Thursday, September 4, 2014

Andhra Pradesh gets new capital in Vijayawada region

Prakasam Barrage

The city of Vijayawada was on Thursdsy named the new capital of Andhra Pradesh.
Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu told the assembly that the government has decided to "locate the capital at central place of the state around Vijayawada".

Naidu said the decision was taken in the state cabinet meeting September 1. 

"Andhra Pradesh capital to be centrally located around Vijayawada. Will do justice to every city through decentralised development," Naidu tweeted.

The naming of a new capital for Andhra Pradesh was due on Tuesday but Naidu had junked his plans of announcing the name due to "auspicious" reasons.

So the naming was revealed on Dashami which falls on Thursday.

There was speculation that the government would declare the state capital between Vijayawada and Guntur. However, the was rejected by the Sivaramakrishnan Committee, appointed to look for a new capital.

The five-member panel headed by former Urban Development Secretary K Sivaramakrishnan had ruled in favour of Donakonda in Prakasam district, about 175 km south of Vijayawada.

But Naidu was said to be not keen on it, saying a capital cannot be created in the middle of nowhere with no airport or other facilities.

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