The Andhra Pradesh state assembly passed the bill proposing creation of three state capitals in Amravati, Visakhapatnam and Kurnool on January 20, 2020. The bill was passed without any amendments.
The AP Decentralisation and Inclusive Development of All Regions Bill, 2020 will now be presented before the legislative council on January 21, where the ruling YSR Congress just has nine members. The bill was earlier approved by the AP cabinet chaired by CM Jaganmohan Reddy. The draft proposal was then cleared by the Legislative Assembly Business Advisory Committee.
The bill was later introduced in the state assembly amid protest. The bill proposes the development of Amaravati, Visakhapatnam and Kurnool as the legislative, executive and judicial capitals of the state.
The three-capital proposal has been pushed forward to enable decentralisation and inclusive development of all regions, thereby ensuring “balanced and inclusive growth” of Andhra Pradesh.
Three-capital proposal: Key Highlights
• The new draft bill proposes setting up of a legislative capital in Amaravati, executive capital in Visakhapatnam and judicial capital in Kurnool.
• The new draft bill also proposes the division of the state into various zones and the establishment of zonal planning and development boards.
• CM Jaganmohan Reddy’s government has a clear majority of 151 MLAs in the 175-member legislative assembly.
• However, it just has nine members in the 58-member legislative council. Hence, the passing of the new draft bill is tough given the large opposition to its content by the members of the opposition parties and citizens at large.
Andhra Pradesh CM Jagan Mohan Reddy had indicated during the state assembly session on December 17, 2020 that his government plans to relocate the state capital from Amaravati to Vishakhapatnam.
The Chief Minister is firm on his government’s new plans to bring about a comprehensive, parallel and decentralised development in the state, despite stiff opposition to the new proposal.
The AP Cabinet had also approved the APCRDA Repeal Bill, 2020 on January 20, paving the way for the formation of the Amaravati Metropolitan Region Development Authority in its place.