A big debate is started in Andhra Pradesh with the new government making some adverse comments on the location of the new capital in Amaravati. Minister for Municipal Administration and Urban Development, Botsa Satyanarayana, had been making statements against the location, particularly in terms of the soil and flood threat.
On several occasions, the minister said that the soil was not suitable for construction of multi-storeyed buildings. He said that the government had to pump money for foundation of the building. He also pointed out the flood threat to the capital from river Krishna and also from the Kondaveeti Vagu, the stream that flows through the entire capital region.
As the debate over the government’s plans to shift the capital continue, the Minister had once again ignited the debate by stating that an expert committee was constituted to make recommendations on the capital location. The Minister, who addressed a press conference in Visakhapatnam on Wednesday evening, said that the expert committee would tour entire state and study the suitable place for the capital. It would also study the suitable aspects of the present location and make recommendations.
This statement had further ignited the debate on the possibility of the capital being shifted from the present location. Mangalagiri MLA Alla Ramakrishna Reddy had already written to the Chief Minister requesting him to shift the capital to Mangalagiri-Tadepalli sector, which is located on the Chennai-Kolkata national highway. The soil here is more suitable for construction, unlike the present location and added that there is above 15,000 acres of government land available.
Interestingly, most of the government offices, at least a dozen of the offices of the Heads of Departments (HoDs) are located along this national highway. The chief minister had not made any statement on the capital issue so far and is continuing his office from the interim buildings at Velagapudi.
Now that the minister said that the expert committee would decide on the capital, it is to be seen where it prefers now and what it does with the present 33,000 acres of land taken from the farmers here!