Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Jaganmohan Reddy has finally broken the ice regarding his stand on the state capital on Tuesday. Followed by the protests held by the farmers in Amaravati region and the Opposition baking them, Jagan’s statement regarding the state capital took prominence. Speaking on the capital city issue in the winter sessions of the state assembly, the Chief Minister assured that Amaravati will be continued as the capital. Not as the only one, but as one of the capitals amongst two others Visakhapatnam and Kurnool. According to the proposal made, Visakhapatnam would be the executive capital, Amaravati a legislative capital and Kurnool will be the judicial capital of the state. Jagan proposing the idea of three capitals has been receiving divide response from the public triggering debates in the political circles.
Emphasising the strong need to decentralise development in all the three regions, Jagan stated that they took the inspiration from multiple capital cities model in South Africa. But will the model work in a Southern-Indian state? The decision no doubt makes the people in all the regions contented but will this decision ensure balanced development?
Kurnool in Rayalaseema had been the capital of Andhra state in the 1950s and Visakhapatnam was considered to be a dream city for many emerging to be the next Silicon Valley of Andhra. But developing three cities needs oodles of investments both from the centre and foreign investors. Here lies the bone of contention! With the prevailing situations between Modi and Jagan, drawing funds from the centre seems to be quite a task. And news that Singapore took back its decision to invest in Andhra Pradesh has come as another drawback for the capital region development. Amidst this, will Jagan-led government manage to kickstart the capital region development in not one but three cities? However, the oppositions took no qualms to leave his issue to hold agitations against the statement made on-record.