Hyderabad: Locations like Amaravati and Nuzivid in Guntur district are unlikely to be part of the capital region as the Telugu Desam government has decided to go ahead with the “Greater Capital Administrative Region” within the Outer Ring Road of the VGTM UDA area.
However, the Sivaramakrishnan Committee has recommended that the AP government should consider relocating a few offices to Nuzivid and Amaravati to satisfy the criteria of “centrality and access”. The historical city of Amaravati is not included in CM’s proposed capital region as it is located outside the Outer Ring Road. The 192.5-km ORR cuts at Tullur, away from Amaravati town.
However, certain villages of Amaravati mandal like Vykuntapuram and Karlapudi will fall in the capital region if the second proposal for the Outer Ring Road is considered. Likewise, the ORR cuts in Vijayawada rural and Gannavaram, keeping Nuzivid out of the capital region. Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu has informed his Cabinet colleagues that the capital region would be inside the ORR.
An AP minister said, “Though Amaravati is not falling in the capital region, we will use it for developing tourism as it is a historic Buddhist site. We will also try to set up tourism related offices there. Some of the villages of the mandal fall in the region.”
In the 14 mandals falling within the ORR limits of Guntur district in the VGTM UDA area, there is around 21595 acre of land. In Krishna district, 47,500 hectare of forest land is available of which 30 per cent is under encroachment. According to the revenue authorities, over 16,000 acre of forest, endowment and government land is available in the Nuzivid division....