Agency Regions Of Vizag And East Godavari May Become A New District!

People in AP are bound to be happy if new districts are formed objectively without any self-interest. They will not have to travel long distances for their work with the government.

Amaravathi: The proposed formation of new districts in Andhra Pradesh is expected to pick up pace with the report on impending delimitation of Assembly constituencies in the State coming to a submission stage. Post its submission, the report will be examined by the Central Government before taking a decision.

Delimitation of Assembly constituencies is expected to ease the formation of new districts in AP. It would then be easier to decide which of the Assembly constituencies must go to a specific district. This will also facilitate future elections in a big State like AP, where polling is staggered district-wise in several phases over days.

Chief Minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu too is keen on division of some of the districts to make administration easier for the government and convenient for the people.

According to sources, new districts may be carved out of both Visakhapatnam and East Godavari districts. The hilly terrain in Agency areas of the two districts is virtually making administration difficult. With addition of seven mandals from Telangana post bifurcation of AP, contours of East Godavari district have expanded further.

In view of the topographical difficulties involved, the Agency region, spanning the East Godavari and Visakhapatnam districts, may be carved out to form a new district.

There is also a demand, though not so vocal, from various sections to split “big” districts keeping in view the interests of the people. Take the case of East Godavari. People from Rajahmundry and Agency regions have to go all the way to Kakinada for visiting the Collectorate. Similarly, citizens of Vijayawada have to travel to Machilipatnam, where headquarters of the Krishna district is located. Thus, people are also in favour of forming new districts.

If done objectively and without any self-interest, the decision on new districts will certainly result in decentralisation of administration, with better services to the people.

However, AICC Vice-President, Rahul Gandhi, has on Wednesday come out with a statement that his party would agree to delimitation of Assembly constituencies in AP only when the NDA Government grants it the special category status. This could delay the prospects of early formation of new districts.

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