Ahead of the upcoming Tirupati by-polls, many development projects that have the potential to transform Tirupati as one of the top Indian cities in terms of development remain unfinished. No concrete efforts have been made for the progress of these projects by the ruling YSRCP government by even having a greater majority in the parliament.
Among these projects, Gudur – Dugarajapatnam Railway Line, which has been pending for a longer time, did not have any substantial progress. This 42-km long broad gauge railway line was sanctioned to bring rail connectivity to the hitherto unconnected and interior areas in the Nellore district. Another important project is the Dugarajapatnam port with an investment of Rs.8,000 crore promised for the completion of the project. A topographical survey and a feasibility report were carried on by Rail India Technical and Economic Services (RITES) on the port, where a detailed project report was submitted, for which the Union Cabinet had approved the proposal. The Supreme Court had also enquired the Union Government about the status of the overall project. This can also be seen as the ruling party YSRCP’s failure to convince and demand the central government concerning the important aspirations of Tirupati.
NTPC-BHEL Power Projects Limited (NBPPL) plant was also one of the major projects, which was launched in 2009 at Mannavaram in Chittoor district. The plant was primarily meant to manufacture boilers, turbines, and generators. If the project had been completed, the plant would have been a major source of job opportunities for 6,000 people directly and 25,000 people indirectly. This measure could have changed the phase of industrialization in the region.
Highlighting the issues related to pending projects, as a part of the campaign for the upcoming Tirupati by-polls, TDP candidate for Tirupati parliamentary by-election, and the Ex-Union Minister, Panabaka Lakshmi promised to cater the completion of the pending projects mainly focusing on the completion of Dugarajapatnam Port and the BHEL project. The establishment of an IT sector in the area and industrialization of the zone have also been raised as a prime matter of concern for the region.