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Telangana becomes India's 29th state, but has no official map yet

PTI  Hyderabad, June 02, 2014
First Published: 17:32 IST(2/6/2014) | Last Updated: 02:56 IST(3/6/2014)

Telangana formally became the country's 29th state on Monday, but it would take a while before it is reflected in the official geographical and political map, as the ministry of home affairs (MHA) is yet to provide boundary details to the Survey of India.

"Once the MHA provides us with the final boundaries of the state, we will incorporate them and release the official map. Some of the district boundaries in Telangana will become state boundaries with other states," an official of the Survey of India said.

"It may take some more time. We are yet to get details from the MHA. Based on that, our teams will incorporate boundaries up to the village level," the official said.

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When contacted, surveyor general of India Swarna Subbarao said it would take 10 days to draw the Telangana map after getting details from the MHA.

The Survey of India - the national survey and mapping organisation of the country under the department of science and technology tasked with printing of new maps of India with 29 states - is yet to get the final drawings of some mandals merged into Andhra Pradesh with regard to the Polavaram project, the official added.

The Union government had last week promulgated an ordinance merging some villages and mandals of Khammam district in Telangana with Andhra Pradesh (Seemandhra) in a bid to deal with resettlement and rehabilitation of those displaced by the Polavaram project.

The ordinance enables land-for-land in the same revenue division where people will be displaced. Poonam Malakondaiah, principal secretary of school education, meanwhile, said they are yet to get an official map which would be incorporated in school text books. Sources in the school education department said this year all the text books in Telangana will also have a syllabus on Andhra Pradesh (undivided) as they were printed much earlier.

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