Vijayawada set to regain pre-eminence as Andhra Pradesh’s capital
From glorified village to capital city
Speaking to The Hindu on Thursday, he said the city should prepare to welcome people from all parts of the country with open arms. “More number of corporates will come and more number of professionals will prefer to make the city their second home. It is time the locals changed their attitude and lifestyle,” Mr. Berry says.
However, K. Pattabhi Ram, president of Vijayawada Hotel Owners Association, felt the social life would remain the same as the region was surrounded by villages. “Vijayawada and Guntur, will witness spurt in hospitality sector as several projects are in the pipeline. Though number of star hotels will come up it will take some time for pub and discotheque culture to make its way in the region.”
He said Vijayawada region, unlike Hyderabad, was known for its restrained behaviour and gave more importance to customs and traditions. “Rural background dominates the ethos of the region.”
The region also yearns for a new race course. “The Hyderabad Race Club tote centre at Yalamanchalli complex is getting many enquiries about the possible new race course. We need at least Rs.100 crore for a full-fledged one. We need to have space for 18 to 24 horses to run in tandem in the circle. Provisions like swimming pool for the horses, veterinary hospital, jockey training centre, administrative block, cash counters, galleries with VIP boxes and cafeteria are a must. Race course maintenance is an expensive affair,” said Phani Babu, tote in-charge.
There is also a need have a golf club for an emerging capital city. “With the city expected to attract foreigners and tourists in the days to come, the need go have a golf club is must,” said K.P. Rao, Krishna District Olympic Association. “We need around 100 acres to establish a full-fledged 18-hole course with all facilities,” said G. J. J. Raju, a member of century-old East Point Gold Club at Visakhapatnam.
Vijayawada smiles at a bright future
Denizens express hope that the region will witness giant strides. Vijayawada MP Kesineni Srinivas said the State government had taken a historic decision. “It will pave way for ‘Swarnandhra’,” he said.
The city erupted in joy as Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu made the announcement on developing the Vijayawada region as the capital of Andhra Pradesh on Thursday. People from all walks of life were all smiles and felt a bright future awaited them.
“Vijayawada city will make giant strides in the years to come. There is no need for my children to go to Hyderabad anymore. We will find jobs here,” said M. Chandrasekhar, a vegetable vendor at Chuttugunta.
“The government took the right decision. Our job and education opportunities will improve, and we can also enjoy all the trappings of the capital city,” said S. Deepak, a student of Kakatiya Junior College.
But, for the commoners, it is a question of cost of living, inflation and the perils of urbanisation. Satyanarayana, a flower vendor, said landlords, house owners and business folks would benefit more. How about the tenants? Rents have already hit the roof and will go up further. The middle class and the poor will be the worst-affected.
Vijayawada MP Kesineni Srinivas said the State government had taken a historic decision. “It will pave way for ‘Swarnandhra’,” he said.
Greater Vijayawada Builders’ Association chairman Gadde Rajling welcomed the decision. He expressed hope that the region would witness unprecedented development in the days to come. Andhra Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Mutthavarapu Muralikrishna said the chamber had done a survey in 13 districts on the suitability of various locations.
“Vijayawada got the highest marks. People from any place in the State can reach the city in six hours,” he said.
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