Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy has received a setback from the Supreme Court in the matter of developing Amaravati as the capital.

The Supreme Court has not accepted the state government's request to stay the High Court order in March last year.

The High Court had ordered the government to prepare Amravati as the capital within 6 months.

Justice KM Joseph and Justice BV Nagaratna said the court would hear the request on July 11 along with other petitions related to the issue.

Significantly, Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy had announced in the state assembly that he would shift to Visakhapatnam from July and would see Raj Kaj from there. 

Let us tell that after the separation of Telangana from the then Andhra Pradesh in 2014, orders were given to make Andhra Pradesh the new capital within 10 years.

For 10 years, both the states were going to use Hyderabad as the capital. Chandrababu Naidu, who was the Chief Minister of the state at that time, had planned to build a world-class greenfield capital in Amaravati.

Its foundation stone was laid by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Thousands of acres of land were acquired for the capital and grand plans were drawn up with the construction of the new capital.

When Reddy became chief minister in May 2019, his government alleging a major real estate scam in land acquisition and plans for a new capital at Amaravati scrapped the AP Capital Region Development Authority.

Reddy later passed a new law announcing decentralization and that the state would have three capitals – a judicial capital at Kurnool, a legislative capital at Amaravati and an executive capital at Vizag.

After legal trouble, the government then withdrew its decentralization bill and repealed the APCRDA in November. 

The Andhra Pradesh High Court had ruled in favor of Amaravati farmers in March 2022, asking them to build the capital in Amaravati in six months as per the master plan given in the Capital Region Development Authority Act.

After which the state government reached the Supreme Court from where once again the state government got a shock. 

The court's decision has come in response to several petitions filed by the farmers.

The farmers challenged the repeal of the CRDA Act passed by the Chandrababu Naidu government to develop a grand capital at Amaravati, for which they had given land.

A division bench of the High Court headed by Chief Justice Prashant Kumar Mishra had given its final verdict on a batch of petitions challenging the repeal of the Decentralization Act and the Andhra Pradesh CRDA Act. 

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