Andhra recovers from YSR death

Vol 13, PW 8 (24 Sep 09) News in Brief

Andhra Pradesh, a state now crowned as the gas supplier of India from the D6 fields, is slowly recovering from this month’s death in a helicopter crash of state chief minister YS Rajshekhar Reddy (YSR).

Infrastructure projects, in particular, will be hit, according to state officials contacted by this report. The biggest casualty of Reddy’s death, they say, will be the 2054-km statewide gas grid promoted by the Reliance-led Krishna Godavari Gas Network, modelled on a similar network in Gujarat.

“It was YSR’s dream that each household in Andhra should have piped gas,â€‌ one official tells us. “But his death will delay this project.

â€‌ Political uncertainty continues following the stopgap appointment of 76-year-old Andhra finance minister K. Rosaiah as chief minister on September 3.

“I fear a slowdown in the pace of development,â€‌ adds another official. Over the past five years AP had begun implementing infrastructure projects totalling $14bn, with another $20bn planned.