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Vijayawada to be new Andhra capital

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Hyderabad, Sep 4 :

Finally ending the suspense, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu Thursday announced that Vijayawada will be the capital of the state.

He told the state legislative assembly Thursday that the government has decided to “locate the capital city in a central place of the state around Vijayawada”.

Naidu said the decision was taken in the state cabinet meeting Sep 1. 

“It was also decided to go for decentralized development of the state by creating three mega cities and 14 smart cities,” he said amid protests by opposition YSR Congress Party for making the announcement without consultations.

Naidu said the cabinet also decided to go for land pooling system for building the new capital. The system will be worked out by a cabinet sub-committee.

The chief minister said the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) government was committed to all round development of all 13 districts of the state.

(IANS)