With Andhra Pradesh Governor Biswabhushan Harichandan on Friday giving his assent for the formation of three capitals for the state, the Jagan Mohan Reddy government has quickly begun the exercise for shifting of the administrative capital to Visakhapatnam without loss of much time.
According to party sources, the chief minister is likely to lay foundation stone for the executive capital at Viskahapatnam on August 15, coinciding with the Independence Day celebrations, which would also be held in the port city.
Soon after getting assent from the Governor and the issuance of gazette notifications, Jagan reportedly deputed his CMO staff to make arrangements for the foundation stone laying ceremony.
Sources said starting with the foundation stone laying ceremony, the government offices would be shifted to Visakhapatnam in a phased manner.
In all probability, the entire administration is expected to be moved by October third week and the capital would start functioning from Dasara festival, sources said.
However, the shifting of high court from Amaravati to Kurnool might not happen immediately since it requires the assent of the high court chief justice, the Supreme Court and the Central government.
“But if Prime Minister Narendra Modi extends cooperation to the Jagan government, the judicial capital, too, could be shifted within six months,” sources said.