It is being widely speculated that there is not much land available for the proposed new capital which is expected to come up in Vijayawada with Chandrababu vouching for it. But sources say that there is some good news in store for Chandrababu Naidu.
The Andhra Pradesh government has reportedly been informed by its revenue department that there are more than 45,000 acres of degraded forest land, which is mainly encroached by locals and small industrial units, that is now at disposal near Vijayawada for constructing the new capital.
The chief minister is all set to announce the details today in the assembly. The report by the revenue department has reportedly identified 13,488 acres of forest land located near Nunna, Nainavaram and Pathipadu areas, currently a part of the Vijayawada-Guntur-Tenali-Mangalagiri Urban Development Authority (VGTM-UDA). The department also reportedly identified 16,305 acres each in Ibrahimpatnam, 10,500 acres near the town of Kanchikicharla and 14,768 in Jaggaiahpet mandal.
The government has also reportedly contacted the ministry of environment to commence process of denotifying this degraded forest land for new capital.