The academic and administrative block of SRM University in Amaravati FotoBernama
By Shakir Husain
Shakir Husain, Bernama's correspondent in New Delhi shares his take from the Indian sub-continent.
AMARAVATI, (India) (Bernama) -- Hyderabad is a thriving hub of commerce, culture and technology in southern India serving as the common capital of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.
Under the Andhra Pradesh bifurcation plan of 2014, Hyderabad was given to the newly-created state of Telangana, and Andhra has 10 years to find another place to make its new capital. Nara Chandrababu Naidu, Andhra Pradesh's chief minister, describes the situation at that time as a "crisis" that presented no easy solutions.
Instead of choosing an existing city as its seat of administration, Andhra Pradesh decided to build a brand new capital, located some 300 kilometres from Hyderabad.
To put things into perspective for Malaysian readers, Amaravati is the southern Indian state's own version of Putrajaya.
Indeed, Putrajaya is one of the places Andhra officials visited overseas to learn from different experiences in urban development.....