While the boundaries about the new capital city have been given a clarity, development plans of the capital swing would naturally will take off. As per the government sources, Naidu is more keen on developing a new international airport altogether rather than going for upgradation of the existing Gannavaram airport.
While the centre is very keen on funding the international project by upgrading the existing airport, state government is not so keen on that. Like land pooling became an issue for the development of the capital city, even the same is applicable for the expansion and upgradation of the existing airport to meet the demands of the growing air traffic in the new capital city.
As per the present plan, Gannavaram will be used to meet the demands of the air traffic for another 10 years and meanwhile plans on altogether a new international airport would surface and hence Naidu isn’t keen on sending proposals on new airport in haste. The district authorities of the existing airport are likely to handover the land to the Airports Authority of India for further expansion of the Gannavaram airport like taking up expansion of the runaway.
The development plans which were taken up before the division of the state have to be revised as the needs of a new capital city are different from those of any other city. Whether it is the new capital or the new airport, either way the main issue is land pooling and to develop a proper strategy to ensure farmer’s faith in the whole process which seems to be the top prority for Naidu.