The death of 27 people in a stampede on the inaugural day of Godavari 'Pushkaram' in July and the killing of 20 people allegedly involved in smuggling of red sanders are some of the other major incidents that hit the successor state of Andhra Pradesh during the year. Finance crisis continue to hit Andhra Pradesh
The truncated state faced with a revenue deficit of more than Rs 15,000 crore with Hyderabad, the crown jewel of undivided Andhra and a growth-engine, going to Telangana as per the Andhra Pradesh Re-organisation Act of 2014.
Amaravati- The model capital of Andhra Pradesh
The state continues to reel under a financial crisis. It had to resort to over draft facility and raise money through borrowings during the year. Despite financial constraints, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu unveiled ambitious plans to build a world class capital city and the Singapore government agencies prepared master plans for the three-layered capital free of cost as per his request. The three layers are the seed capital, capital city and the capital region.
After announcing plans to build the capital city on the banks of river Krishna in the Krishna and Guntur districts, the state government managed to pool more than 33,000 acres under its 'Land Pooling Scheme'.
The essential administrative infrastructure, including Secretariat, Raj Bhavan, Legislative Assembly, would be built by the Centre as per the AP Re-organisation Act, the state government plans to develop the city as a growth engine that would be a hub of activity in the spheres of education, service sector, tourism, entertainment and others in the PPP mode.
Special category Status for Andhra Pradesh
The promise of Special Category Status was made to Andhra Pradesh by the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in the Parliament at the time of passage of the re-organisation act.
Alleging that the ruling TDP-BJP combine 'deceived' the people on the special status issue, the Congress organised a series of agitations during the year, including filing 'police cases' against PM Modi, Venkaiah Naidu and other Union ministers hailing from Andhra Pradesh and the chief minister.
Though the NDA government kicked off a number of prestigious institutions like IIT, IIM, NIT, IISER, a central institute of excise and customs in Andhra Pradesh as per the act and announced funds in tranches under different heads, it came under attack for not according special status to the state.
The death of 27 people in a stampede on the inaugural day of Godavari 'Pushkaram' in July and the killing of 20 people allegedly involved in smuggling of red sanders are some of the other major incidents that hit the successor state of Andhra Pradesh during the year.
Finance crisis continue to hit Andhra Pradesh