Vijayawada has been announced as the new capital of Andhra Pradesh by Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu earlier today. The announcement was made by CM Naidu in the state Legislative Assembly. He clears that the decision was taken in the state cabinet meeting on 1st September. Though, the decision was to be announced earlier this week only, but was delayed due to astrological reasons.
The opposition parties are
not happy with the decision and are demanding a discussion over this
issue. The opposition claims that Vijayawada is dominated by the
powerful and affluent Kamma community, an important support base for
Naidu, and the CM chose Vijaywada to suit his personal interest.
In anticipation, the land
prices had already soared in the stretch between Guntur and
Vijayawada towns. As Naidu has already made it clear that he will
create a new capital and model it on the lines of Singapore.
However, the Sivaramakrishnan
committee constituted by the UPA government had said that designating
the region as the capital would bring up economic and environmental
problems as well.
In June, Andhra Pradesh was
bifurcated to create India's youngest state, Telangana. For 10 years,
Andhra Pradesh has been given the right to share the prosperous IT
hub of Hyderabad as its capital with Telangana. But after that, the
city, developed as a Silicon Valley of sorts by Mr Naidu around a
decade ago when he was last in power, will belong to Telangana.