A five-member expert committee will be constituted next week to select capital of the residuary state of Andhra Pradesh, said Union Minister Jairam Ramesh. The Group of Ministers (GoM) on bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh met here Friday to review actions to be taken in the next few days.

Mr. Ramesh told reporters after the meeting presided over by Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde that an expert committee will be announced early next week.

The Central and State governments are trying to complete all the works related to bifurcation before June 2, the day when Telangana and A.P. will come into being. Hyderabad will serve as joint capital for a period not exceeding 10 years.The committee, to be constituted as per the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, will be given six months to hold consultations and make suggestions for establishment of the new capital.

Mr. Ramesh said the Central government had already constituted two committees to bifurcate the employees between Telangana and Andhra Pradesh

Special unit

“A special unit has also been set up in the Planning Commission to deal with the special development needs of Seemandhra or Andhra Pradesh,” he said. – IANS

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