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Guntur an option for new capital of Andhra Pradesh

PTI 27 Aug 2014, 21:46:19 PM IST
New Delhi: Guntur district is one of the preferred locations for the new capital of successor state of Andhra Pradesh as an expert committee, set up to recommend a site for it, submitted its report to the Home Ministry today.

The five-member committee, headed by former Union Urban Development Secretary K Sivaramakrishnan, is believed to have suggested Guntur district as one of the ideal locations apart from two other places, including a coastal town, for the new capital of Andhra Pradesh.

Sources said the committee has not suggested any particular place for the new capital but given some options.

It suggested that except secretariat staff, other state government offices should be spread over at least four other places which could be developed simultaneously, sources said.

The expert committee was constituted in the wake of creation of Telangana by bifurcating Andhra Pradesh.

Hyderabad, which will be the capital of Telangana, will be the joint capital of the two states for ten years and within that period the residuary state will have to build a new capital.