The Central government has announced the capital search committee for Seemandhra with five members. All the members are experienced in urban planning, designing and management.
Prof. K Shiva Ramakrishnan, Prof. KT Ravindran, Prof. Jagan Shah, Rathin Roy and Aromar Revi will examine all the locations, study the advantages, problems with each location, will inspect the possibility of building a new city just for the capital a la Gandhi Nagar of Gujarat and will submit their recommendations by August 31 this year. The committee will also consult with the new government to be formed in the Seemandhra region after the upcoming elections. The issue of taking the views of the public is not decided yet regarding the issue.
Prof. K Shiva Ramakrishnan is a 1958 batch IAS, worked with the Calcutta Metropolitan Authority, Central Ganga Authority, Ministry of Environment, Min. of Urban Development, World Bank, Center for Policy Research, JNNURM; taught at Princeton University, IIM Calcutta, Economic Development Institute.
Prof. KT Ravindran’s specialty area has been Urban Morphology and Humanizing Cities. He was at School of Planning and Architecture for many years, founded Institute of Urban Designers, was chairman of the Delhi Urban Art Commission, presently a member of the advisory board on UN Capital Master Plan.
Professor Jagan Shah is the Director of National Institute of Urban Affairs, studied at School of Planning and Architecture, University of Cincinnati and Columbia University. Was associated with Sushant School of Architecture, Gurgaon, School of Planning and Architecture, Urban Space Consultants, advised IDFC, Delhi MMTS, Jaipur Virasat Foundation etc, wrote few books on architecture as well.
Aromar Revi is the Director of Indian Institute for Human Settlements, studied at IIT Delhi, Univ. of Delhi, advised various ministries of Indian government, awarded Ashoka Fellow, also Fellow of India China Institute at New School University, New York.
Rathin Roy is Economic Adviser to the Thirteenth Finance Commission, studied at Cambridge, worked with UNDP, presently Director of National Institute of Public Finance and Policy Research, member of seventh Central Pay Commission.