Huge task ahead: Carving out Telangana from AP

  • Prasad Nichenametla, Hindustan Times, Hyderabad
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  • Updated: Feb 25, 2014 08:47 IST
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    TRS activists dance as they celebrate with colours the passage of Telangana bill in the Lok Sabha, in New Delhi. (PTI photo)

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    TRS chief K Chandrasekhar Rao with supporters celebrating the passage of Telangana bill in the Lok Sabha, at his residence in New Delhi. (PTI photo)

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    TRS supporters hold a hoarding of Congress president Sonia Gandhi as they celebrate the planned creation of Telangana state in Hyderabad. (AFP photo)

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    A TRS supporter holds a map as he celebrates the planned creation of Telangana state in Hyderabad. (AFP photo)

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    YSR Congress president YS Jaganmohan Reddy addresses the press after the bill for separate Telangana state was passed in Lok Sabha at Parliament house. (HT ...

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    Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi attends the Parliament session ahead of the passage of Telangana bill in the Lok Sabha.(HT photo/Sonu Mehta)

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    TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu attends the Parliament session ahead of the passage of Telangana bill in the Lok Sabha. (HT photo/Sonu Mehta)

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    Telangana MPs Gunda Sudharani, Nageshwar Rao, and Ramesh Rathore celebrate the passage of Telangana bill in the Lok Sabha. (HT Photo/Sonu Mehta)

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    Telangana supporters in Hyderabad celebrate the passage of Telangana bill in the Lok Sabha. (HT photo)

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    Telangana supporters celebrate the passage of Telangana bill in the Lok Sabha. (HT photo/Mohd. Zakir)

With Parliament approving the carving out of the country’s 29th state from Andhra Pradesh, central and state authorities are setting out to estimate its value to divide and distribute the assets – right from some of the biggest projects in the country like the Nagarjuna Sagar to the smallest piece of furniture.

A mammoth exercise on an unprecedented scale is required to create Telangana from Andhra Pradesh and redistribute the assets.

The exercise is unlike the ones undertaken to carve out Uttarakhand and Chhattisgarh from Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh because the new states formed only small parts.

It will also be much more difficult than creating Jharkhand from Bihar, which was not high on resources. The prosperous Andhra Pradesh has to be divided roughly in a ratio of 60:40 ratio for Andhra Pradesh: Telangana.

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The main challenge, however, would be posed by Hyderabad, where approximately 84,000 state government employees and hundreds of offices have to be distributed between new entities. 

According to the Socio-Economic Survey of Andhra Pradesh, the state has a geographical area of 275,045 sq km. The 2011 Census places the present state as India’s fourth largest by area and fifth largest by population, with 8.47 crore inhabitants.

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