Nellore-Tirumala via Gudur
Here’s a bite of criticism on design of capital of Andhra Pradesh (published by C. Ramachandraiah, CESS, who had M.Sc. from Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati, and Ph.D. from JNU, New Delhi, in Geography, in the commentary division of Economic and Political Weekly) with most pointers indicating impracticality insofar as appearance of Amaravati, the name assigned to administrative-to-be in an area of not less than a space of Hyderabad Metro Development Authority, is concerned, alongside exaggerated assumptions on population influx and employment generation. Adding to this alleged misplaced calculation is the proxy approximation of expanding Vijayawada Police Commissionerate into the largest police jurisdiction of the country, perhaps matching up Delhi Commissioner ambit, according to local daily Eenadu. As a matter of fact, the incumbent of Vijayawada Police Commissioner Office remained an officer of rank of Deputy Inspector General (DIG) and that of Visakhapatnam Police Commissioner Office an officer of rank of Inspector General (IG) till 2nd of June, 2014, when AP and Telangana were formed officially. Additional Source: http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/lead/eye-on-capital-loss-in-vision/article7119521.ece (Eye on Capital, Loss in vision)
10, September 2014. The Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh Nara Chandrababu Naidu announced his government’s decision to set up administrative and political capital in a range of 100 kilo meters from Vijayawada, the second biggest city in truncated Andhra Pradesh, after deliberations within the Telugu Desam Party elite membership and after gazing public mood which was in favour of decentralization in core areas of development and prosperity. Mr. Naidu also announced many sops for Visakhapatnam city and the two other districts in north coastal areas, besides some developmental plans for Rayalaseema region in which the treasury bench didn’t seem to have engaged its think tank for long term. Information Technology signature tower on the lines of one in Hyderabad, Electronic mega cluster on the lines of one in Bengaluru, and small and medium scale industries on the lines of Mumbai – all in Visakhapatnam area, also featured in Mr. Naidu’s speech in the assembly session.
CRDA under N. Srikanth, IAS, has been functioning in tandem with aspirations of Mr. Naidu and his council of ministers to build a world class capital city that could perhaps match ambience of Singapore and European cities as the state government has sent strong signals indicating its commitment to preserve green world where rich flora and agricultural fields have made the delta region the rice bowl of India. It remains to be seen if the master plan gets under way within the stipulated deadline when Mr. Narendra Modi and few important dignitaries might be present for the implementation work.
October 22, 2015 has been set the date for launching capital building project which would see participation of higher echelons of union government and head of Singapore. Further details regarding exactness of master plan and work would be published here during Vijaya Dasami.
Future Group’s location of its Central shopping mall on the Jagadamba lane in Visakhapatnam raised eye brows of many when the group started its second mall in the year 2011, in the undivided Andhra Pradesh. Mukta Arts too set up its second cinema screen (after Hyderabad) in the mall after its successful business venture in eight cities across India starting from Ahmedabad.
The major transport corridor Vijayawada Railway Station would have been obvious choice for locating Railway Zone headquarters, but the state government wants it in Visakhapatnam to pacify the region which lost capital to Guntur owing to its central location on the banks of River Krishna, and the uproar from Rayalaseema which is about 12 hours of road journey from port city.
Might of middle class in urban areas indicate extent of seriousness in entertainment. Daspalla Chitralaya, PVP in Vijayawada, and Rajadhani in Dilsukhnagar have been considered as the best for movie.
07, December 2013. A committee will be set up to examine ideal location for capital city of Andhra Pradesh and will submit its findings within forty five days of Andhra Pradesh State Reorganization Bill 2013 to be introduced in Parliament of India shortly. As things stand, we have been getting reports that Vizag is the front runner, and Vijayawada and Guntur lobby is doing intense lobbying to get their proximity notified as soon as possible. Vijayawada and Guntur combination for the capital city appears theoretically sound and ideal due to its central location; Visakhapatnam appears the most suitable location for the notification by the capital identification committee as the port city scores huge in vital parameters like investment potential ranking, number of central government agencies including the BARC, RINL-VSP, East Coast Railway’s earnings, and an international airport and IT and Pharma industry and most importantly cosmopolitan culture.
01, August 2013.
This has been a problem for Telugu speaking mass, as is highlighted by The Hindu today (01, August 2013), as they have to identify a location first that has better physical infrastructure, better rail, road, air connectivity to major metros such as Mumbai, New Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, and emerging and established cities like Chandigarh, Ahmedabad, Thiruvananthapuram, Pune, Jaipur, and North-East state capitals. This is the first thing to accomplish. Second thing would be to locate suitable government waste land for major constructions, like, Legislative Assembly, Raj Bhavan, Secretariat, Police Headquarters, Human Rights Commission, VIP guest houses, top civil servants’ official residences, dedicated communication wing for intelligence department, official press clubs, besides many national and international institutes of excellence like IISc, IIM, Stock Exchange, CSIR units, and Special Purpose Vehicle projects like Information Technology hub with best bandwidth allocation and industry-specific requirements.
The third is much difficult as more number of enthusiasts all across coastal district centres are turning up, for hosting capital city. There are so many names doing rounds as the jerk-like shock meted out to both regions is something no one would want to forget. They moved from Madras to Kurnool before setting out to Hyderabad in 1956 to build a capital city which looks very fine today. Exactly. The new place for power centre is to be accepted by every stake holder – political class, business class, intelligentsia, academia, and agricultural fraternity as this is rice bowl of India.
What’s so good about being in Hyderabad?
Converging Point to Hyderabad’s localities, Khairatabad junction, which leads to Begumpet via Raj Bhavan, Prasad’s IMAX theatre, People’s Plaza, NIMS road, Legislative Assembly, is also famous for tall Ganesh idol every year for Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations
Hyderabad Central on the NIMS road, is a major business huddle and is close to Banjara Hills, the political hub and sophisticated town with high Gujarati population
Snarl at traffic junctions and sophisticated roadways have something to offer for a common observer – where and when to make move, forward, backward, standstill, support, and enjoy the ride. Crossing a road is a practical teaching session for many of us. Almost all of us learn a lesson or two every now and then regarding people and paths! Here, Maddilapalem junction with Andhra University College of Engineering on one side and Shoppers Stop on V.I.P. road on another side is one of the key junctions that leads to Visakhapatnam Port Kalavani Stadium, Naval Science and Technological Laboratory (DRDO unit under Ministry of Defence), Murali Nagar, Industrial Estate, and N.A.D. (Naval Armament Depot) junction on the National Highway 5.
All the regions have invested their part in building Hyderabad. Land of Telangana has been operated well by successive Governments of India, whether in accommodating large number of central institutions of excellence, scientific organizations like National Remote Sensing Agency (NRSA) or by gifting world class metro rail, jewel-like outer ring road (ORR), and express way to country’s first ever green field international airport. Nuclear Fuel Complex (NFC) and Marri Channa Reddy Human Resources Development (MCRHRD) institute for personnel speak for high volumes of infrastructure created by governments, while State governments have done their best, and still are doing to give best possible face-lift to Hyderabad.
One of the bustling junctions of Brand Hyderabad, Maitrivanam, which leads to new generation townships of SR Nagar and Kukatpally, both hosting Andhra population to a large extent, is home to numerous software training centres
Assembly junction, surrounded by Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium (Flood Light towers are in the picture), Ravindra Bharati, Traffic Police HQ, Telugu Vishwa Vidyaalayam, leads to Nampally Railway Station
Lakdikapul junction, which hosts iconic Telephone Bhavan, boasts of Hyderabad’s modernity
Somjiguda Press Club road, nearby Khairatabad junction, hosts Telugu major daily Eenadu headquarters, besides owning key portfolio offices such as RTA Commissioner Office.
Past chief ministers Chandrababu Naidu and late YS Rajasekhara Reddy laid foundations to today’s outward Hyderabad, with differences in contribution percentage.
A hoarding in Mahatma Gandhi Bus Station (MGBS) Hyderabad reflects the amount of hard work and public exchequer being spent on physical infrastructue
Asia’s best film shooting spot Ramoji Film City and one of the best cricket stadiums available in India are also contributions from the private businessmen concerned. After this, now, they should look for another location that would not give them hostile environment just in a manner they have been subjected for more than a decade or so.
Let’s take a look at major contenders for capital city of Andhra Pradesh which is now only of two regions of contrasting genres – Rayalaseema and Coastal Andhra Pradesh. From various sources available and after many discussions with natives of urban Andhra, we see severe competition between Vijayawada-Guntur / Rajahmundry-Eluru-Vijayawada and Visakhapatnam, chief thanks to politicians of Vijayawada and large presence of PSUs and strategic defence locality of GoI; if these are not worked out, Nellore-Tirupati and Prakasam district could emerge front runners.
Visakhapatnam under VUDA (Vizag Urban Development Authority and GVMC)
Possible capital city’s urban headquarters, GVMC frontal view in corporate style; city has to gear itself to meet with rapid expansion plans of a new capital city in case it is offered the crown. Only drawback of the city is its exterior location which in the end may not be costly.
City’s silver linings are …
- Visakhapatnam Steel Plant with a dedicated suburban township,
- To-be-functional Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) under the aegis of DAE, which is three times the size of Trombay, Mumbai,
- Grooming International Airport, possibly with green field standards
- An old university (Andhra University College of Engineering is rated on a par with Indian Institute of Technology by expert committee), and chapters of IETE and Institution of Engineers (IE, Kolkata),
- Naval Science and Technological Laboratory, a DRDO laboratory
- YSR ACA-VDCA International cricket stadium, to be proposed by BCCI as a Test Match venue,
- Nation’s fifth biggest port in cargo handling, private port at Gangavaram, and the flagship Eastern Naval Command (ENC) headquarters,
- Vizag-Bheemunipatnam beach corridor,
- IT SEZ at Duvvada with ultra-modern amenities for STPI (taken up)
Visakhapatnam has emerged as prime location for businesses, chief thanks to the presence of only natural port in India, pretty good infrastructure with road, rail, air inter connectivity with major cities in India, cosmopolitan culture, emerging IT hub with established offices of IBM, Satyam, Wipro, and other corporate heavy weights already in line to set up service sector shops in the on going Information Technology Investment Region (ITIR) on the outskirts. Land is available across Anakapalle-Vizag-Vizianagaram highway lines, at relatively lower prices compared to Vijayawada and Guntur corridor, and the same has been reported in news recently.