Telangana is all set to become India’s 29th state as the Congress Working Committee (CWC) Tuesday urged the government to take constitutional steps in this regard.
The new state will comprise of 10 districts including Hyderabad, which will be the common capital for 10 years, during which period the residuary state of Andhra Pradesh will build its own capital.
The CWC, the highest decision making body of the Congress, passed a resolution after the United Progressive Alliance’s co-ordination committee endorsed statehood for Telangana earlier in the day.
Manmohan Singh told the meeting that the formation of Telangana was very much required “for the development of the entire Andhra region”.The announcement ended a chapter in the history of Andhra Pradesh, which was formed Nov 1, 1956 with the merger of Telangana (then known as Hyderabad State) with Andhra State.
Andhra Pradesh was India’s fifth most populous state, with a population of 84.6 million. Spread over 275,000 square km, it ranked fourth among Indian states in terms of geographical area.
Telangana will have a population of 35.38 million and an area of 1.14 lakh square km.
Telangana, which comprises 10 districts including Hyderabad, was part of the erstwhile princely state of Hyderabad and has a distinct culture.
With this, the central government has fulfilled its Dec 9, 2009 announcement to initiate the process for forming Telangana state.