AP govt ignored Central panel on new capital

Even as the voice of YSR Congress MLA was drowned in the din that prevailed in the Andhra Pradesh Assembly on Thursday, the day the Chief Minister declared Vijayawada region to host the new state capital, the point the legislator raised needs a relook.

“Why the information sought by the five-member Sivaramakrishna Committee appointed by the Union home ministry to study the alternatives for a new Andhra Pradesh capital was not provided by the district authorities, particularly about available land in Rayalaseema and the main contender Prakasam district,” the Opposition asked quoting few paragraphs from the report.

The report said that in early July 2014, the committee received some information from the Department of Town & Country Planning (DTCP) indicating in a map eight possible locations for a capital. All these eight locations are in the general region which were referred to as middle Andhra, not far from Vijayawada and Guntur.

Out of these Musunuru adjoins Eluru is beyond the VGTM (Vijayawada-Guntur-Tenali-Mangalagiri) boundary. The other site suggested is Pulichintala about 40 km from the Vijayawada station beyond Amravati and located upstream of Krishna. Macherla is further west of Pulichintala and is close to Nagarjunasagar Dam.

It is nearly 100 km away from Vijayawada. The four sites suggested by the DTCP are Bollapalli, Vinukonda, Martur and Donakonda.

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