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Updated: August 8, 2013 05:03 IST

Six cities in race for new Seemandhra capital

Ravi Reddy
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RUN FOR RIGHTS: With debates on the future capital of Andhra State raging, it is like a free run with views and reviews expressed on the potentiality of various cities to become the new headquarters. Photo: K.R. Deepak
The Hindu RUN FOR RIGHTS: With debates on the future capital of Andhra State raging, it is like a free run with views and reviews expressed on the potentiality of various cities to become the new headquarters. Photo: K.R. Deepak

The Congress party’s announcement on the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh has triggered hectic lobbying for a new capital for the truncated State, with as many as six cities in the race.

Though Hyderabad will remain the joint capital of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh for 10 years, there is a growing demand to identify the new capital well in advance so that its all-round development on par with Twin Cities is assured. Visakhapatnam, Vijayawada-Guntur, Ongole, Kurnool, Rajahmundry and Tirupati are vying for the coveted honour.

While political leaders are going all out to project their respective cities as potential options for the capital, drawbacks overshadow the advantages these cities have. The port city of Visakhapatnam, which is endowed with a developed infrastructure, land and a cosmopolitan culture, besides road, rail and air connectivity and a modern port, suits the capital tag. But its location in one corner of Andhra Pradesh could go against it as people from distant Rayalaseema may find it a problem. Ongole, the headquarters of Prakasam district, has suddenly come into the limelight as the best-suited place. The vast stretches of government land in and around Ongole are ideally touted as suitable for developing a new capital. More importantly, its strategic location from Coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema boosts its prospects. The only problem seems to be the severe drinking water shortage during summer. There is a demand to establish a new capital between Vijayawada and Guntur. Non-availability of government land and sky-rocketing prices of private lands are major drawbacks. However, locals say that the sprawling Acharya Nagarjuna University campus is most suited to house the Legislature, Secretariat, Raj Bhavan and government offices.

The first capital of Andhra State, Kurnool, the gateway to Rayalaseema, is also in the reckoning, with local leaders demanding that if a new State is carved out, the city should regain its old glory. It lacks sufficient infrastructure and is slowly limping back to progress after being submerged in the 2009 floods.

There is a demand to make Tirupati the capital as it is developed and draws lakhs of pilgrims. Those favouring the place say that its accessibility to Chennai and other nearby districts should be taken into account. Rajahmundry is also in the race, but non-availability of land could be its disadvantage though availability of abundant water and good irrigation facilities are being projected as the advantages. Leaders are highlighting the 7,500 acres of reserve forest abutting the city that could be considered for building the new capital.

There is also talk that the Centre should zero in on the right place after holding consultations with the public, civil society organisations and elected representatives.

Six cities in race for new Seemandhra capital, this is being done to jack up real estate prices in the respective cities by the politicians. It is really appalling to see politicians making money out of agitations and prospective capital city arguments.

from:  L.A.Pramod
Posted on: Aug 10, 2013 at 12:37 IST

Rajahmundry should be the capital because it has got vast resources such as railway, road way , air way etc .and there is also no scarcity of any amenity. so i hope it will be the capital of our new state.

from:  avinash
Posted on: Aug 10, 2013 at 12:27 IST

vizag is ideal place for new capital

from:  Vsr Wupadrasta
Posted on: Aug 10, 2013 at 11:11 IST

Now a new capital city has to be established for truncated Andhra Pradesh. Visakhapatnam City most probably fits the bill as new capital city as it has an Airport, Harbour, Shipping yard, Eastern Naval Command, Steel Plant, Visakha refineries, Railway Divisional office etc. However in this hour, the political class should consult intellectuals while deciding further course of action. They should demand an IIT for Visakha, shifting of Potti Sreeramulu Telugu University to Visakha, demand a new Railway Zone at Visakha. The present Visakhapatnam Railway Divisional office along with Vijayawada Division, Guntur Division and Guntakal Division should be brought under this new Railway Zone. The Airport should be upgraded as an International Airport. Shifting of American Consulate from Hyderabad should also be explored. The Tsunami Warning Centre and headquarters of a nationalised bank should be shifted to Visakha. Or the proposed Women's Bank at national level may be headquartered at Visakha. Further it has picturesque locations for film shootings also. Where is Chennai for Tamil Nadu, Mumbai for Maharashtra. Hence do not say that Visakha will be at a corner place.

from:  Pingali
Posted on: Aug 9, 2013 at 14:43 IST

Rajahmundry to be capital as we have vast resources I hope and also very much competing with other cities in Andhra Pradesh at present.Our city has Vast History and also a cultural city mostly accepted by every one as capital.Rajahmundry has good rail,road ,airport and nearby port,rich water resources which is the essential for capital city.Even earlier in Madras preseidency our city is district 'Rajahmundry District and Headquarters' and then splitted east/west godavari districts we even lost headquasrters status.

from:  Ramesh Babu
Posted on: Aug 9, 2013 at 07:48 IST

Rajahmundry to be capital as we have vast resources I hope and also very much competing with other cities in Andhra Pradesh at present.Our city has Vast History and also a cultural city mostly accepted by every one as capital.Rajahmundry has good rail,road ,airport and nearby port,rich water resources which is the essential for capital city.Even earlier in Madras preseidency our city is district 'Rajahmundry District and Headquarters' and then splitted east/west godavari districts we even lost headquasrters status.

from:  Ramesh
Posted on: Aug 9, 2013 at 07:32 IST

These recent developments will force Seemandhra (SA) to focus on crating new urban centres and new capital in SA. This will only help the urbanization process of nation and prove to be of immense benefit. I personally would like to have separate administrative and economic capital (like USA states have. e.g. Illinois Springfield(administrative) / Chicago(economic) New York Albany(administrative) / New York City(economic) ). I also think that administrative capital should be built in Rayalaseema region (or Ongole) and Vishakhapatnam should be promoted as not just the economic centre but a global city at par with Singapore( I know it sounds childish but we must think big if we are to become a global superpower and Vizag is a cosmopolitan city and has all the geographic and infrastructural advantages.

from:  Amith
Posted on: Aug 9, 2013 at 06:45 IST

Vizag/Visakhapatnam being the 2nd biggest City only after Hyderabad (in A.P)should be made Capital. It is also found the top 18th rank in all over the Country. only HYD (4th place)and VSKP(18th place)are best known Cities in A.P which grabbed the top 20 places.Next comes vijayawada with 47th place.

from:  Sandeep
Posted on: Aug 9, 2013 at 06:35 IST

Vishakhapatnam is the best like wise Chennai is for Tamilnadu . Chennai is not centrally located in Tamilnadu but due to major port this the best for capital and same yard stick shall apply for Seemandhra

from:  ravindra
Posted on: Aug 8, 2013 at 16:45 IST

Bheemunipatnam in Visakhapatnam is the oldest municipality in the country after surat. It was a municipality when Hyderabad or Delhi or Mumbai or Chennai or Kolkata or Bangalore were not even municipalities. Vizag is famous for its honest and peaceloving people.

from:  Gangulu
Posted on: Aug 8, 2013 at 15:52 IST

Vizag had cosmopolitan status earlier than hyderabad. All newly created states, i.e. Jharkhand, Uttarakhand, Chattishgarh have been given the second most developed cities as capital. Regarding location, which states has their capitals exactly in the middle. where is chennai, mumbai or banglore located. For that matter, where is hyderabad till now and where is delhi located in the country. In this age of information technology, location of a city comes only next to other priorities..

from:  G Rao
Posted on: Aug 8, 2013 at 12:51 IST

Capital Functionaries can be distributedd between all the 6 or 7 cities which will allow all cities to develop faster, than pouring all infreastructure development into one city and ending up with Hyd. like situation. And all Capital functiosn cities should have good 'water supply' and 'drainage' not unlike the mess of Hyd.

from:  Ravi
Posted on: Aug 8, 2013 at 09:30 IST

for gods sake...dont bring in the the location of a city as its disadvantage...vizag is best suited and could be developed far more faster than any other city instead of looking at the states perspective that it is in corner then you are a fool it is in the exactly centre of the east coast equidistant to kolkata and chennai, many PSUs,naval hQ, international airport what else you need also ...the difference between vizag and other cities in seemandhra is huge...people want overall development..just think utilising maximum tax payers funds in developing a tier 5 city as capital from its scratch or utilise lesser amounts in already developed city and remaining maximum funds can be utilised for other cities in their overall development.....dont go with corner side theory where in chennai,bangalore,mumbai all r there in the corners of their respective states...support vizag for the better future of the state...

from:  rakesh
Posted on: Aug 8, 2013 at 08:48 IST

Hyderabad should be the shared capital of both states. Otherwise the general ruin and decline of the entire region is inevitable. Already, the Congress Party's political manipulation of the people. Any of the cities mentioned in the above article will always play catch up with Hyderabad which was made what it is because of ALL of the people from Andhra Pradesh and NOT because of just Telangana people. OR, half the taxes that are supposed to go to Hyderabad should be given to the new capital for the next 50 years.

from:  Mrs Shanti
Posted on: Aug 8, 2013 at 08:44 IST

between guntur and vijayawada is the best place

from:  srinivas
Posted on: Aug 8, 2013 at 07:52 IST

vizage is best capital of andhra.... now we will do hyd is every thing only that is city bordered but now vizage development is share the every thing means infrastructure of Assembly, high court, secretariat , educational institutes , public and pravit sector resourescs, spilt totally.............employment issues . share the projects, economy total andhrapradesh....., andhrapradesh is best and major state in india. we will try to development like that.................. now catch the investors ... try to solve this problem..

from:  suresh
Posted on: Aug 8, 2013 at 07:26 IST

My choice of city for the Seemandhra capital is Kurnool.

from:  Murtuza
Posted on: Aug 8, 2013 at 07:01 IST

when hyderabad is a capital for andhra ,there are problems like water,irrigation,temperature ........i think ,but now selecting capital for seemandhra should have to overcome these problems in future...........water scarcity must be considered as main objective

from:  surya
Posted on: Aug 8, 2013 at 06:14 IST

Even if AP remains united there is need to build a new capital not near any existing old cities. It should be built with wide roadlanes, parks, forests, well planned metro train and airports. Singapore like city with vertically builtup residential & commercial buildings with ample space for parks on ground. Near Srisailam dam border of KurnoolOngole near Markapuram should be ideal. Abundant water source is a must.

from:  Sankar
Posted on: Aug 8, 2013 at 05:15 IST

Is it necessary that the capital of a state should the biggest city ? In US capitals of the states are some smaller cities. It is the administrative capital and can be different from the commercial capital. It should centrally located so that everyone in the state can reach there easily. It should have space for all offices assembly hall etc. Other infrastructures will develop of its own

from:  Guptan Veemboor
Posted on: Aug 8, 2013 at 01:46 IST

vijayawada is good place

from:  indai
Posted on: Aug 8, 2013 at 01:19 IST
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