Panel to assign residual AP capital

Panel to assign residual AP capital

With several political parties suggesting different names for the new capital for the Seemandhra region, the Centre has decided to constitute an expert committee for finalising the place and other required details.

An expert panel will be constituted and within 45 days of the Telangana Bill being enacted by Parliament, it will recommend the new capital, Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh told reporters here.

Jairam, who is also a member of a group of ministers for create Telangana, told reporters that the Centre would fund for buildings, including Raj Bhavan, Secretariat, High Court, of the new capital.
The bill, cleared by the Cabinet, will be sent to the President with a request to make a reference to the Andhra Pradesh Assembly to obtain its views.

According to the decision, Hyderabad will remain the common capital for both states for a period not exceeding 10 years.

On the issue of water-sharing, Ramesh said the Centre would create a two-tier institutional mechanism–political and administrative– to address it.

“On water, we are suggesting a two-tier mechanism– an apex council comprising  chief ministers in order to discuss issues relating to planning of water resources and two boards–a Krishna River Board and Godavari River Board– to do the day-to-day management regulation and administration to ensure that the award to the tribunal will get implemented,” he said.

He said the Krishna board will be located in residual Andhra Pradesh and the Godavari board will in Telangana.

He said that Polavaram will be declared a national project and would be executed by the Union government following all environmental and R&R norms. 

The minister also appealed to political parties in Andhra Pradesh not to make "dangerous" statements and cooperate with the Centre to ensure smooth bifurcation.

His statement came amid reports that his party colleague and Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy had signalled a rebellion in the Congress against the bifurcation move.

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