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All for a capital: Andhra Pradesh panel to tour Asian nations to ‘study’ models

HyderabadAfter completing tours in the country, members of a special committee set up by the Andhra Pradesh Government to study various models for building the new capital of the State, will visit Singapore, Malaysia and China as part of their assignment.

The panel, headed by Municipal Administration and Urban Development Minister P Narayana, will visit the city-state in Southeast Asia and also Putrajaya (a planned town in Malaysia) from September 22 to 26.

It will then travel to China from October 5 to 9 to study the various city models in the giant Communist nation.

The Government will also constitute the Capital Region Development Authority, headed by the Chief Minister, within a month to execute the capital development plans after the area near Vijayawada was selected to establish the new seat of power for residuary Andhra Pradesh.

"We have visited Gandhinagar, Chandigarh and Naya Raipur to study how those capital cities were built. We will next visit some foreign cities to inspect the models there as well," Narayana told reporters here this afternoon after a meeting of the committee.

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