Just across the river bridge from crowded Vijayawada city is a bare landscape. The arms of construction cranes are frozen mid-air over incomplete skyscrapers. A car whizzes past every few minutes on a six-lane highway that was once envisioned as a river of traffic. Thousands of migrant workers, once here to help build infrastructure, left for home a few weeks ago.
This dusty, sprawling construction site is where a city, Amaravati, is meant to rise.
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on December 15, 2019, with the headline What lies ahead for Amaravati after aborted capital-city project. Subscribe