Will Donakonda become the capital of Seemandhra?

A sleepy little town in Prakasham district may well be named the new capital of Seemandhra. Donakonda, a town of about 20,000 population, stands a very good chance of getting this coveted status.

Since last few weeks, Seemandhra leaders have been squabbling among themselves about the new capital of Seemandhra state. There is a mad race between several Seemandhra towns for capital status.

In his report to the GoM, the AP State chief secretary has mentioned Donakonda town as the best suited place for Seemandhra capital.

Donakonda is situated about 90 km from Ongole, and is about 200 Kms from major Seemandhra towns like Kurnool, Guntur, Vijayawada, Nellore, Tirupati and Kadapa.

Land needs of the capital city could be fulfilled by denotifying forest land around Donakonda.

This town has a World War II airport built by the British. The railway line connecting Vijayawada and Guntakal towns passes through Donakonda.

Even the weather condition of the town is also said to be very pleasant.

So, don’t be surprised if Donakonda is named the new capital of Seemandhra.

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71 Responses

  1. soonya says:

    Does the Governor of Tamil Nadu have lands around the place? 🙂

  2. Ram says:

    Donakonda is very close to Markapur which was part of Kurnool district before creation of Prakasham district in 1971. See here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prakasam_district#History

    Donakonda is very close the the border of old Kurnool district and Guntur district.( http://goo.gl/maps/qG449 ) This way Seema people wont complain. In future, if Rayalaseema state formed, they can divide the city like Chandigarh.

  3. Sivamallikarjunarao Talasila says:

    Donakonda as a capital is nonsense. VGTMUDA is the best place for seemandhra capital.

    • Saikumar says:

      S.it is correct dision.. Hd tkn

    • Sreeram Mushty says:

      Donakonda is the most appropriate place for establishment of capital area to residual state of Andhra Pradesh. Large scale hoarding of land had occurred in Krishna Guntur Area that was in the hands of few persons which would become oligarchy that is harmful coupled with misuse and abuse of government allocated funds going into the hands of few oligarchs causing imbalanced distribution of results generated from infrastructure development with high level leakages coupled with escalated asset prices in the economy slowing down the development and prosperity of Seema Andhra

  4. Srikar (sp) says:

    Donakonda is fluoride affected area.

    Better to make Kadapa as capital, then corruption king rules the state.

    One more Idea—–Central govt should declare Guntur + Vijayawada as Capital and must reserve Guntur & Vijayawada Loksabha seats for Schedule Caste(SC). With this social justice can be attained. (current MPs can go to Himalayas and China!!!)

  5. pavan says:

    I think VGTM is most appropriate place to make capital

  6. varam says:

    vizag r ongole will best option

  7. Surya teja says:

    This is non-sense
    vizag is only best option

    • Saikumar says:

      Dvlp kani vatini dvlp chadam… Donakoda rajadhani chadam…
      1st hyd kuda ante like dnk.. Kani epudu elaundo manakh baga telugu…
      i thnk betr 2 change u r mandset……

  8. sudhakar says:

    donakonda is right place and seemandhra people can built a city of new donkonda which will be like chandigarh ,a beautiful city with wide roads and with no traffic problems and also with out pollution,because all cities like guntur,vijayawada already polluted .

  9. Seemandhra says:

    It is strange news for us. let me know much of this city. Thanks and for the news though the media says ongole is already picked.

  10. K. Ramesh says:

    According to seismic department study Ongole and Darsi regions are Quake prone. There is no basic infrastructure in and around Ongole. The capital should be nearer to a permanent water source. Given the present situation, it would be ideal to have capital which is equi distant to all places of seemandhra ie from Nellore, Srikakulam and Anantapur. The place should be well connected by road, rail and also air. The government will not be in a position to acquire land as it will have to pay four times the value of the land as per the new land acquisition act. Taking all these factors into consideration I feel that the place between vijayawada and eluru is best suited for the new capital for the following reasons:
    1) it is equi distant from Nellore, Srikakulam and Anantapur.
    2) the area is located between Krishna and Godavari rivers and Nagarjunasagar and polavaram canals criss cross this area. Hence there will be no problem for water.
    3) the soil is hard so that high rise buildings can come up
    4) nearer to gannavaram airport and also to vijayawada railway station which is one of the biggest railway junctions in the country.
    5) apart from the above advantages government land is available in plenty.

    • murali says:

      Ramesh garu you are right, it is equi distant from Nellore, Srikakulam and Anantapur dist. but land rates are very high, in my view Macherla is best suited place for new capital, it is also equi distance from Vizag and Ananthapur dist, here land rates are not that much high, murali

  11. tobi says:

    never heard about donakonda…………..

  12. Srinath says:

    Capital is like Heart.
    Vijayawada and guntur is to be andhra capital and serve better than the present twins(secunderabad and hyderabad).
    If vijayawada becomes greatervijayawada then people never think of even vizag or other.
    so all the central governament has to do is to make vijayawada(VGTM) as our new capital and makes it airport International.

  13. m.s.murthy says:

    The people of Rayalaseema will never accept to make Vijayaawada-Guntur region as
    the capital of Seemandhra state.Already A.P.is going to be bifurcated in to two states.Further division of the state is not advisable.Vizag and Kurnool
    are not suitable places to locate capital as they are located at extreme corners
    of the state.So Ongole or Donakonda should be made the capital of Seemandhra as
    they are located midway between coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema regions and
    plenty of Government land is available in those places and a beautiful capital
    city like Chandigarh could be developed which will have less traffic congestion.

  14. telugu says:

    @all seemandhra people who are reading this,
    let us not make the same mistake again of concentrating entire development in one place.
    irrespective of wherever the capital is,let us make it just an administrative capital.
    industries,software companies,educational institutes,pharma,public sector undertakings-let them be spread out throughout all district

    • Marc says:

      Good said, never again make the same mistake, dont concentrate on 1 city, it has to be assembly and sachivalayam in one city, high court in 1 city, IT companies in 1 cities, manufacturing units in

  15. hari says:

    Donakomda is nice to new capital

  16. mahammad Baji says:

    Good .donakonda is best for seemandra rajadhaani

  17. DAV NARAYANA says:

    Donakonda is good capital and historical of Budda Stupam and near famous Tripurantakam temple and Markapuram is near Slate and Srisilam so these are also famous of Andhra pradesh

  18. Ruksar says:

    kurnool is best for seemandra rajadhani

  19. Poornanand says:

    TIRUPATHI is the best place for seemandhra capital.

    • audiseshu says:

      making same mistake that was happened before selecting the captial for Andhra pradesh and growth was piled up at one location and other district development ignored.

      No need to brain strom on selecting the capital for seemandhra and think about development of entire seeemandhra by spreading the industry sector (Agricultre, tourism, IT sector, Biotechnology and poulty etc..) into different districts.

      We have educate the society the about how to develop new state and getting funds from central government.

      Don’t become a prey for politican tactics for selecting the captial for seemandhra.

      There are many things need to be consider before selecting the state capital and few are given as Geographical location, security and helath concerns, econmic growth of selected place, negative impacts of current city.

  20. audiseshu says:

    Making same mistake that had happened before in Andhra Pradesh for the capital and ignored all other districts development and growth was piled up in one location.
    No need to brainstorm on selecting next capital in seemandhra and focus on how to develop the seemandhra state by spreading the industry sector into various places (Agriculture, IT industry, Education, poultry, tourism and biotechnology etc ..). This process would give good growth w.r.to development of orphan seemandhra state in less time.

    How each district would develop by getting benefits from central government to specific sectors (Education and tourism etc..) that we need to focus and educated the people and society.

    we should not become a prey for politician tactics for selecting the capital

    There are many causes need to be consider before selecting the capital
    1. Agriculture sector should not affect due to selecting capital and government will lose the income if money coming from agriculture sector.
    2. Has to consider the following things geographic location, security, health and economic concerns before selecting capital

  21. AJAY KUMAR says:

    It is very disheartening to loose our Hyderabad city,but my kind request not get discouraged with this.Let our new capital be our Pride.Donakonda is a fine choice,we know all the investments on this new capital are not productive investments,as we heard that we have surplus lands,connectivity of railway and even airport will not become a advantage.The biggest issue that Rayalaseema people may not differentiate on this as it is located even nearer to them also.At least now the rulers should take care of all round development in all the corners of the state and it should be a role model for entire country.Best of luck for New Andhra pradesh.

  22. Donakonda is a best choice to new capital of seemandhra ,

  23. Sri says:

    Donakonda could be a cheap interms of jnvestment or development cost for centre but another irrovocable loss is that we loose valuable forest area which is key to our eco system and other side any how we are loosing papikondalu because of polavaram. Loosing another forest area is not good. If they make donakonda as capital they will extend infrastructure between karnool, donakonda, hyderabad and it wipes of nallamalla completely. Best place to have a capital is between narasaraopet, ongole and vinukonda. That way we can avoid the destruction of forest area. By the way i am from vijayawada, to let all know that there is no regiknal favorism.. 🙂

  24. v apparao says:

    Before selecting the capital of andhra pradesh(Telugunadu) give water and safest area but not political convenience area. It is better to take E G Dist near Rajamundry area of E G Dt. which is having forest area also.

  25. V V RAJU says:

    Donakonda is best place for Seemandra Capital, It is located center of Rayalseema and Costa areas, Railway connectivity is there from Vijayawada, Guntur, Bangalore, Guntakal, Ananthapur, State high way connectivity is 20 km away, Water source from Gundlakamma, Krishna right canal, Cumbum lake and Srisailam , all are having natural gradivity, not pumping required, all are 25km away, British time airport was there, having area, 5. 0 sqkm, nearby lime mines are there to product cement, this is 5km away, close by 5.0 sqkm hill area and Buitiful Big banian tree ( area covered 1000 sqmt) is there, which is suitable for holidy place, lot of State government lands, central government and forest lands was there, these lands are suitable for Government Offices, close by dry lands are there, no irrigation lands, so these dry lands useful for residential, commercial and Institution uses. for example one Bank employies housing co-operative society wants a 50 acres land to build a their residential activities, where we will get that much dry land close by Visakhapatnam, Vijayawada, Guntur, thirupathi and karnool, like that.
    But near donakonda we will get lot of land , which is suitable for all purposes, all lands are having district road connectivity. so my dear friends please think about donakonda which is suitable for Seemandra Capital. Thank you.

  26. Srikanth says:

    Guntur district,puli chintala project is best capital for seemandhra.there are many advantages like for seemandhra there is 13 districts and in that guntur district is in middle for seema and uttara andhra and road or rail lin also can connect easy to pulichintala.and like railway jone, airport should give to vijayawada

  27. Simham says:

    the area between kesineni palle,Erragondapalem&tripurantakam should be the new capital.the rail line can be extended from donakonda to new capital.it can further be extended to ongole.donakonda Air port can be expanded&further developed.Forest area between the new capital&krishna river can be denotified &world class govt establishments,institutions can be set up.Govt need not spend lot of money on land.

  28. SBRAO says:


  29. raghava says:

    markapuram-donakanda is suited to new seemandhra capital near to rayalaseema and costa andhra no more agitations will occur


    Donakonda is well known place for as Capital of Seemandra and also it will be center place for Rayalaseema and uttara andhra and the land cost will be cheep compared various cities

  31. sriram says:

    most suited place in the surroundings vijayawada and guntur for the capital with less funds and more infrastructure available the junction for connecting south and north india. we will devolop more faster by investing the adequate funds in some other districts to rise more equity into the system

  32. Rayudu says:

    Vgtm is the best place for seemandra new capital

  33. Between Gunturr,Vijayawada is suitable area for new andhra capita

  34. Allu Rayudu says:

    Best option for seemandra capital is Vijayawada,guntur,toenail,mangalagiri area.

  35. pasam.ravindra reddy says:

    Donakonda is abest place in seemandhra rajadhani

  36. hrao says:

    START FROM SRIKAKULAM-VIJAYANAGARAM – LET US MAKE IT AS IT HUB. CLOSE TO VIZAG AND BBS, which are also becomming slowly IT HUBS. (LOW water requirements. NEar bye ViZAG can serve as international Airport.
    Vizag and East godavari- Industrial Belt based on petrochemicals and gas based Industry.
    West Godavari -Krishna as AUtomobile and agriculture based Industries and GAs based Power generation.
    GUNTUR- Prakasham- Nellore- Kadapa- CAPITAL region with Multi Industrial Belts. Airports – Vijayawada, Chennai, Tirupati, Donakonda, Kadapa can serve the need
    Cuddapah and Anatapur – Steel based Industry- connected to Krishanpatnam/ Duggrajapuram for Exports of finished steel and not ore.
    Chittor, Kurnool – Educational Hubs.
    Thus over all development is feasible.
    DOnakonda, MArkapur, areas should be Capital City.

    WE can make infratsruture (like airport, buildings, railway, roads, parks etc) for Capital city. This is like Capital facilities, with funds. What about running requirements, Water and electricity- Can be met form Sagar and Srisailam for this zone.

    It is like Bank is giving loan for purchase of BENZ/ AUDI car. Common man buys it with loan.
    Running expenses like 3km/lit petrol and servicing, spare parts who will give loan. Thus running expenses which are required to be planned first and second importance for capital facilities.

    Thus My vote is for area around Krishna River, between sagar and srisailam.

    Second advise, since Krishanpatnam is already in existance, no need for duggrajapatnam again in Nellore district. Let us select Machilipatnam (krishna), Nizampatnam (guntur) or Rammaiahpatnam (Ongole) for a second major port. I am form Port industry, One must plan port based on study and not on political compulsions.
    EYE opener.
    cochin port spends around 120 cr per annum for desiltation requirements, turnover of port is 400 cr or so.
    Same with Kandla, Kolkatta. Kolkatta is more worse. 400 cr for desiltaion per annum.

    Let us make feasible study and optimise the operating cost with Industrial hinterland.
    Duggrajapatnam . Disadvantages . CLose, Chennai, Ennore, Kattupalli and Krishnapatnam. Half day sailing from these ports. how the port will survive.
    Like opening 10 tea stalls in a village busstop and no one will survive.

  37. neelam says:

    its the right time to select the right place for the future of tommorow so be sure ,be secure ,and be safe these should be in mind , so wethere donakonka ,guntur ,ongole ,vijag ,kurnool,etc,,,,,,,, for capital city. people of andhra should decide which is best for tommorows future not for present .
    points for capital
    AND SO MANY ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

    • M. Uma Maheswara Rao says:

      These are man made things, even today’s big cities are yesterday’s small towns, hence, better make Donakonda a capital of Seemandhra Pradesh.

  38. venkat says:

    donakonda is right place of capital

  39. Ramachandra Rao says:

    Donakonda is the best place for seemandhra to set up capital as it has all resources with plenty of land and with out any problem it will remain a common capital in future if Seema and Costa regions bifurcate. In all angles, Donakonda is the best place for future capital. Any how it is also better to decentralize the administration and projects by setting up the departments by distributing them to all districts so as to have overall development in all the districts. Hence Donakonda is the right choice for new capital.

  40. GVReddy says:

    Donakoda is best option for andhra Pradesh capital.

    More govt places for capital, no afraid of earth quake s

  41. narayana says:

    I think donakonda is better option in seemandra capital because of rayalaseema and andhra this is the milddle . So every near by all cities, govt plase and air port also available Here

  42. Mariyadasu says:

    Donakonda is best place for the seemandhra rajadhani because it is center to all places and have lot of government lands.

  43. haneesh says:

    donakonda should be capital

  44. chowdary says:

    vijawada is the capital of seemandhra

  45. A VISWANATH says:

    I think capital would between guntur and vijayawada

  46. Thirupathi from central govt service says:

    Donakonda is best place for the seemandhra rajadani because it is a centre to all place and have lot of govt land/surplus land and defence land and old accomedation of army at the time of british

  47. SreeTelungu says:

    Donakonda is not at all suitable. If you think only of land cost and ignore other aspects, you will end up cougihing up ten times more money in building a capital. The twin cities of Vijayawada and Guntur are the ideal location for locating a new Telugu capital. Govt employees need high end schools, colleges, universities and corporate hospitals. These are available only in these twin cities. Besides the coastal twin cities have very big railway and bus junctions. If you pick a place like Donakonda, it will be ages before creating these facilities there. Why reject an already developed urban area which right now looks like a metropolis ?

    • M. Uma Maheswara Rao says:

      To avoid any regional problems taken place like Telangana & Andhra Pradesh in future, , it is better option to choose Donakonda as capital city of Seemandhra Pradesh, since it is located adjacent both Rayalaseema & Costal Andhra Pradesh. the following reasons shall make it Donakonda best place to be a capital.

      1. Location: It is adjacent both Rayalaseema and coastal. If any problem arises can be easily solved like Chandigarh.
      2. Land Acquisition: No major problem to acquire land for government buildings since,huge Government land available in free of cost.
      3. Airport is also available.
      4. sea port also not far from the place it is hardly 90kms, where a modern port can be built.
      5. Since, it is backward area, need growth required under social-economic improvement.

      6. Vijayawada,Guntur and visakapatnam these cities are already developed and cost of land touches more than crore per acre, Place constrains and the area is high fertile and that is what the place being called rice bowl of Andhra Pradesh. It should not be made concrete jungle.

      7. Regional balance can be achieved by making backward area a capital city.

  48. P Vineeth says:

    Andhra Pradesh has beautiful beaches! Why can we consider “Machilipatnam” as capital! Literacy is high there… It is a historical place! There is a port… It can be made into a planned city! 🙂

    • Prakash says:

      I often wonder why the British abandoned Machilipatnam and came to Madras in the Tamil region ! Whatever the reason, it was a boon for Tamils. Got a well-developed coastal city ! Machilipatnam’s loss was Chennai’s gain !

  49. D V Rathnam says:

    Donakonda . Is suitable for the capital of our Andhra Pradesh . Also financially helpful for the state by getting a large forest area denotified by central govt. And useful for all types of offices,companies,housing and many more. Further no need of funds from central, if unable to help us. Help to select this place for the capital

  50. mahesh says:

    vijayawada is the right place for capital for government places also available in paidurupadu(100 ecaras) 9 km from vijayawada. And in nunna also govt places so vij is the suitable place for capital.

  51. gvs says:

    donakonada is best

  52. reddy says:

    donakonada is very fair for build of newcaptil

  53. J R Janumpalli says:

    Good discussion. There are different opinions. Every opinion has some merit. But what we need is a consensus on a workable, acceptable and wholesome proposal.

    Deciding on new capital for A.P.is the sole prerogative of Seemandhra people or their government. The committee can only facilitate to bring forth the pros and cons of the matter with their expertise in different aspects of it dispassionately as they do not have any local stake in the issue.

    It depends on the the wisdom of the state government to take the recommendations of the committee in the right perspective and decide on the capital satisfying the political feelings of all parts of the state. After all it is a very momentous, historical and political decision. It cannot be decided with a narrow political intent by the government in power. Or by the leader in power with his personal preference. If it is done so, it will be sowing the seed for endless conflict, which is avoidable.

    Here, though VGTM has some merit, its pre determination by the leader in power, without regard or waiting for the recommendations of the Committee is a political impropriety. Then appointing a committee of his own and making it to pitch for VGTM region in disregard to the feelings of the people of other regions in the state is other political misconduct. After knowing the recommendations of the committee getting irritated and trying to micro manage it is another political mistake. All this will not bode well for the new capital, even if it is decided in favor of VGTM by sheer political manipulation of the leader in power.

    The residual A.P. state also has different regions with varying political, economic and social traits of their own. They play their imperative role in major political decisions of the state. There cannot be a bigger political decision than deciding the new capital for the state. Therefore, the issue is to be decided with utmost political equanimity, without indulging in power politics of a person or a group of persons.

    The ongoing wrangle for the capital smacks of power politics of CBN and his cohorts with their penchant for political gamesmanship and real estate lucre. It is certainly a recipe for a political unrest leading to further division of the state. And can be a real estate catastrophe bigger than in Hyderabad, which they idiotically boast as development.

    If we take into account the geographic, social, political and economic considerations, as it should be, Donakonda region is the best bet for for a full-fledged new capital. It will be also alright, even if it is for administrative capital only and spreading different ‘hubs’ in different regions —- though it is not certain how far it is possible.

    As Donakonda is in Prakasam district which comprises of parts of earlier Rayalaseema and Coastal Andhra and is in the middle of the two political regions it can meet the consensus of the people. In addition to its strategic location it has vast government land to enable to expand the city in to a mega polis in future without much burden on the exchequer of the state.

    If we go by the existing infrastructure and its faster promotion in to a big mega polis, it should be Vizag, a considerable city, not Vijayawada and Gunturu,the two big provincial towns. But, politically it is not possible. Therefore there is no other alternative to Donakonda region for a peaceful and long lasting capital for the state. It would be prudent for the people of the state to keep the parochial and business interests aside and opt for the long lasting solution to the capital. Let us hope that at last wisdom will kindle in the minds of CBN and his cohorts.

  54. vijayshree says:

    For God’s sake, let them build their capital somewhere. otherwise, they will be squabbling forever and repeat the 1956 scenario. They will not be ready to leave Hyderabad even after 10 years.

    It was quite obvious that when CBN became CM, he will choose Vijawawada area only; as the power centre and all his axis of power,lies there. Vijayawada business men have always called the shots in AP in almost every industry, so the balance was tilted in its favour.

    Let him build wherever he wants, what do I care, as long as they build and get moving.Look at their cheek, they are now tarnishing the image of the sivramakrishan committee, saying its members had purchased land in Donakonda, that is why they are insisting on that region as capital. That bit of news made me so angry, I felt we just need to get rid of these guys.

    Let him build in Vijayawada and be done with it. Let Telangana not become the unwitting victim of their own infighting and power politics.

  55. aditya says:


    I fully agree with the view. It would be better to leave them ‘to stew in their own juices’. But, given their antecedents of political and economic greed, and the perverse parasitic nature will they really leave Hyderabad with in 10 years or after it? It is a speculation.

    But, one thing is sure we must do some thing for their government to shift out to their state at the earliest to escape the discomfort of their breathing down on our necks and the center harassing us insolently in support of them time and again in the guise of carrying on earlier government’s draconian commitments, choreographed by both Congress and BJP jointly.

    May be they will make use of this capital row to divert the attention on the immediate issues between the two states to complicate the things and continue the attrition. We should be careful and push them to go for their temporary capital whichever godforsaken place they choose and allow them to stew in their own capital juices.

  56. vijayshree says:


    I am so elated that they’ve finally decided to build their capital in Vijayawada.I think the entire Ap gave a mandate to CBN, and when they did it, they should’ve known that a vote for TDP meant a vote given on a platter to the dominance of Kamma community over their state. And CBN’s primary role is to preserve and promote this community’s interests.

    So he will do anything for that and I do not know why rayalaseema is crying over losing their capital, as a vote for CBN was a vote for continuance of the clout of CBN’s community. Anyway let them all go to hell, when all they did was make our life difficult when Telangana movement was going on, excepting for the dalits of Andhra, no one supported us. So I do not know why we should be bothered about them at all..

    Yes, we need to do something to make these people uncomfortable here, basically even if they are planning to shift temporarily to their new capital, the govt employees are not willing to move.And given CBN’s mad love for Hyderabad, I doubt it whether he will leave so easily.

    I feel it is better to continue the policy of getting defections from TDP to a scale where none from Telangana excepting for his Bow-wows-yerrabelli and Revanth, will remain in TDP. Somehow it is better to get hold of all the Hyderabad TDP MLA’s into TRS.

    The major problem here is not just CBN but a major chunk of settlers here have a mindset of hatred and suspicion of everything Telangana. It is these settlers who worship CBN, no one else does and they are also creating some kind of pressure for CBN not to shift to the new capital.

    But devoid of any political followers, he will be forced to leave one day and the settlers here will be forced to accept and adapt to Tealangana.Just imagine, even when it was not raining,they blamed KCR for it and when there is no power, knowing fully well it is CBN who is cutting off that power, still they blamed KCR for it.I mean they chose to remain in their own well of ignorance and hostility, but are not coming out of it.

    I am only thinking that now that all the money that needs to be made for his community and himself is in Vijayawada, all his thoughts will be diverted there.

    It will be difficult for us to get after land encroachers in Telangana, most of who are from this community only. I keep thinking how one entire place in Jubilee hills gets named as Kavuri Hills and how miles and miles of land in Tg are held by these people.The worst part is the interiors of Telangana, the water rich, fertile areas in Nizamabad, and Warangal besides all the tribal lands in the eturnagaram area are all in their hands..

    It is keeping in mind all these lands, that these guys will refuse to vacate Hyderabad and not really the so called interest of settlers here. I do not know why other communities from Andhra do not revolt against the blatant domination of one caste. Settlers interest is just a mask, used by their media to divert the attention from their real fear.

    At this stage it might be difficult for KCR to go after their lands, but later, one stage will come when he has to pursue them.

    In the end, I think NOW is the time when CBN’s evil eye will be concentrated only on how best to make money for him and his community in the new capital, so we can start pushing them to move away from here.

    • sree says:

      Vijayashree, I think the current choice of capital region for AP is a pragmatic one. It is very hard for anyone to move to a place like Donakonda which doesn’t have any infrastructure at this point.It has been hard enough to attract govt employees to AP; a place like Donakonda would have been the nail in the coffin. The major objective cons to choosing Vijayawada is the cost and availability of land and also a lot of fertile arable land being wasted to build a concrete jungle;otherwise there is little to criticize. The city is on a river bank and is in the center of the state, it is a rail junction and has an airport. At the end of the day even the opposition knows that it is a reasonable choice and hence is protesting at the bare minimum. Not even 48 hours after all the ruckus they are saying that they are not opposed to it just that they want equitable development of Seema. As far as money to be made, every politician has bought lands around Vijayawada a long time ago, this includes some investment savy TG politicians. Jags also has plenty of investments around Vijayawada so lets not worry about anybody missing out. It is entirely possible that CBN was given the mandate to ensure that the capital didn’t get established in Rayalaseema i.e, one corner of the state.People clearly knew about the choice of capital if TDP came to power and I think that is one of the reasons why TDP won. In so far as caste and politics TDP has historically had more diverse cabinets than Congress so people may have chosen the lesser evil.

      • aditya says:

        Some perspectives on Vijayawada Capital to see how pragmatic it is:

        ‘The 128 projects announced by the CM would require over Rs.7 lakh crores.Each megacity would need Rs.3 lakh crores, while each smart city would need over Rs.40,000 crore’.

        ‘Few days ago,naidu wrote to the center expressing his governments inability to repay Rs. 10,500 crore loans and requested a waver’.

        ‘As it is we are in a handto-mouth existence. About 72 per cent of our revenues are being spent on salaries and pensions.Where are funds for all these big plans?“ wondered a senior official’.

        ‘According to an initial proposal, the government is ready to give about 24% of the acquired land to the actual owner. For instance, if the government acquired one acre (100 cents) from a farmer, 40 cents would be spared for roads, drains and community spaces. Of the remaining 60 cents, the farmer and the government would take a share of 40:60, which accounts for 24 cents for the farmer. The government would get 36 cents from each acre acquired from the farmers.
        This means that the government would be required to acquire three times the actual land required for the capital. Suppose the government plans to have the capital in about 20,000 acres, it would have to acquire about 60,000 acres. In fact, Naidu has been dreaming about having a capital city of 50,000 acres and land pooling for such a massive capital may face hurdles’.

        Expressing disappointment with the capital announcement, former MP Yalamanchili Sivaji on Thursday said the `vague and confused statement’ will only complicate matters. He said Naidu had failed to clear the mess by not indicating the exact location of the capital and proposing land pooling. “The government has no job doing real estate business in the name of land pooling. Its business is to govern the state by making use of government lands,“ he said.

        Moreover, the land pooling process would take five to 10 years as farmers will never agree to part with their lands for the sake of government projects. He added that the Sivaramakrishnan committee had clearly mentioned the availability of 1,500 acres of government land between Vijayawada and Guntur, and Naidu should try to locate offices in the available land.

        He also said CBN might have sown the seed for separate Rayalaseema by his choosing Vijayawada instead of Donakonda,with out consensus.

        Any new state did not get more than Rs7500 crores from the center for building a new Capital.

        Instead of building a capital in a highly densely populated area, the consrtuction can be made in a vast degraded forest land with good connectivity;with a scope for expansion in to a mega city; lso easing the pressure on fertile agriculture land around Vijayawada; encouraging migration from all parts of the state. Above all ruling out the possibility of a Rayalaseema State, by constructing the capital in between the two regions at Donakonda.

      • vijayshree says:


        I am happy that whatever may be the reasons, finally a capital has been chosen. And the opposition to it fizzled out. I do hope it is built soon and the government and bureaucracy moves there, so that the stalemate in the functioning due to over lapping of seat of administration will cease.

        I said all along, that when people voted for CBN, the mandate was for Vijayawada only. And that is where it has come up.

        My only wish, is faster development of the capital and sooner shifting of Ap government to Vijayawada.it is just simply chaotic and uncomfortable for another state to function from a capital which is not their own.

        Once they realize the comfort and luxury and a lot of other fringe benefits coming from having a capital of their own, people of Ap will realize the benefits of bifurcation and will move on with their life, instead of holding on to a lot of bitterness, at having been divided and parted from Hyderabad.

        And settlers here will finally settle down to living in Telangana and being part of it, or choosing to go and stay in a capital, where people who govern them are their very own. Otherwise, I am tired of hearing people blame TRS govt, even if it does not rain.

        It is so like our Andhra owner who used to say, ‘EE Telangana vallinthe’ even if our dog barked or pissed.

  57. aditya says:

    ‘Since building a new capital alone requires an estimated Rs 1.35 lakh crore, as per Naidu’s own admission in his representation to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, developing three mega cities, requiring 3 lakh crore each, and 14 smart cities in 13 districts may turn out to be a mirage.’

    ‘McKinsey designs 44 floors buildings for AP capital city.
    Sources said McKinsey has designed the buildings with 44 floors. They also proposed to build office and residential buildings on both sides of river Krishna. According to its plan, from Vijayawada towards Jaggaiahpet, residential buildings have been planned while the government buildings will be from Vijayawada towards Guntur’.

    ‘A bird’s eye view will reveal that the buildings are arranged in a pattern to read ANDHRA. One of the close aides of Mr Naidu said if the state government wants to name the capital after NTR, the design of the buildings can be changed to NTR instead of ANDHRA.’

    The GDP of Andhra Pradesh is $39 billion.The per capita income is about $1500.Singapore’s GDP is $300 Billion and per capita income is above $55000.But our CBN wants to build a Singapore like Capital on both sides of river Krishna.

    How is he going to foot the Bill of Rs.1.35 lakh crore, with 1 lakh crore budget every year and 70% of it is going towards establishment expenditure?How many decades it will take to complete that pipe dream, if it is really attempted? Is there need and scope for a world class capital in a jiffy in A.P.? Are Gandhinagar, Bhubneshwar, Chandigarh world class? Are they not alright as capitals for their respective States.Why this world class schizophrenia?

    He is taking Andhra people for a ride.They are happily riding with him. It would be better for them to remember where did his world bank models landed the state economy on the eve of 2004 general elections. The people of Andhra roundly rejected him in the elections.He is now talking of world class models and Andhra people are merrily riding with him not knowing where will he drop them.
    Any way it is their internal matter and they are entitled to their own idiosyncracies. Why should we bother? Our only concern about their capital whether world class or India class is, when will they leave Hyderabad for it.

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