Adding fuel to the controversy over location of capital, Amaravati, Minister Botsa Satyanarayana, hinted at the possible shifting of the capital once again. The Minister said that the construction in the present Amaravati location has become very costly affair due to the soil and it required a relook into the issue. The government is also giving importance to the recommendations of the Sivaramakrishnan Committee, which made a study on the issue at the time of bifurcation and had recommended against locating the capital between Guntur and Vijayawada.
The Minister said that the government had already constituted an expert committee to study the Amaravati issue. The committee is looking into the issues of land allotments and work contracts in Amaravati. As the report on these issues is almost ready and would be submitted to chief minister Y S Jagan mohan Reddy in a week or so, the government is now planning to expand the scope of the committee to study the proposal to relocate the capital.
The Minister further said that the government is also looking into the demands for relocation of the High Court to Rayalaseema or North Andhra, besides finding suitable location for the capital. The government is spending huge amount of money on the foundation for every building which could be avoided if a suitable soil is identified. The flood threat to the present capital is also an important issue for the government, the Minister said.
If the government plans to shift the capital, it would be a major issue as there would be a protest from the people, who have almost made up their mind on Amaravati. Any attempt to shift the capital would come as a major blow to the government, in the given circumstances.
It is to be seen how this government is intending to handle this sensitive issue as it gets ready with the expert committee report.