Andhra Pradesh government has announced that it is withdrawing the controversial AP Decentralisation and Inclusive Development of All Regions Bill, 2020, and the AP Capital Region Development Authority (Repeal) Bill, 2020, which entailed chief minister Jagan Mohan Reddy’s plan to have three capitals for Andhra Pradesh.
Advocate General informed the same to Andhra Pradesh High Court, which was hearing a case challenging the Bill. The state Cabinet conducted an emergency meeting and cleared the Repeal Bill to be introduced in the Legislature.
The decision on the matter comes in the wake of farmers’ opposition to the government move as the ryots who had parted with their fertile agricultural lands for the development of the state’s new capital city, had been up in arms against the ruling YSRC’ s move.
In July 2020, the AP government had called off the Amaravati Capital City Project by abolishing the Andhra Pradesh Capital Region Development Authority (APCRDA). Amaravati Capital City project, an ambitious project of the erstwhile Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, N Chandrababu Naidu, saw its fortunes changing when the government changed after the state Assembly elections last year. The new Chief Minister was not in favour of the project and had decided to scrap the master plan and move the administrative capital to Visakhapatnam in January this year. As per the decision taken by the state government, Andhra would have three separate capitals – the executive capital at Visakhapatnam, legislative capital at Amaravati and a judicial capital.