Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Thursday made it official that the new capital of Andhra Pradesh would be developed “around Vijayawada” at an estimated cost of Rs 5 lakh crore as the region was centrally located giving “equal access to people” from all parts of the residuary state.
In the Assembly, the government also announced that it would go for decentralised development of the state with 3 mega cities and 14 smart cities, besides making it clear that the land for developing a “world-class” capital would be acquired through pooling by asking “farmers to give up part of their land and make them partners in development”.
Speaking in the House, the CM said, “The cabinet of government of Andhra Pradesh met on September 1 and resolved to locate the capital city in a central place of the state around Vijayawada, and to go for decentralised development of the state with 3 mega cities and 14 smart cities. It is proposed to go for land pooling system to be worked out by a Cabinet sub-committee. This decision of the Cabinet is a reflection of the popular sentiment, and is affirmed by views expressed in the representations received by the K Sivaramakrishnana Committee.”
He later said, “Nearly, 50 per cent of the representations received by the committee favoured Vijayawada-Guntur region as the best location for the capital area. In this context, as resolved by the Cabinet, the State Government is of the opinion that the interests of the state and its balanced development can be best served by location the capital city at a place around Vijayawada. This will enable equal access to people from all regions of the state.’’
Opposition YSR Congress Party, however, created ruckus to stall the Assembly proceedings demanding that the House discuss the Sivaramakrishnana Committee report.