2,000 cr for AP Capital City : Sujana

Railway zone too very soon

Special status is denied, but centre would help

Minister says we should not politicize these issues

Hyderabad, January 23: Union Minister of State for Science and Technology Sujana Chowdhary today said that the Centre will release Rs 2,000 crore for construction of new capital in Andhra Pradesh in two weeks.

Addressing a press conference at Secretariat here, the minister said that Centre will allocate a special railway zone for the state during next Parliamentary session and 14thA�Finance Commission will fund for it. He rubbished aside the comments of AICC general secretary Digvijay Singh that fund starved AP Government could not give salaries to the staff. a�?Let us not politicize the issue as the government wants to get funds from the Centre for various developmental worksa�� he said.

Though special status is not given, the AP will get everything as per AP Reorganisation Act,A� he maintained. Efforts are being made to get the rest of funds at the earliest, he said adding that the Centre will fund for construction of Assembly, High Court, Secretariat, Officers quarters and institutions of national repute and others. The capital will be on par with global standards,A�he said adding that ports at Dugarajapatnam, Machilipatnam will be developed to cater to future needs, expand Vizag steel plant, industrial corridor between Vizag and Chennai.

The Government with its corrective measures could reduce its revenue deficit in just seven months of rule, he said. Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu during his national capital tour called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other Union Ministers and sought their help and cooperation for adequate funds, special status and allocations. The Centre, he said, has promised to extend complete help to the state on all fronts. The new capital at Mangalagiri near Vijayawada will come up as the government has acquired the land required. He also said that the state government has pooled the land needed for setting up of AIIMS. Sujana Chowdhary stated that Andhra Pradesh will soon become a noted place as many international companies are coming forward for investing their money. (NSS)

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