Social activist and National Alliance of People’s Movements (NAPM) leader Medha Patkar on Thursday joined the protest against the construction of Andhra’s proposed capital and alleged that the state was breaking laws.
She visited villages in Guntur’s Tullur mandal where the capital city would be built and alleged that the rights of agriculture workers, Dalits and women were been undermined.
‘But the project may not stop as Naidu does not believe in dialogue’
After a brief lull, the proposed Capital city Amaravati, which is being touted to become a world-class city, is again in the news with social activist Medha Patkar visiting the Interim Secretariat Complex at Velagapudi in Guntur district on Thursday.
Speaking to The Hindu, Ms. Patkar felt that Amaravati “will collapse on its own.” “Amaravati appears to be a piece of real estate and not a real Capital. The people’s natural resource capital is robbed. No doubt about it,” Ms. Medha Patkar said.
“The project may not stop as Chief Minister (N. Chandrababu Naidu) was defiant of people’s democracy. He would not easily bow down and hold a dialogue with the (people’s) organisations. Otherwise, there would not have been a conflict. There is no dispute resolution in this country with regard to forest, land and water. That’s the tragedy of development paradigm,” she said.
She is also quoted to have said that the capital would “collapse on it’s own.”
The report adds that she also criticized Prime Minister Narendra Modi for attending the foundation laying ceremony of the capital.