Vizag set to be split into two districts
YSR Congress Party chief Y S Jaganmohan Reddy during his election speeches announced that after coming into power, the existing 13 districts will be bifurcated into 25 districts.With City, Rural and Agency lifestyles, the district spreads over 46 mandals of which 11 are completely in the agency areas.
Visakhapatnam: As per election promise of the YSR Congress Party, the historical Visakhapatnam district is going to be split into two districts. YSR Congress Party Chief Y S Jaganmohan Reddy announced that after coming into power, the existing 13 districts will be bifurcated into 25 districts. The new district will emerge considering based on each Lok Sabha segment region.
With City, Rural and Agency lifestyles, the district spreads over 46 mandals of which 11 are completely in the agency backdrop. At present, the district has two Lok Sabha segments, Visakhapatnam and Anakapalle and the two Assembly constituencies, Araku Vally and Paderu (covering all 11 mandals) are in the Araku Lok Sabha segment. Covering all the constituencies in Srikakulam, Vizianagaram, Visakhapatnam and East Godavari district, the Araku ST Lok Sabha segment was created.
According to the revenue officials, along with the Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (Bheemili to Anakapalle), Kasimkota, Yelamanchili, Payakaraopeta, Nakkapalle, Atchutapiram, Anandapuram, Tagarapuvalasa, and Pendurty will be in Visakhapatnam district. The other rural mandals including Chodavaram, Narsipatnam, Butchhyyapeta, Cheedikada, K.Kotapadu, Devarapalle, Madugula, Narsipatnam, Madugula, Munagapaka, Ravikamatham, and Rolugunta will emerge as Visakhapatnam Rural district.
The officials are also suggesting that it is better to create an exclusive district considering the present Araku Lok Sabha segment.
As the Visakhapatnam agency most popular after freedom fighter Alluri Sitaramaraju fought with Britishers, the government would name the district as Alluri Sitaramaraju district, a senior revenue official opined.
"We have to prepare entire data about agriculture, industries, educational institutions, medical infrastructure, and other information. According to the information, district wise reviews would start after the special assembly sessions," the officer opined.
Meanwhile, the trade and industry have welcomed the bifurcation of the district.
"Districts bifurcation is a welcoming decision. However, with regard to Visakhapatnam district, it needs to be ensured that the future industrial belt and the area likely to be developed with infrastructure should come under the district. And future expansions for the next 50 years should be part of Visakhapatnam district including the new airport. The government should discuss with all the stakeholders before splitting the district," said Director, Andhra Pradesh Chamber of Commerce and Industry D S Varma.