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Panel leaves it to AP govt to choose the state capital
The Sivaramakrishnan Committee, appointed by the Central government to identify capital for residuary Andhra Pradesh, submitted its report to the Union Home Ministry Anil Goswami on Wednesday, suggesting various alternatives for location of the capital of Andhra Pradesh and not one place.

The committee has also rejected the location of capital in and around Vijayawada-Guntur, saying that it will have long-term economic and environmental consequences and suggested three regions, Vizag zone comprising VUDA areas from Srikakulam to Kakinada; Rayalaseema Arc with Kurnool and Anantapur; and Srikalahasti 'spine' for locating capital buildings and institutions.

The committee conscientiously avoided pin-pointing one place and suggested many options in the main report presented on Wednesday. It is also learnt that the committee recommended the AP government to adopt the decentralisation of the development of the state and provide platform for the holistic development of the state.

While talking to the media, the committee chairman had hinted for adopting a 'Bhubaneswar model', as it would be appropriate to be emulated for constructing a capital for AP. However they insisted on development of all the 13 districts as growth centers which would lead to decentralization, lessen the burden on the capital city.

Another committee appointed by the State government and headed by Minister for Municipal Administration and Urban development P Narayana to identify the capital, is yet to submit its report.

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