Governor BB Harichandan approves CM Jagan Mohan Reddy`s three capital plan for Andhra Pradesh

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Amaravati: Clearing the legislative hurdle To Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy’s plan to have three capitals for Andhra Pradesh, Governor Biswa Bhusan Harichandan on Friday gave his assent to the AP Decentralisation and Inclusive Development of All Regions Bill, 2020, and the AP Capital Region Development Authority (Repeal) Bill, 2020.

Though the 2 Bills will now formally turn into regulation following the Governor’s assent, the federal government must clear authorized hurdles earlier than it might lastly make its three capitals plan a actuality.

The concern is now pending earlier than the AP High Court. The two Bills have been handed solely by the Legislative Assembly twice, first on January 20 and subsequent on June 16 and weren’t cleared by the Legislative Council.

The Council Chairman, utilizing his discretionary powers, referred the 2 Bills to Select Committees for wider examinations however the Committees itself weren’t constituted all these months.

But the federal government despatched the Bills to the Governor for his assent below Article 197 (1) and (2) of the Constitution and, after wide-ranging authorized consultations, he gave his assent to the brand new laws, official sources stated.

The Jagan Mohan Reddy authorities introduced within the AP Decentralisation and Inclusive Development of All Regions Bill 2020, to offer form to its plan of getting three capitals for the state, with the chief capital in Visakhapatnam, Legislative capital in Amaravati and judicial capital in Kurnool.

It additionally supplies for dividing the state into numerous zones and establishing zonal planning and improvement boards.

The village and (municipal) ward secretariats system that the federal government introduced in in October final yr now will get statutory backing because it has been made a part of the brand new laws.

The different laws is meant to repeal the AP Capital Region Development Authority Act, 2014.

The CRDA Act was enacted on December 22, 2014, for the event of the state capital post-bifurcation with a selected space demarcated because the capital area.

Now that the YSR Congress authorities determined to have three capitals for the state, the CRDA Act is being repealed.

The authorities now intends to represent a brand new Amaravati Metropolitan Region Development Area below the provisions of AP Metropolitan Region and Urban Development Authorities Act, 2016.