Zee Media Bureau/Deepak Nagpal
Hyderabad: Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu on Thursday disclosed that the new capital of Andhra Pradesh will come up in Vijayawada region.
The announcement was made by CM Naidu in the state Legislative Assembly.
He told the Assembly that the government has decided to "locate the capital at central place of the state around Vijayawada".
Andhra Pradesh #capital to be centrally located around Vijayawada. Will do justice to every city through decentralised development.
— N Chandrababu Naidu (@ncbn) September 4, 2014
Naidu said the decision was taken in the state Cabinet meeting on September 1.
The announcement was expected earlier this week but was delayed, as per sources, due to astrological reasons.
Land prices had already soared in the stretch between Guntur and Vijayawada towns in anticipation of the announcement.
However, opposition parties are not happy with the choice and will protest against the development.
Telangana was carved out of Andhra Pradesh in June and the present state capital Hyderabad will be shared between the two states for 10 years. Post that period, Telangana will have claim over the IT city.
Naidu has said that he will create a new capital and model it on the lines of Singapore.