Building of new city in south India raises fears of debt bondage, campaigners say

By REUTERS
September 22, 2016 17:15

 
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CHENNAI, India - The building of a new capital city in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh will fuel demand for migrant labor and put thousands of poor workers at the risk of debt bondage, campaigners said, demanding a "dignified work policy" for them.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone of Amaravati, on the banks of Krishna river, in June 2015.

Construction has already started on the site, where 5,558 hectares of land will be developed as commercial and industrial space with residential areas spread across 8,050 hectares.

"Building of this modern city will attract workers from some of the poorest districts of the country," said Umi Daniel, a migrant rights activist with campaign group Aide Et Action.

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