Nara Chandra Babu Naidu
AP cabinet, headed by the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, has finally resolved to announce the capital of Andhra Pradesh. It is going to be developed around Vijayawada on the banks of river Krishna.
It may be recalled that the state had been divided by creating a new state of Telangana, and the state of Andhra Pradesh remained without capital for over 6 months. The existing capital of AP (Hyderabad) had been announced as the capital of Telangana.
Vijayawada, along with Guntur, Tenali, and Mangalagiri (called VGTM) is going to form the new capital of Andhra Pradesh. The whole region is likely to be part of greater Vijayawada.
The state is still looking at the center for implementing the promises that it had agreed to while dividing the state. Most notable among these are:
1. Financial help in the development of new state capital
2. Declaration of residual state of AP with Special Ss, which means that the companies enjoy tax holiday for a pre-determined period of time (about 5 to 10 years).
3. Special package to backward districts in AP
4. Completion of Polavaram Dam
however, no significant funds have been allocated for so far for development of state by the Modi government so far. Also, the special status is still pending. It remains to be seen whether the AP govt will succeed in getting required resources and assistance for the central government to fulfill its promises to the people of AP.