According to chief minister Chandrababu Naidu, Andhra Pradesh's capital would be centrally located around Vijayawada
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu has formally announced the state’s new capital around Vijayawada region, adding that this is the most centrally-located area. Naidu-led TDP has also proposed three mega cities and 14 smart cities to boost development in the region.
Nearly 50% of the representations received by the state government favoured the Vijayawada-Guntur region, according to an official statement. The decision was taken after a comprehensive study of prevailing conditions, potential, and economic growth strategies of each district.
Naidu has also promised to improve, air, rail and road connectivity for all districts to position Andhra Pradesh as a logistics hub and revive economy in the state.
Meanwhile, the centrally-appointed Sivaramakrishnan Committee, which had opposed the Vijayawada region as capital, also presented its report before the state Legislative Assembly on Thursday.
Making a statement in the Legislative Assembly amid a din caused by opposition YSR Congress, Naidu said, "The Cabinet met on 1st September and resolved to locate the capital city in a central place of the state, around Vijayawada, and go for decentralised development of the state with three mega cities and 14 smart cities.
"It is proposed to go for land pooling system to be worked out by a Cabinet sub-committee," he said.
The Andhra Pradesh Reorganization Act 2014, which came into force on 1 March 2014, provided for the reorganization of the existing state of Andhra Pradesh.
“Andhra Pradesh capital to be centrally located around Vijayawada. Will do justice to every city through decentralised development,” tweeted Andhra CM Chandrababu Naidu.