Hyderabad: Andhra Pradesh CM designate N. Chandrababu Naidu is said to be keen on developing the Vijayawada belt as his capital zone. But it might not be a good idea as Vijayawada is a seismic zone with the highest risk in the state and, if he persists, it could prove to be quite expensive.
A Geological Survey of India (GSI) report on the seismicity of Vijayawada points out that there are four major sources of quakes within a 150 km radius of Vijayawada city. Geologists suggest that earthquake resistant structures must be built in the agglomeration to tackle quakes.
The Earthquake Geology Division of the GSI had commissioned a seismicity micronization study on the Vijayawada urban agglomeration.
There had been about 159 earthquakes in the Vijayawada region till the 2009-end. The report also said that quakes are likely to occur in four identified areas within a 150 km radius and buildings should be carefully built in these regions.