guntur City and Vijayawada. On July 2014, in the budget speech for 2014-15,the Minister of Finance Arun Jaitley announced a budget of ₹500 crore (equivalent to ₹569 crore or US$79 million in 2017) for setting up four new AIIMS, in Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, the Vidarbha region of Maharashtra and the Purvanchal region in Uttar Pradesh, the so-called "Phase-IV" institutes.

IIT TIRUPATI
Indian Institute of Technology Tirupati (IIT Tirupati, IITT) is an autonomous engineering and technology education institute located in Tirupati. It started functioning from 5 August 2015 in a temporary campus housed at Krishna Theja Educational Institutions in Chadalawada Nagar on the outskirts of the temple city.

IIM VISAKHAPATNAM
The Indian Institute of Management Visakhapatnam is a public business school located in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India. It is one of the twenty Indian Institutes of Management. The institution started the first batch of its Post Graduate Program (PGP) in Management from August 2015.

IIIT KURNOOL
IIITDM Kurnool was established in 2015 by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) as part as the government obligation under the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, 2014. The Indian Institutes of Information Technology (Amendment) Act, 2017 granted Institutes of National Importance (INI) status to the institute in August 2017.

BHOGAPURAM AIRPORT
Bhogapuram Airport, a Greenfield Airport project will be built near Bhogapuram, 40 kilometers north-east of Visakhapatnam, India. The project will come up on 5,311 acres in and around Bhogapuram, including 1,673 acres of government land. The airport will be built by the Bhogapuram International Airport Company Limited (BIACL), a Special Purpose Vehicle(SPV) owned by the government that was set up in May 2015. The airport will be built as part of an aerotropolis, which will also have a Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul (MRO) Facility along with an Aviation Academy. The project will be taken up in the Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode with the state holding stake in the form of land holdings.

KUPPAM AIRPORT
Kuppam Airport is a public airport under construction at Kuppam, in the state of Andhra Pradesh, India. The greenfield airport will be built by the Infrastructure Corporation of Andhra Pradesh Limited (INCAP). The project site is located at Shantipuram Mandal, 25 km (16 mi) from the proposed 8 Lane Bangalore Chennai Expressway and will be built at an estimated cost of Rs 100 crore.

VISAKHAPATNAM STRATEGIC PETROLEUM RESERVE
The Indian Strategic Petroleum Reserve (ISPR) is an emergency fuel store of total 5.33 MMT (million metric tons) or 36.92 MMbbl of strategic crude oil enough to provide 10 days of consumption which are maintained by the Indian Strategic Petroleum Reserves Limited. Strategic crude oil storages are at three underground locations in Mangalore, Visakhapatnam, and Padur (Udupi, Karnataka). All these are located on the east and west coasts of India which are readily accessible to the refineries. These strategic storages are in addition to the existing storages of crude oil and petroleum products with the oil companies and serve in response to external supply disruptions.

KURNOOL ULTRA MEGA SOLAR PARK
Kurnool Ultra Mega Solar Park is a solar park spread over a total area of 5,932.32 acres (24.0072 km2) in Panyam Mandal of Kurnool district, Andhra Pradesh, with a capacity of 1,000 MW. The project was implemented by the Andhra Pradesh Solar Power Corporation Private Limited (APSPCL), a joint venture of the Solar Energy Corporation of India, Andhra Pradesh Power Generation Corporation and the New & Renewable Energy Development Corporation of Andhra Pradesh Ltd. The park was built at an investment of around ₹7,000 crore (US$970 million) by solar power developers and the Central and State governments. Solar power developers invested ₹1,000 crore (US$140 million), while the remaining ₹6,000 crore (US$830 million) was funded by APSPCL supported by a ₹200 crore (US$28 million) grant from the Union Government.

AMARAVATI OUTER RING ROAD
Outer Ring Road (officially: Amaravati Outer Ring Road) is a proposed 210 km (130 mi) road in the Andhra Pradesh Capital Region spread over Guntur and Krishna districts. It is expected to be Completed by the Year 2024. It is being built by the National Highways Authority of India under Phase–VII of National Highways Development Project.

AMARAVATI ANANTPUR EXPRESSWAY
Amaravathi- Anantapur Expressway is a proposed greenfield expressway road in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. It is being built by the National Highways Authority of India under Phase–VII of National Highways Development Project. The cost of the project is expected to be ₹27,635 crore (equivalent to ₹280 billion or US$3.9 billion in 2017). It would cut travel time between Amaravathi and Anantapur by 120 minutes. The expressway will be 6-lane wide with service roads. It was proposed that this road will be designed for a speed of 120 kmph with straight alignments, avoiding habitations and locations of archaeological and religious importance.

KADAPA FEEDER EXPRESSWAY
Kadapa Feeder Expressway is a proposed greenfield expressway road in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. It is being built by the National Highways Authority of India under Phase–VII of National Highways Development Project. The cost of the project is expected to be ₹27,635 crore (equivalent to ₹280 billion or US$3.9 billion in 2017). It would cut travel time between Amaravathi and Kadapa by 70 minutes. The expressway will be 4-lane wide with service roads. It was proposed that this road will be designed for a speed of 120 kmph with straight alignments, avoiding habitations and locations of archaeological and religious importance.

KURNOOL FEEDER EXPRESSWAY
Kurnool Feeder Expressway is a proposed greenfield expressway road in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. It is being built by the National Highways Authority of India under Phase–VII of National Highways Development Project. The cost of the project is expected to be ₹7,293 crore (equivalent to ₹75 billion or US$1.0 billion in 2017). It would cut travel time between Amaravathi and Kurnool by 70 minutes. The expressway will be 4-lane wide with service roads. It was proposed that this road will be designed for a speed of 120 kmph with straight alignments, avoiding habitations and locations of archaeological and religious importance. Tunnels and viaducts are proposed to be constructed to avoid hilly terrains and valley sections. The expressway will carry all public amenities viz. underpasses, service roads, provision for green belt, rest houses, petrol pumps, service centers, restaurants and four agricultural mandis for milk, potatoes, grains, fruits, and vegetables etc.

LIES BY THE ANDHRA GOVERNMENT
It can be clearly seen that what drives the TDP just like any other political party is hatred for Modi and his growing popularity in Andhra, unlike many other national leaders. The TDP withdrew from the NDA saying that the BJP government at center never paid any heed to the needs of Andhra especially funds for the state. But look at the case now, spending almost Rs 2 crore for political benefits in the state just to oppose the Modi government. Now regarding the funds allocated to Andhra Pradesh over the years. 

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The above table shows the allocation of funds in crores over the years to the Andhra state. It is clear from the official data shown above that the funds have been sent periodically in the right amount to the state. Just like what is shown above the government in Andhra Pradesh has time and again indulged in diverting the funds that were supposed to reach the deserving people for his petty political gains.

Hence, it is clear that TDP under Naidu had withdrawn from NDA no to benefit the people of Andhra but to propagate lies and mislead the people of Andhra Pradesh. The smoke created by his political stunts has been used to siphon out money for his political party. Thus Naidu is not any different from any other opposition leader as in West Bengal or Tamil Nadu, they are driven by hatred for Modi and least concerned for the people of their states. Anything Modi or the central government does is to be opposed is their unwritten rule. Plenty of examples for them. While the central government works for Sabka Vikas they work for their own Vikas.

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