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Andhra Pradesh in search of a new capital: Which cities are in the race?
With Parliament clearing the Telangana Bill amidst controversy, the focus has now shifted towards finding a new capital for Andhra Pradesh. According the commitment given by the Centre, the new capital of Andhra Pradesh (residual) has to be announced within 45 days of formation of Telangana state.

Though the major contenders in the race are Vishakapatnam and Vijaywada, but there are many other towns in Seemandhra which are into this mad race, to get the capital status. Lets have a look on the list of towns participating in the race and a clear analysis of it:

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Vishakapatnam

Popularly known as 'Vizag' is first in the list of contenders in the race. The qualities which make the city the No.1 contender is that, it is having a major port, and has many public sector and private industries. Apart from this, the city is the headquarter of Eastern Naval Command. It has a cosmopolitan culture and has a huge scope of development. But, interestingly the people of the city are not so enthusiastic about Vizag becoming a new capital.

Vijayawada

The Commercial and the political capital of Andhra Pradesh is second in the run. The plus point with Vijaywada is that, it is well connected to other parts of the country, and is a also an educational and cultural hub. The city is located on the banks of river Krishna, and has a good water resource. But the only drawback is the short supply of land in this city.

Kurnool

This city, which comes into Rayalaseema district was the capital of Andhra Pradesh between 1953 and 1956 (before the formation of United Andhra Pradesh). T G Venkatesh, Minor Irrigation Minister in the outgoing Kiran Kumar Reddy government, has suggested this city, but the drawbacks are, it is not well connected to other cities in the state, lack of infrastructure, no proper road connectivity and non-availability of an airport.

Tirupati, the famous temple town of Andhra Pradesh, and Ongol are also in the list of contenders for the status of capital. But all these cities have their own advantages and disadvantages. To become a capital, the city should fulfil few parameters like, a capital city should have minimum of 10,000 acres of land, should have a proper infrastructure and should have good road and rail connectivity. Last but not the least, the city should have the scope of development.

According to some media reports, a new city in the race for capital status is Donakonda. The AP State chief secretary has mentioned Donakonda town as the best suited place for Andhra Pradesh capital. 

It is a town and a Mandal in Prakasam district and is well connected to Bangalore, Hubli, Guntur and Secunderabad through Road and Rail. It is also well connected to the Seemandhra towns like Kurnool, Guntur, Vijayawada, Nellore, Tirupati and Kadapa.

The land needed for the development can also be obtained by denotifying forest land around Donakonda. The city also has an airport and a good railway line connectivity. The weather conditions of the town are also said to be very pleasant. It has about 54,000 Acres Government Lands and has a population of just 5 lakh.


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