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Andhra Government cannot change the state capital; High Court

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The High Court of Andhra Pradesh has ruled that the Andhra Pradesh legislative assembly does not have the power to make any law  for shifting, bifurcating or trifurcating the capital. It instructed the government to build the capital of Amravati within six months.

  • The High court gave its verdict on a bunch of petitions filed by the farmers of Amravati who voluntarily gave up their land  for development of Amaravati as the capital of Andhra Pradesh .

  • The decision to develop Amravati as a capital in and around Guntur and Vijayawada area of Andhra Pradesh was taken by the Telugu Desam Party government  led by N. Chandra Babu Naidu after  Hyderabad was  made the capital of  Telangana.

  • The High court held that the capital city and location of the High court can be set up only under the Andhra Pradesh Capital Region Development Authority Act, 2014 (APCRDA), and the land pooled under the Andhra Pradesh Capital City Land Pooling Scheme Rules, 2015. 

  • Under these laws Amravati is to be the capital of Andhra Pradesh with the seat of the State Legislature and  state High Court to be at Amravati.

  • The Jagan Mohan Reddy government which came into power in 2019 decided to make Amaravati, Visakhapatnam and Kurnool as the state’s legislative, executive and judicial capitals, respectively. 

Important for  Exam 

  • Andhra Pradesh reorganisation act 2014 passed by the Parliament divided the state of Andhra Pradesh into two states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana 

  • The new State came into being on 2 June 2014.

  • Hyderabad was to be the common capital of the two states for ten years  and after that Hyderabad will come under Telangana .

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