Chief minister Chandrababu Naidu wants the first phase of building Andhra Pradesh’s new capital to be completed by 2019 though several aspects of the gigantic project, including its funding and execution, are yet to be finalised.
A team from Singapore led by S Iswaran, a senior minister for trade and industry, will submit the core area plan for Amaravati to Naidu on Monday. The chief minister has partnered with the Singapore government for constructing the “world class” capital near Vijayawada in coastal Andhra Pradesh.
The state needs to build a capital of its own as Hyderabad, currently the shared capital of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, will be given to the latter in 2024. Hyderabad was the main bone of contention during the creation of Telangana, and Naidu, who often claims credit for rebuilding the “Pearl City” into a hi-tech hub, is particularly chagrined at the loss.