Even after the chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu has given indicated Vijayawada would be the capital city of residuary state of Andhra Pradesh and declared it as `temporary capital' asking government departments to shift their locations from Hyderabad, confusion prevailed among council of ministers and leaders of ruling party on the issue of capital city.
In its report submitted by the Sivaramakrishnan Committee, appointed by the central government to identify capital reportedly expressed some reservations over the intention of Chandrababu Naidu government to locate new capital around Vijayawada. The committee has submitted its report on Wednesday to the Union Home Secretary Anil Goswami in New Delhi, two days ahead of the date earlier announced by it.
According to soruces that the panel made few suggestions did not identify any particular region where the capital should come up. The main objection of the committee for areas between Vijayawada and Guntur said to be said availability of land was an issue since the area was endowed with fertile land where multiple cropping has been going on. The cost of acquisition would be high and the loss of farm land would lead to the issue of food security, it felt. However, the committee has left the final decision to the AP government.
Only last week senior minister and deputy chief minister K V Krishna Murthy chided municipal administration minister P Narayana, who has been giving statements repetedly stating the capital would come between Vijayawada and Guntur. He asserted that the decision was only for a `temporary capital' and no decision was taken with regard to capital city. Being revenue minister, he also stated that there is no sufficient government land available around Vijayawada for capital.
To put an end to such confrontations among party colleagues, chief minister Chandrababu Naidu today urged the leaders of TDP not to air differences of opinions on the issue of new capital city. He assured that decision on the new capital of residuary Andhra Pradesh would be collectively taken by the party, considering the interests of the entire people of the state.
On the other end, finance minister Yanamala Ramakrishnudu opined that the Sivarama Krishnan Committee's report on the capital of residuary Andhra Pradesh was meant only for providing the guidelines on the subject matter. He said that the final decision on the state new capital would be taken by Andhra Pradesh state government.
He also said that the centre would take a decision on the capital issue following the discussions with the state government. He felt that similar to the Srikrishna Committee's report which had many options, Sivarama Krishnan committee also provided many options out of which the best one will be selected.
Yanamala responded to the concerns raised about environment and the pollution and said that wherever may be the place, the area will be polluted wherever the capital will be built. He also opined that the surrounding places would develop if the capital is built at any place surrounded by few small towns.
He said that if the opposition party has any concerns about the new capital, the same may be taken to Sivarama Krishnan committee's knowledge, as there was no need for the government to consider the views of opposition on the capital issue.
Agriculture Minister Prathipati Pulla Rao said there is no confusion in the state regarding the capital. Speaking in AP Assembly lobby Pulla Rao said despite SivaramaKrishnan committee report, the capital will be established in between Vijayawada - Guntur cities. He also said that CM Chandrababu Naidu is clear about the new capital formation, and requested his colleagues not to make diverse statements