Andhra Pradesh CM Jagan Mohan Reddy’s shift to Visakhapatnam now expected by December

While opening an Infosys centre in Vizag, Jagan said though he was hoping to shift in October, the outer deadline for moving is December.

ByRaj Rayasam

Published Oct 16, 2023 | 9:14 PMUpdatedOct 17, 2023 | 12:45 AM

Jagan move to Visakhapatnam

Taunting the TDP once again, Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy on Monday, 16 October, said that he would be shifting to Visakhapatnam soon and the official machinery is looking for a suitable accommodation for him.

“I am hoping to shift in October, but the outer line is December for me to stay here,” he said.

Though the chief minister made the announcement at the opening of the ₹35 crore Infosys Development Centre in Madhurawada in Visakhapatnam, its significance could not have been lost on the TDP that is opposed to Jagan’s three capital plan, even as shifting to the port city has become an all-consuming passion for the YSRCP leader.

A three-member team of IAS officers, led by Municipal Administration Principal Secretary Y Srilaskhmi, is already in Visakhapatnam to set up a camp office for Jagan, and offices and residences for the officials in the Chief Minister’s Office, as also those for the heads of departments.

The team will be staying in Visakhapatnam for two more days to discuss plans to carry out the assignment given to it.

Junking the TDP’s idea of single, greenfield capital at Amaravati, Jagan has been pushing for a decentralised three-capitals plan with the legislature in Amaravati, the executive in Visakhapatnam, and the judiciary in Kurnool.

Related: What is Andhra CM Jagan’s three-capitals plan? Why is it in limbo?

Vizag to rival Hyderabad, Bengaluru

Addressing the Infosys staff on the occasion, the chief minister said that Visakhapatnam, a happening city with good facilities, has the potential of becoming like Hyderabad and Bengaluru soon.

“Unfortunately, we lost Hyderabad due to bifurcation. Nevertheless, Vizag is the largest city in the state and has the potential to grow into a tier-1 city. It is an education hub having eight universities, including the National Law University, four medical colleges, 14 engineering colleges, and 12-degree colleges, besides several Public Sector Undertakings and the Eastern Naval Command,” he said, adding that it also has strong port-based infrastructure.

He said that the Bhogapuram international airport will also be ready in another two years.

The chief minister said that companies like TCS and Infosys could change the face of information technology in the state, and added that more companies like Adani Data Centre and the Submarine Cable Company from Singapore will soon come to the city, spurring its growth.

“I hope Infosys will create wonders in the path of development, taking the lead for other IT companies to arrive here,” he said. He assured the top management of the company that the Andhra government was just a phone call away in case it needed any support.

Related: With Visakha Garjana, Vizag roars in support of Jagan’s 3-capitals plan

Other inaugurations

Later, the Chief Minister Jagan inaugurated the unit of Eugia Sterils at Jawaharlal Nehru Pharma City at Parawada in Anakapalle district, and the second unit of the Laurus Labs at the Special Economic Zone at Atchyutapuram.

He laid the foundation stone for a new unit of the Laurus Labs and flagged off beach cleaning machines procured by the Greater Visakha Municipal Corporation. The machines will be operated on beaches at Visakhapatnam, Bheemunipatnam, and other nearby beaches.