India’s Newest Capital Cities- Naya Raipur and Amaravati
Naya Raipur, the new capital of Chhattisgarh, was conceptualised as an international city, built from scratch or, in this case, green field to be the country’s first smart state capital. The idea was to keep it big on infrastructure, a vision shared 500 kilometres away by Amaravati, the new state capital of Andhra Pradesh. In recent years, the two cities have braved distinct set of challenges. Amaravati was declared the capital only in 2014, when Telangana was carved out of Andhra Pradesh. One of the first things Andhra chief minister Chandrababu Naidu did to ensure Amaravati succeeded was to pack his bags and shift base to the new capital from Hyderabad. His cabinet colleagues and bureaucrats gingerly followed. In record time, a temporary secretariat, assembly building, other offices and staff quarters were built as nearly 6,000 government officials moved in with their families. Naya Raipur, on the other hand, has been slow in its progress.