Hydearabad: The five-year-old Andhra Pradesh is likely to have three capitals, on the lines of South Africa. While Amaravati remains the legislative capital, Visakhapatnam will be the executive capital. Besides, Kurnool with the High Court might subsequently become the judicial capital of Andhra Pradesh.
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy strongly advocated for a decentralised development. He hinted that the priorities of the state should be in tune with the aspirations of the people, and the option of multiple capitals could be considered. A committee, which will decide on the capital region, will submit its report in a couple of days. Following which the government has to discuss developing all areas.
“We can think in terms of having three capitals. One is the legislative, while the other two being the executive and judicial capitals. A reputed consultancy firm will give its report as well, and we would take a decision after discussing the details and logistics,” Jagan said. He was speaking in the assembly on the last day of the winter sessions.
The CM added that Visakhapatnam, which has the infrastructure, could be considered for being the executive capital without much investment. “While Amaravati remains the legislative capital, Kurnool can be considered as the judiciary capital, giving a balanced development,” Jagan said.
Making a statement during the discussion on Amaravati, he said that the previous government had brought in a grand design developing 53,000 acres with a cost of Rs 1.09 lakh crores. However, Jagan noted that the vast amount could very well be used for other priorities. He mentioned that the government could provide water to Rayalaseema for Rs 60,000 crore, as they face water scarcity despite the heavy rains and floods.
“We need Rs 16,000 cores for taking Polavaram water to north Andhra and develop the drinking water grid. Meanwhile, we need Rs 40,000 crore for the Nadu Nedu programme and Rs 29,000 cores for schools and hospital. Since our priorities are different and aimed at welfare, we have to consider if spending Rs 1.09 lakh cores is necessary for capital formation,” said the CM.
However, Opposition Leader N Chandrababu Naidu termed the CM’s decision regarding the three Capitals as wrong and criticised Jagan for creating confusion.