Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy on Friday, June 12, 2020 signed an MoU with GMR Group to construct an international greenfield airport at Dibbalapalem village of Bhogapuram mandal in Vizianagaram district, which will be on par with GMR Hyderabad international airport in Shamshabad.
In fact, this project was conceived by previous CM N Chandrababu Naidu, who even laid foundation for airport in February 2019.
Naidu had allotted 2,700 acres for airport. But Jagan has now reduced the land extent to 2,200 acres. The YSRCP government took back 500 acres from GMR group.
This triggered speculations over why Jagan reduced 500 acres and what he will do with these 500 acres.
It is very well known that Jagan wants to shift AP administrative capital from Amaravathi to Vizag.
Bhogapuram airport lands are located just 60 kilometre away from Vizag.
Speculations are rife that Jagan wants to utilise these 500 acres for administrative capital since government is facing dearth of government lands in Vizag and acquiring private lands turned difficult due to astronomical land prices in Vizag.
Jagan announced to set up Metro Rail project connecting Bhogapuram to Vizag giving clear indications that Bhogapuram will be part of capital region.
Jagan wants to utilise 500 acres for construction of government offices and other buildings that are needed in the capital region to make Vizag as executive capital.