Row over Andhra Pradesh capital


Ever since the new government assumed charge after the 2019 general elections, the major controversy is surrounding around the new capital, Amaravati. The government had stopped all works in the capital, which were assigned by the previous Telugu Desam Party government. This had given scope for the people to suspect the intentions of the government on continuing Amaravati as capital. The YSR Congress, while in Opposition, had always raised objections over Amaravati, including the moneys pent on the construction of the interim secretariat and Assembly buildings at Velagapudi. Jaganmohan Reddy had promised to return the lands to the farmers, if they were taken by force. In spite of its opposition on Amaravati, people have voted for the party, particularly in the two Assembly constituencies that are part of Amaravati capital city, indicating that they have no objections even if the capital is shifted.

Minister Botsa Satyanarayana had been raising the issue of flood threat to the capital, besides the unsuitability of the location for the capital in view of the expenses incurred for foundation of the buildings. The opposition Telugu Desam Party and the Bharatiya Janata Party have campaigned that the government was planning to shift the capital. Even Jana Sena too joined this campaign despite the government denouncing any such move. Now, Botsa had made yet another comment that Amaravati was not officially notified as capital by the previous government and it had no legal sanctity. This had raked up a new issue on the capital, with people engaged in debate.

The TDP government had passed the AP Capital Region Development Authority (APCRDA) Act on December 22, 2014. The Act was published in the AP Gazette on December 30, 2014. On the same day the government issued constituting AP Capital Region Development Authority, notified Capital Region area and the capital city area, which were also published in the AP Gazette. The irony is that the capital city villages were later named as Amaravati which was not published in the Gazette, giving legal sanctity to the capital. This was what the Minister said, which is true legally. It is to be seen how the TDP would justify this failure.

Ram Tatavarthi
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