Even as the debate over dislocation of the capital for the State from Amaravati is continuing, a senior Congress leader and former Union minister Chinta Mohan had sought to advise the State government to shift the capital to Tirupathi. He said that Amaravati had been a cursed place for centuries. No ruler who presided over from this place was successful including Chandrababu Naidu, he said. The former minister asked the government to study the history and know how cursed is the place.
Chinta Mohan offered Tirupathi, the holy town to be made the capital of the State. He wanted the government to use the existing Tirupati Tirumala Devastanam (TTD) administrative buildings for the new capital. The capital thus would be close to Chennai and Bengaluru, the two international cities and would be easy to reach even from Hyderabad, he said. He further said that the infrastructure of the TTD would provide transit halt for the administrative mechanism of the State government, including the secretariat, chief minister’s office and the chief minister’s camp office.
Besides being historically a cursed place, Amaravati is also a costly affair with construction cost becoming double and triple than the cost compared in other places. The government would have to put more money for foundation rather than the original building as the soil is not suitable for multi-storeyed buildings. It was already proved in the case of the interim secretariat where the government had pumped money for foundation. The second disadvantage for the capital is seen in the flood threat. Whenever there is flood to Krishna river, there is water in the capital villages. The seepage water is seen everywhere making it difficult for construction activity. Besides, if there is flood to Kondaveeti Vagu, the sorrow of Amaravati, the whole area gets inundated. This has been happening at least once in every 15 years and this stream passes through the capital area.
However, the government had time and again made it clear that it would not disturb the capital and had no plans to shift the location too.