As per the latest reports, Andhra Pradesh is set to get a new capital city. Visakhapatnam has been chosen for the same, Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy stated on Tuesday, January 31.
Addressing investors at the International Diplomatic Alliance Meet in New Delhi, the Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister said that the city will become the capital in the days to come. “I am here to invite you to Visakhapatnam, which is going to be our capital in the days to come. I myself will be shifting there in the months to come. I am inviting you to the Global Investors Summit we are organising on March 3 and 4 at Visakhapatnam,” Indian Express quoted him as saying.
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All you need to know about Andhra Pradesh’s new capital
I invite you to our beautiful state for the Andhra Pradesh Global Investors Summit to be held on the 3rd & 4th of March in Visakhapatnam.
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— YS Jagan Mohan Reddy (@ysjagan) January 31, 2023
The idea of having a “decentralised development” was first proposed by the Chief Minister in 2019, reports state. He proposed three capitals for the same, each responsible for different facets. Amaravati, which was being developed as the state capital by ex-CM N Chandrababu Naidu, was proposed as the Legislative Capital, Visakhapatnam would be the Executive Capital, while Kurnool would be developed as the Judicial Capital. Reports add that the government had passed the Decentralisation and Inclusive Development of All Regions Act in 2020 (on the same matter), which was repealed the next year in November.
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At the event in Delhi, the Andhra Pradesh CM urged investors to visit the new state capital, where he will also be shifting. “We’re organising a global summit… an investors summit on March 3-4 (in Visakhapatnam) (and I want) to take this opportunity to personally invite all of you to the summit… and request all of you to not only come but also put in a good word, a strong word, to colleagues abroad,” the Chief Minister said, writes Hindustan Times.
Andhra Pradesh was split into two states — Andhra Pradesh and Telangana — in 2014, with Hyderabad as the capital of the latter. The foundation stone for Amaravati as the Andhra Pradesh capital was laid in 2015, as per media reports. India.com however adds that while Visakhapatnam will be the new capital and the base of the state’s governor, the legislature will function from Amaravati.
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