HYDERABAD: Reiterating its resolve to get Andhra Pradesh capital Amaravati built by a world-class agency, the AP state on Thursday urged the Hyderabad High Court to allow work in this regard. Putting forward an appeal against the order of a single judge who stayed the tender process for selecting a master developer for this purpose, the state’s Advocate General Dammalapati Srinivas told a bench of Acting Chief Justice Ramesh Ranganathan and Justice U Durga Prasad Rao that they are looking for an agency that can convert the green fields in the capital region into a modern metropolis.
Explaining further, the AG said that several people have the notion that this job can be done by any real estate builder. “In fact, this is not a job that can be done by a builder. We want someone who can turn these plains into sky-rise buildings, entertainment hubs, industrial corridors etc that can attract investments, create jobs and make our capital a functional capital,” Dammalapati Srinivas said.
“We do not want to repeat the mistakes committed by those who built Naya Raipur, Chandigarh, etc that have remained mere administrative areas with no facilities that can attract and retain people, particularly from trade and commerce,” the AP’s AG said. “In sharp contrast to all this, we have a vision wherein our capital city itself would work as a growth engine for our state,” he added.
Even the single judge who stayed the process proceeded under the premise that this was a real estate project, he said. “In fact, we will not sell the developed plots in Amaravati to all those who are capable of buying them,” the AG said. “We will sell them only to those who are capable of making new investments in their plots. Such inflow of enterprise would create employment for our youth,” he said.
Explaining the difference between a real estate developer and the current developer, the AG said that no real estate developer would study the background of a buyer. “We want to do that because our intention is to ensure over-all growth of our state,” he said. Referring to the grievance of the petitioners, the bench questioned the AG whether non-disclosure of the revenue share details of the Singapore consortium would turn out to be a handicap to them. However, it said that it would deal with this matter when the Swiss Challenge method is discussed.
The bench sought to know from the AG the number of bids received so far and the details of bidders. The AG replied that since the process was stayed one day prior to the date of receiving the dates, there might not be many bidders. However, he assured the bench that he would come out with those details after contacting the authorities. AG Srinivas urged the court to look at the eligibility of the two builders who challenged the process.
“If they are found to be ill-equipped, then the court has to throw them out. Moreover, they have no locus standi to question this process,” he added. The bench sought details from the AG about the tender conditions that laid so much stress on the foreign experience of the contending firms in both constructing buildings and in creating employment.
The bench also said that it would also like to get its doubts clarified on the Swiss Challenge method and also its application in the current case. The AG’s arguments will continue on Friday.
Credits ET Realty