Of AP's new Capital....

The pieces of the puzzle appear to be finally falling in place. After indicating that the new capital of Andhra Pradesh would come up in the Guntur Vijayawada area and announcing plans to initiate land acquisition in 17 mandals, chief minister Chandrababu Naidu gave the coordinates of the proposed capital.
Spread over 30,000 acres of land, the capital area will come up on the right bank of the river Krishna in Guntur district. It will cover the mandals of Tadepalli, Mangalagiri, Chinnakakani and Tulluru. As per these contours, the Prakasam Barrage will form the northern boundary of the capital and extend up to Mangalagiri, which is 10 km away towards the south. On the west, the capital will run up to Ananthavaram and Borupalem on the north abutting the river. In all, the new capital will be spread over 37 villages covering a population of 2 lakh people of which nearly one lakh are expected to be displaced.
After making clear the exact location of the capital, Naidu appealed to the land owners and farmers in the proposed areas to have trust in him and part with their land. “If farmers agree for pooling, we will begin taking acceptance letters from tomorrow itself and issue land certificates within a few months. Farmers can either sell the land or retain it. We will ensure that each family is benefited“ he said, and added that his approach would be a win-win situation for both the government and land-owners. “In order to convince them, I am prepared to visit the areas myself,“ he added.

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