Vijayawada: The Andhra Pradesh High Court, on Monday, extended status quo orders on the shifting of the state capital from Amaravati to Vizag city till October 5.

The High Court has adjourned the hearing on the petitions filed in connection with the trifurcation of Andhra Pradesh capital to October 5 and said the trial would be held daily from October 5.

At a time when the YSRCP government wanted to expedite the process of shifting of the capital from Amaravati to Vizag, the court has adjourned the hearing due to some technical reasons. It will hold daily hearings on weekly petitions filed by the farmers in the Amaravati region from October 5.

The advocates appealed to the AP High Court to conduct the hearing on the capital shifting petitions through hybrid hearings wherein a litigant or his/her counsel may appear in person while the other litigant may choose to appear through a video link.

The Amaravati Parirakshana Samiti and others had moved the AP High Court challenging the Capital Region Development Authority (CRDA) Repeal Act and Decentralisation of Governance and Inclusive Development of All Regions Act, which paved the way for the trifurcation of the capital (Executive Capital in Vizag city, Judicial Capital in Kurnool and Legislative Capital in Amaravati).

There are a total of 93 petitions before the High Court relating to the issue. Now, with the adjournment, the hearing on these 93 petitions will be held from October 5.

Responding to the Capital row, the Union government conveyed to the Andhra Pradesh High Court that it has no role in deciding the capital of any state. The Union Home Ministry has reiterated that it has no role in the selection of the place for Capital but has the responsibility to extend financial support for basic infrastructure in the city as decided by the state government.        status quo

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