New Delhi, Apr 25 UNI | 3 months ago

The Centre has constituted a five-member expert committee, headed by K C Siva Ramakrishnan, to study the various alternatives regarding the new capital for the successor state of Andhra Pradesh and make appropriate recommendations.

Besides Ramakrishnan, other members of the panel are Dr Rathin Roy, Director, National Institute of Public Finance & Policy, New Delhi, Aromar Revi, Director, Indian Institute for Human Settlements, Bengaluru, Prof Jagan Shah, Director, National Institute of Urban Affairs, and Prof K T Ravindran, former Dean School of Planning and Architecture.

The committee will study various alternatives for locating the new capital of the successor state of Andhra Pradesh and evaluate their comparative suitability based on available data, site visits and consultations with the stakeholders, central government and the existing government of the state and the successor State of Andhra Pradesh and submit its report by August 31.

It will evaluate the possible alternatives and make appropriate recommendations based on considerations such as availability of sufficient land, water and other essential natural resources with due regard to the possibility of de-reservation of degraded forest land and conduct an assessment of the potential for planned growth for the estimated population with appropriate zoning regulations as well as the feasibility of accommodating large structures to house the Raj-Bhawan, State Legislature (Assembly and Council), Secretariat, High Court and others.

The Committee while making its recommendations will inter-alia consider allied issues such as: a) The least possible dislocation to existing agriculture systems as well as ensure minimum resettlement of people and their habitations. b) Preservation of local ecology and natural features including water bodies. c) Promoting environmentally sustainable growth coupled with measures for pollution mitigation including solid and liquid waste management. d) Vulnerability assessment from natural disasters like floods, cyclones and earthquakes. e) Assess the scope for minimising the cost of construction and acquisition of land f) Ascertain the availability of raw materials, skilled and unskilled labour and others required for the construction of a new capital.

Any suggestion which is specific to the issues mentioned in the terms of reference of the committee that any member of public or any organisation would like to give to the committee could be communicated by May 7.

(Posted on 26-04-2014)