Dholera Vs Amaravati : How Modi Cheated AP

Dholera SIR (Smart Investment Region), a mind-blowing city is being built in Two Lakh Thirty Thousand Acres with a vast airport in 1000 acres.  None other than Modi announced that Dholera would be two-times to Delhi and six-times to China’s business capital Shanghai and much more. This is dream city of Narendra Modi who wants the city to be World’s business capital.

A huge controversy has broke out after AP CM Chandrababu Naidu accused Union Government of spending a staggering 44,000 Crore funds on the development of Dholera City. Naidu alleged Centre for being biased towards Gujarat and betraying Andhra Pradesh that was formed without capital city after a forced bifurcation. Although Amit Shah has denied and claimed that Gujarat state government is building the city with its own funds, the reality proves otherwise. 

Gujarat State Government’s official statement and paper advertisements too proved that Centre’s funds for Dholera city. A huge 17,000 Crore funds have been allotted to Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor by the Centre whereas not a single rupee till date is allotted to Chennai-Visakhapatnam Industrial Corridor and Chennai-Bangalore Industrial Corridor. Dholera which is one of the 8 Smart Investment Regions under DMIC (Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor), a 3000 Crore has been allotted initially for Dholera under , the Centre has already released 1293 Crore. On the contrary, the Gujarat state government stated that Dholera smart city would be operational by 2019. The moot question is how it would be practically possible without the Centre’s support.

The shocking fact to be noted here is that AP’s capital Amaravati was sanctioned only Rs 1500 Crore and only Rs 1000 Crore were released for drainage development. That’s where the works of the capital city of Andhra Pradesh stuck. All the Assembly, Council, High Court, Secretariat and other administrative buildings, government institutions would be constructed under meagre funds the Union Government sanctioned to the truncated state of Andhra Pradesh. While national and state BJP leaders who are repeatedly stating that 30,000 acres for AP’s new capital city Amaravati as ‘waste’ and ‘useless’, they are tight-lipped over Gujarat’s Dholera that is widely built in a sprawling 2,30,000 acres. This is even after having several top industrial areas in Gujarat like Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Surat, Gandhinagar, Bhavnagar.

A four-way line that was promised from Anantapur to Amaravati was shelved but a whopping 10-way express highway is being laid at blitzkrieg pace from Ahmedabad to Dholera.  Highspeed rail connectivity is provided for Dholera. All the central and state government permissions including environmental clearances are coming at very fast pace. Gujarat International Finance Tec-City (GIFT City) is being built in Dholera.

AP state government is also questioning the Centre on why not a single rupee was not given to Krishnapatnam that is under Chennai-Bangalore Industrial Corridor whereas officially 3000 Crore has been given to Dholera under DMIC while the reality is that much more funds are diverted to Dholera in various forms. All these indicate that Dholera, Modi’s brainchild, is treated very specially while Amaravati is grossly ignored and people of Andhra Pradesh is betrayed by BJP which hasn’t fulfilled any of its poll promises or bifurcation promises to the state.

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