The Vijayawada Zone of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) will make a strong case for choosing the Vijayawada-Guntur area for setting up the capital of residuary Andhra Pradesh when it meets the Sivaramakrishnan Committee.

“The industry body will impress upon the committee on the advantages of making the Vijayawada-Guntur area the capital in view of good rail and road connectivity and equidistance from others part of A.P.,” CII Vijayawada Zone chairman V.V.M. Krishna said on the sidelines of an awareness programme on Companies Act - 2013 on Saturday.

Mr. Krishna pointed out that the CII had last year brought out a blueprint for the development of a coastal corridor comprising Krishna, Guntur, Prakasam and West Godavari districts (KGPG), and that it could be implemented at once.

The idea behind the proposal to build the capital city around Vijayawada and Guntur with important departmental offices scattered across the coastal districts is to ensure balanced development, so that the kind of over-concentration on Hyderabad, which hindered the growth of other cities could be avoided, he said. “Visakhapatnam scores a bit over Vijayawada, but the need to have decentralised growth is the crux of the matter,” Mr. Krishna added.