If the reports doing rounds in political circles in Amaravati are to be believed, YSR Congress party president and Andhra Pradesh chief minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy is planning to shift his focus from Amaravati to Donakonda in Prakasam district.
According to these reports, there is a talk going in bureaucratic circles that Jagan wants to develop Donakonda as a major industrial hub and shift majority of the projects from Amaravati to this hub, since it has huge chunk of government lands and it would be easier to develop the corridor.
“Already, several YSR Congress party leaders have been buying lands in a big way in and around Donakonda, which is a clear indication to Jagan’s plans,” sources said.
In fact, Donakonda was suggested as the capital region by Sivaramakrishnan Committee appointed by the Centre to identity the capital for new state of Andhra Pradesh after bifurcation of the combined state.
However, Telugu Desam Party president and former chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu ignored this suggestion and zeroed in on Amaravati for his own obvious reasons.
He, however, proposed to develop Donakonda region as an industrial hub and signed at least three Memoranda of Understanding for setting up of an aviation industry by Titan Group, a food park and an automobile industry.
Just a couple of months before the elections, then environment minister Sidda Raghava Rao laid foundation stone for an Industrial Corridor (IC) of the AP Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporati-on (APIIC) at Ragamakkapalli in Donakonda mandal to establish 220 units.
Apparently, Jagan wants to make this proposal a reality and suggested that it could be developed as a major hub of industries.
Naturally, it will result in a boom in economy, sources said.