Hyderabad: Setting at rest the controversy over location of the new Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), the Andhra Pradesh government today said the premier institute would come up in neighbouring Medak district.
A three-member expert committee, constituted to inspect the potential sites, recommended that Kandi village in Medak, about 60 km from here, would be the suitable location for establishing the IIT in view of the infrastructure and other facilities available there.
“We are accepting the recommendations of the committee. We will make all arrangements to set up the premier institute,” Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhar Reddy announced at a press conference here.
The decision comes against the backdrop of raging political furore over the choice of location with the entire opposition favouring Basara in Adilabad district where Saraswathi temple is located.
The government had earlier indicated its preference for Medak district in view of its proximity to the state capital, rail, road and air connectivity and better infrastructure facilities.
The issue had become rallying point for the opposition TDP, CPI, CPI-M, BJP and TRS with some of them even launching agitations and indefinite fast demanding that the institute be located at Basara as per the original plans.
The state assembly had passed unanimous resolution, twice in the past, favouring the temple town in the far-flung, backward Telangana region for location of IIT.