As Governor Biswabhusan Harichandan has approved the bill, Andhra Pradesh will have three state capitals. It was on yesterday that the governor signed yet another bill, which suggested of repealing the AP Capital Region Development Authority. Incidentally, both of these bills have turned quite controversial, and were sent to the Raj Bhavan by the state government on July 18. As per the bill, the following places would act as the headquarters of the state – Visakhapatnam, Kurnool and Amravati. While Visakhapatnam is going to be the administrative headquarters of the state, the legal capital status would go to Kurnool; with Amravati to receive the Legislation capital status.
As per the plans, the Assembly will convene less than 40 days a year. Being the administrative capital of the state, Visakhapatnam will feature the offices of the Chief Minister and the Governor. However, the petition filed by a group of farmers from Amravati will continue posing a crucial challenge against the Bill. The bill can only come into force, once a favorable judgment is been produced by the Court. The multiple state capital decision was taken according to the recommendations of the government appointed GN Rao Committee and the Boston Consulting Group.