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Andhra Pradesh panel to list capital options

Andhra-Pradesh LogoHyderabad: The Andhra Pradesh government on Sunday constituted a nine-member high-level advisory committee that will visit top cities of the world and suggest designs and various other aspects for building a world-class capital city.

This committee will also meet the Centre-appointed Sivaramakrishnan Committee on Tuesday in Delhi.

Sources said the state-level committee would formally inform the Sivaramakrishnan Committee that the AP government was in favour of building its capital city between Vijayawada and Guntur as the location was centrally located between Srikakulam and Kurnool, i.e. between Andhra and Rayalaseema.

Though the Sivaramakrishnan Committee has identified multiple locations in Andhra and Rayalaseema that are suitable for setting up the capital, sources said the final decision of deciding the location remained with the state government.

Projects being planned by the AP government, from proposing to develop a 18-km Outer Ring Road linking Vijayawada-Guntur-Tenali-Mangalagiri, decongesting traffic in the proposed capital city, seeking 30 TMC feet of drinking water allocation from Krishna river, to the proposed Metro Rail connectivity between Vijayawada and Guntur, have given credence to the talk that the new capital will come up between Vijayawada and Guntur on either side of river Krishna as the proposed location also has road, rail and air connectivity to all regions in the state.

Though there is a demand from the people, politicians and ministers for capital city to be set up in Rayalaseema region, especially in Kurnool or Anantapur, indications are that the TD government is in favour of Vijayawada and Guntur only.

When contacted, municipal administration and urban development minister, Dr P. Narayana, who is heading the nine-member committee as its chairman, said that three national and international level experts with experience in building world class cities would also be made special invitees to the nine-member committee to suggest an action plan to develop the capital city.

“Within the nine-member committee, we will form sub-committees. These sub-panels will visit Singapore and other world-class cities to study and suggest models to be emulated in building AP’s capital city. The government has taken care to see that only people with a vision of building a world-class city have been made members,” Mr Narayana said.