AP Capital at Three Different Places, Suggests Sivaramakrishnan Committee


Sivaramakrishnan committee, in a bizarre suggestion, recommended to run the state capital simultaneously from three different places.

The committee, headed by former Union Urban Development Secretary KM Sivaramakrishnan recommended that the capital and other institutions “be distributed” in three different regions of the state – Vishakhapattanam in Uttarandhra, Rayalaseema Arc comprising Kurnool, Anantapur, Tirupathi, Kadapa and Chittoor; and “Kalahasti – Nadikudi spine”.

The committee had submitted its 188-page report to the Union Home Ministry recently.

The report states, “communication between different government offices is no longer an issue of physical proximity. We recognise that our approach of distributed development is not convention and may be regarded as inconvenient and impractical by many officials. But if distribution of development and governmental functions is desired in Andhra, we feel this approach should be followed. The Committee does not consider a single large capital city as a feasible option available to Andhra Pradesh as of now”.

“The existing concentration in Hyderabad of the legislature, the courts and the executive comprising numerous ministries, departments, commissionerates and directorates has happened over several years. This concentration has itself been a major bone of contention in the process of bifurcation”, the report says.

“It appears most unlikely that in Andhra Pradesh vast areas of government land on this scale will be available. On the other hand the existing and proposed rail and road connectivity between different cities of Andhra Pradesh, which can be significantly improved and expanded, renders the search for a single super city location unnecessary,” says the Committee.

Medaram Jathara

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