Development and Urbanization
To build its new capital, Amaravati, the state of Andhra Pradesh has embarked on a race against time. Just two years after his election, the government of Andhra Pradesh decided to anticipate the relocation of its capital by installing the new seat of power in the heart of the future city near the village of Velagapudi in the coastal area.
Since, on about 200 km² of farmland, stand cranes, open dual-lane highways, the canals of a future hydrographic network are emerging. In the middle of the construction sites remain the old villages and their inhabitants who attend the disappearance of all traces of their past life. Against the promise of a developable plot in the future capital and a decennial rent to fill their lack of income, most landowners have renounced their property, but also their way of life.
Are there still peasants in the 29 villages covered by Amaravati? What happens to the handicraft workers, the agricultural workers or the service casts who are also part of the rural society? How do all these populations build a future citysenship? Thanks to a recent fieldwork, we will show how emerging urban actors are transforming this space at the cost of the brutal disappearance of its peasantry. All this takes place without the need to move people, without expulsion, as in so many other industrial or urban projects.