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Sep 04, 2014 at 12:52pm IST

CM Chandrababu Naidu announces Vijaywada area as the capital of Andhra Pradesh

Hyderabad: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Thursday announced Vijaywada as the capital of Andhra Pradesh. The announcement was made in the state Assembly.

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 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.

"This decision of the Cabinet is a reflection of the popular sentiment, and is affirmed by views expressed in the representations received by the Sivaramakrishnan Committee

(appointed by the Centre)," he said.

"Nearly 50 per cent of the representations received by the Committee favoured Vijayawada-Guntur region as the best location for the capital area," Chandrababu said.

The Sivaramakrishnan Committee which was appointed by the UPA government opposed the Vijayawada-Guntur stretch as the capital region stating that it could cause ecological problems.

However, the Naidu government sees the region as geographically central and also an area that can attract investors.

The opposition YSR Congress had also demanded a discussion over the issue.

Andhra MLA G Shrikanth Reddy said, "First of all we are against bifurcation, some areas are going to lose a lot. We are not against any district or any place. Where government land 35 to 40, 000 acres are available, build the city there. Call all party meeting, have discussions in the Assemnly."