New Andhra Pradesh capital | A capital spreads its wings

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From infrastructure and exports to IT and tech, Visakhapatnam is speeding on the growth path, spurred by the prospect of being Andhra Pradesh’s executive capital

FACING THE WORLD: The Vizag skyline (Photo: AFP)

FACING THE WORLD: The Vizag skyline (Photo: AFP)

Amarnath K. Menon

ISSUE DATE: Jul 24, 2023 | UPDATED: Jul 14, 2023 16:43 IST

Visakhapatnam is headed for a new tryst with destiny. The city—which has evolved more by accident than by des­­ign, wedged between the Bay of Ben­gal and hills on the other side—was declared the new capital this January as part of the state government’s tri-capital plan. Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy announced in March that Visakhapatnam will be the exe­cutive capital of Andhra Pradesh from September, with the state’s administration shifting its headquarters from Amaravati, which serves as the current capital. On July 11, the Supreme Court put off the hearing against the tri-capital plan until December, which may force the CM to defer his moves to early 2024.


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