A ‘temporary’ capital is likely to come up between Guntur and Vijayawada shortly and the infrastructure at Acharya Nagarjuna University (ANU) and APSP Battalion at Mangalagiri could be used to house the administrative machinery.
A senior official told The Hindu on Monday that the region could be in the reckoning for a temporary capital soon after the new Government is sworn in. The model, design and various plans for building a new capital region would be worked out in the coming months.
The expert committee constituted by Government of India to explore various options had a micro assessment of the region around the temple town of Mangalagiri, the rail and road connectivity and made a survey of the availability of reserved forest land with the help of Google maps.
Surrounded by six-lane national highway on one side and Guntur-Vijayawada rail line on the other side, the place was being actively considered as an ideal choice.
Later, the team drove to ANU campus and then to Amaravati before heading back to Guntur where there had an interactive session with government officials and received representations from civil society.