AP may have 3 capitals: Vizag, Amaravati, Kurnool

Confounding the prevailing confusion on the fate of the state capital city, Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy on Tuesday indicated that Andhra Pradesh could have three capitals as decentralisation was a real concept.
Jagan Mohan
Jagan Mohan
Replying to a short discussion on the state capital issue in the Legislative Assembly on the last day of the winter session, he said the existing capital Amaravati which is only in the basic stages of development could become the “Legislative Capital”, port city Visakhapatnam the “Executive Capital” and Kurnool the “Judiciary Capital”.

“We may have three different capitals. South Africa has three capitals. They are required. We have to think on those lines seriously,” he said. The previous Chandrababu Naidu government chose Amaravati as the capital out of nowhere, Jagan pointed out, adding a minimum amount of Rs 1.09 lakh crore was required to develop basic infrastructure like roads, drains and power supply. “That much money has to be borrowed. If we add interest on that sum and also the funds needed for other development, we need at least Rs 3 lakh crore,” he added.

Indicating that the government (Secretariat and heads of departments) could shift to the port city of Visakhapatnam, the Chief Minister pointed out that the port city has all the required facilities.

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