The government had already created Amaravati Metropolitan Development Authority on July 30, 2020 by repealing the AP Capital Region Development Authority (APCRDA) Act, 2014. The AMRDA is spread over 8,353 km, which includes 217 km of the capital city consisting of the 29 villages. After the government put forward its proposal of trifurcating the capital with the legislature at Amaravati, the judiciary at Kurnool and the executive at Visakhapatnam, the capital city plans for Amaravati were put on hold.
With the high court directing the government and the State Election Commission to not hold elections to the 29 villages, the government started the exercise to create the new urban local body. The high court is hearing a batch of cases by Kommineni Koteswara Rao and others filed in January this year. The petitioner said the government had not conducted elections to these 29 panchayats, along with other panchayats.
The state government had told the high court that these 29 villages are not rural panchayats and they were part of Amaravati city. The government also told the court that the previous government, which had created CRDA, did not conduct public meetings in every village to take their views on creating an urban body with all 29 villages. The present government is now rectifying the lapses and will bring in a new legislation to create an urban body, the counsel for the government told the court.
Going by what was submitted to the court, the government is planning to create another municipal corporation with the 29 villages of Amaravati. These villages are part of three revenue mandals of Thulluru, Mangalagiri and Tadepalli.
The government had merged Mangalagiri and Tadepalli municipalities and created Mangalagiri, Tadepalli Municipal Corporation on March 23, 2021. On similar lines, the government plans to hold public hearings in the 29 villages before announcing the creation of Amaravati Municipal Corporation.
The government is also said to be contemplating on creating a police commissionerate for Amaravati with the 29 villages. The previous TDP government too had planned to create a police commissionerate for Amaravati but the proposal was set aside.