New Capital city for Andhra Pradesh, Seemandhra
The much awaited Bill for separate Telangana has passed in the parliament. Now the much talked news is about the new capital to be announced by the center. The central government has promised to announce the capital within 45 days. A committee shall be constituted to identify the place suitable for establishing the capital. This seems to be only for administrative purpose.
Which cities are in the list seeking for capital of seemandhra/ Andhra Pradesh?
Visakhapatnam, Tirupathi, Kurnool, Vijayawada, Guntur, Ongole, Eluru, Rajahmundry and Donakonda are the cities competing for accommodating the new capital for the new state of Andhra Pradesh.
Presently Visakhapatnam is the biggest city. But will be far for Rayalaseema people. Tirupathi is also far from Visakhapatnam. The leaders from Kurnool are demanding to set up the capital as they have lost capital to Hyderabad earlier. But in the Telangana Bill the central government has announced special status for North Andhra and Rayalaseema regions. Because of this special status these districts may not be considered for the capital. Between Vijayawada and Guntur is also considered for capital formation. This will become a city of more than 20 lakhs population. If the capital announced and neighboring town and Villages are merged into the city then it can become a city with a population of more than 30 lakhs and has got good chances of becoming major city shortly. This area is having Airport, Railway stations, sea port nearby and Highways connecting to Chennai Hyderabad.
There are strong rumors that Donakonda is the town where there are nearly 50,000 acres of government land available. This place is having airport and railway station. This can be said to be centrally located for both Rayalaseema and Andhra regions. We have to wait eagerly for some time for the announcement of capital by union government.