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Vijayawada to be Andhra Pradesh's capital: N Chandrababu Naidu

Friday, 5 September 2014 - 6:20am IST | Place: Hyderabad | Agency: dna

Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Thursday declared Vijayawada region, erstwhile political capital of coastal state to be the new capital of the residual state.

His announcement came five days after the state cabinet approved Vijayawada region as the popular choice. Shivaramakrishnan committee submitted its report for decentralisation of government establishment instead of locating everything in one spot like Hyderabad.

The equidistance of the Vijaywada region from Kurnool in southwest to Srikakulam in northeast and Tirupati in south of the state, made it a popular choice. The government is also considering of naming the new capital as NTR Nagar.

Making a statement in the Legislative Assembly amid a din caused by opposition YSR Congress, Naidu said, "The Cabinet met on September 1 and resolved to locate the capital city in a central place of the state, around Vijayawada, and go for decentralized development of the state with three mega cities and 14 smart cities."

Naidu countered the opposition's demand and made it clear that he has no vested interest in deciding Vijayawada as the capital. Clarifying it Naidu said, "Even I wanted Tirupati to be the capital. But it's conscious decision to choose Vijayawada as capital, as it is centrally located."

YSR Congress MLAs stalled the proceedings demanding that the House first discuss the Sivaramakrishnan Committee report on location of new state capital. The House had to be adjourned twice for 15 and 10 minutes respectively as the opposition legislators remained in the Well, holding placards and raising slogans for a discussion on the subject.

Naidu, however assured that support to backward regions of North coastal districts and Rayalaseema and announced proposed projects for them. "I am responsible for all round development of the state. Telagnana has the surplus budget only because of my smart governance initiatives, which are paying dividends now. We will replicate the same policy in AP benefiting every one," he said

Naidu informed, "Nearly 50 per cent of the representations received by the committee favored Vijayawada-Guntur region as the best location for the capital area."

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