VIJAYAWADA: A decision on location of capital city for Andhra Pradesh would be taken soon after the Sivaramakrishnan Committee submits its report by August-end, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu said on Saturday.
Replying to a question at a news conference here, Naidu said: “The Sivaramakrishnan Committee has been given time till August-end to submit its report. After that the state cabinet will discuss the various options the committee has suggested and would take a final decision by September. Once the decision is taken, we will not lose time in building the capital city.”
The CM indicated that the capital city would come near Vijayawada. “Vijayawada is an important city. It has three canals running through and Krishna river flowing by its side. We will concentrate on developing the city into a logistic hub. We will locate a good seaport, a unit of oil refinery, a pharma unit and a crackers factory at Machilipatnam, which is about 80 km from Vijayawada,” he said.
Once infrastructure is in place at Machilipatnam, even those from Telangana will have to come here if they want to use the sea route for any economic activity, he said.
Asked why he and the administration were in exile after he took over as the Chief Minister, Naidu said that for reconstruction to begin, the issue relating to location of the capital city should be resolved first. There are several companies showing interest in investing in AP but they want air, rail, road and sea connectivity. “On all these counts, Vijayawada qualifies as a logistic hub,” he added.