Andhra Pradesh government has formed a review committee of experts from across the country to examine all the projects and plans for the capital city of Amaravathi. The committee has been given a timeline of six weeks to submit its report to the government. In August, Jagan Reddy government had formed a cabinet sub-committee to reexamine all projects and financial transactions of the Naidu regime alleging that there was wide-spread corruption for personal gains in the previous government.
Now an expert committee comprising of town planners, architects, environmentalists, flood management experts and urban planners have been appointed. They have also been mandated to suggest a comprehensive development strategy for all-round
development of the entire state, including the capital city of Amaravathi. Following is the list of experts in the committee, as per the Government Order that Republic has exclusively accessed.
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1. Prof. Dr Mahaveer, Professor of Planning, Dean (Academic), School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi.
2. Dr Anjali Mohan, Urban and Regional Planner.
3. Prof. Shivananda Swamy, CEPT, Ahmadabad
4. Prof K.T. Ravindran, SPA(Retd), Delhi School of Architecture, Delhi.
5. Dr K.V. Arunachalam, Retd. Chief Urban Planner, Chennai.
The Committee shall co-opt one member who is an expert in Environmental Issues & Flood Management. Sri G.N.Rao, IAS (Retd) (1988 batch) will act as Convenor of the Expert Committee.
After a change of government in Andhra Pradesh in May 2019, the developmental works, particularly in the capital region have been halted. The previous Chief Minister had announced that Amaravathi will be built as a ‘world-class city’ at a cost of Rs 2 lakh crore. Over five years, close to Rs 10,000 crore had been spent or earmarked for the new capital but the developmental projects have been currently stalled, pending review by the new regime.
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While the TDP has been alleging political vendetta, the Andhra government has been maintaining that they will only act as per documentary evidence and the probe report submitted to them. While Naidu government had made ambitious plans for the capital region and had started developmental work, the official notification for Amaravathi to be made the capital has not yet been issued. In December 2014 the Naidu government had notified an area of 7,068 sq km as the Andhra Pradesh Capital Region(APCR) but so far it remains just a cluster of villages and towns.