AP govt scouts for temporary capital

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Tuesday asked the state level advisory committee to look for an ad hoc capital that could host key administrative offices until a permanent seat of administration is chosen.

Though he did not name the city, one of his ministers dropped enough indications that the ad-hoc capital would be in the Guntur-Vijayawada region.  The chief minister met the panel members to discuss the potential state capital.

A delegation from global consultancy firm McKinsey made a presentation during the meeting titled “Vision for AP Capital”.  Asking the committee members to create a master plan for the capital, Naidu said the new city should be unique and slum-free.
The chief minister said the city should have 60 per cent share of flora and fauna and wanted it to be the “talk of the world” and a tourist destination.

Naidu added that there should be an equal distribution of social infrastructure facilities like schools and hospitals. The members have also been asked to study land distribution for the capital—for government, residential, commercial and cultural purposes.

The committee has been asked to study cities like Chandigarh, New Raipur, Navi Mumbai and Gandhinagar and global cities like Brasilia, Singapore, Putrajaya (in Malaysia) to develop the model for the new capital city. Naidu suggested that the team should complete the review of Indian cities by August end and check out cities of South East Asia, China, Japan, Korea, West Asia and Europe by October end.

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