Visakhapatnam: Bheemunipatnam, which has been popular as Bheemili, the second oldest municipality in the country after Surat in Gujarat and the first municipality in Andhra Pradesh, gained much importance as Bheemili will be the Executive Capital of Andhra Pradesh.

The sleepy Coastal Town Bheemili in Vizag city has a rich history in India. But, Bheemili appears to be the silent witness of utter negligence when it comes to the development.

Bheemili is the second municipality in the country, formed as it was in 1861, which was once known for its heritage structures such as Dutch fort complex, clock tower, 116-door mansion, Cemetery along with St Peter’s Chapel and few others.

Recently YSR Congress Party general secretary and Rajya Sabha MP, V Vijayasai Reddy said that they are chalking out plans to set up the Executive Capital at Bheemili in Vizag city.

Since Bheemili area in Vizag city has a huge chunk of government lands, the ruling YSR Congress is of the opinion that Bheemili has a great past and bright future so that placing the Executive Capital at Bheemili is the ideal decision.

Vizag District Collector V Vinay Chand said that at least 3,000 acres of land are required for the proposed Executive Capital in Vizag city as the Executive Capital will house the Chief Minister’s office, Head-Quarters of all departments, residential quarters and few others.

The revenue officials said that larger pockets of land are available in Bheemili, Anandapuram, Padmanabham and Gambheram areas under Bheemili Assembly segment.

Visualizing Bheemili and Vizag as another Mumbai, Tourism Minister M Srinivasa Rao, who is also MLA of Bheemili, said that Vizag will be developed as Mumbai in the next ten years once the Executive Capital set up in the city.

The residents of the Bheemili expressed that the services and infrastructure will be improved in Bheemili, which was neglected for decades.

Few old residents in Bheemili, who remembers Bheemili of the 80’s claim that after Bollywood movie Ek Duje Keliye was shot, Bheemili had become most popular tourism destination. Bheemili has clean beaches and historic temples, we are hoping that Bheemili will bounce back as the top destination in the coming days, the residents opined. EOM

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One comment on "YSR Congress plans to set up executive capital at Bheemili in Vizag"

  • Decentralization of administration for the growth of all regions in the state in a balanced way is a good policy but the present recommendations of the committee and YSRCP leaders out bursts on this show it is all “Eyewash”. Vijag is the YSRCP’s Capital of AP while TDP’s Capital of AP is Amaravati.

    The Executive Capital at Vijag is over loaded with around 75% of Capital activities while the other two Capitals [really they are not Capitals, Vijag is the Capital of AP] get around 25% of Capital activities only. By this YSRCP is doing the same mistake as that of TDP. Both think Capital means “Real Estate”. Both the Amaravati and Bheemili suffer from the point of environment and as well land litigations – inside trading at Amaravati and SIT enquiry on land deals, pollution and as well it is an adda to anti-social activities in Vijag.
    • From the judicial capital, separate benches were allocated to Amaravati and Visakhapatnam but from the activities of the other two capitals, none were allocated to Kurnool capital;
    • From legislative capital summer assembly sessions were allocated to Vijag – very horrible time in Visakhapatnam but no such provision was given to Kurnool like winter assembly sessions. However, division of assembly sessions is a bad idea;
    • From executive capital none were separated. Why? For example irrigation and mining departments could be located in Kurnool; municipal administration could be located in Amaravati; etc. without effecting the executive capital functioning;
    From all the media reports, it is clear that there will not be three capitals but only one Capital at Vijag, a very bad idea; instead the best choice is to have Capital at Amaravati in DRY AREAS.
    In view of all these it is essential to take balanced act on the distribution of activities among the three capitals instead overloading executive capital city or one Capital at Amaravati in dry areas. Otherwise it seriously affects YSRCP’s fortunes in the next elections as Kurnool and Amaravati are infructuous Capitals – only on paper.

    Dr. S. Jeevananda Reddy

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