1. Andhra Pradesh’ new capital city Amaravati: Top 10 things to know about the $2 bn project

Andhra Pradesh’ new capital city Amaravati: Top 10 things to know about the $2 bn project

History repeated itself after 18 centuries on Thursday when the foundation stone for Andhra Pradesh's new capital Amaravati was laid by PM Narendra Modi along with Andhra Pradesh CM N Chandrababu Naidu. Here are top 10 things to know about the futuristic 'Amaravati' city:

By: | New Delhi | Updated: October 24, 2015 1:06 PM
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PM Narendra Modi (center right) lays the foundation stone for the new capital of Andhra Pradesh, as Chief Minister of the state Chandrababu Naidu stands on the other side of the plaque, in Amaravati, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015. Amaravati city is located on the banks of the River Krishna in Guntur district of Andhra Pradesh. (AP photo)

History repeated itself after 18 centuries on Thursday when the foundation stone for Andhra Pradesh’s new capital Amaravati was laid by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Uddandarayunipalem along with Andhra Pradesh CM N Chandrababu Naidu and his Telengana counterpart K Chandrasekhar Rao. Here are top 10 things to know about the futuristic ‘Amaravati’ city:

1. Home to the much-worshipped north flowing river Krishna, the new capital is set to complete the first phase of development by 2018.

2. Famous for the stupa of Dhyana Buddha dating back to the times of Emperor Ashoka, Amaravati, formerly known as Andhra Nagari, is spread across 16.9 sq. km. The ancient capital of the Satavahana kings, Amaravati, has been neglected for ages despite its glorious past.

3. Amaravati, the new capital of Andhra Pradesh, is set to be an amalgamation of ‘navratnas’- knowledge city, financial city, health city, tourism city, government city, sports city, electronics city, justice city and education city.

4. The decision to give the ancient city back its status of being the capital began back in July last year soon after the state of Telangana came into existence, leaving Andhra Pradesh with 13 districts. It was only after N. Chandrababu Naidu became the chief minister for the third time that the Andhra Pradesh Cabinet decided the capital of the new state must be near Vijayawada. Chandrababu Naidu, linking the state’s future to the region’s Buddhist past, named Amaravati as the new capital in March 2015.

5. Andhra Pradesh govt, through its theme song, invited people to contribute for the capital’s development. It garnered more than Rs 3 crore though the ‘My Brick My Amaravati’ online initiative, in which one brick costs Rs 10.

6. In his preparation for today’s event, N Chandrababu Naidu sprinkled holy water and soil collected from several sacred religious places across the globe all over the new capital area, Amaravati, from a helicopter on Wednesday. The water and soil was also brought from several holy places around the world, including Mecca, Jerusalem, Manasarovar and Bangaru Bavi in Tirumala.

7. Every religion and faith was involved in this historic event. The soil and water from the Golden Temple in Amritsar, Vaishnodevi Temple and Ajmer Dargah were collected. The special ‘putta mannu’ (ant-hill soil) was collected from 13,000 villages and 3,000 wards in the state.

8. The new capital is set on a path to development with projects lined up for the Krishna and Guntur districts, which constitute the Andhra Pradesh capital region. It is mainly due to their location in Visakhapatnam-Chennai and Bengaluru-Chennai industrial corridors that are being funded to a large extent by Japan International Cooperation Agency and Asian Development Bank.

9. As per the Capital Region Master Plan, pharmaceuticals, integrated textiles and cement plants have been identified as growth drivers for Guntur district and integrated textiles and petrochemicals for Krishna. Besides, both districts are chosen for development of food processing parks and smart industrial townships.

10. Visakhapatnam-Kakinada and Chittoor-Nellore areas have so far attracted huge investments and are better placed to continue their predominance apparently because of the presence of vibrant seaports at Visakhapatnam and Gangavaram in Visakhapatnam district, Kakinada in East Godavari and Krishnapatnam in Nellore district.

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  1. M
    Apr 20, 2017 at 6:38 am
    I am munisekhar i completed my btech i am fresher my department mechanical engineer
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      Mukhee srini
      Jan 5, 2016 at 7:55 am
      As a citizen of ap.my opinion is.main city lo main roads ki two sides cycle ways undali .that is my opinion.
      1. M
        Oct 6, 2016 at 6:55 pm
        INFORMATION / REFERENCE ON DHARANI KOTA ( KOTA) DYNASTY i.e Amaravathi region" The Kotas of Dhanamjaya Gothra appear as the second among the four important branches of Kshatriyas in Telugu land" - page 174 'History of Andhra Country' 1000AD-1500AD by Yashoda Devi. Book published by Gyan Publishing House.-------------------------------" DHARANIKOTA -Ganna Bhupala Dantuluri was ruling a tract about Dharanikota about 1400 A.D. was of Kota lineage. Famous Telugu poet Srinatha wrote 'Dhananjaya Vijayam' and dedicated it to Dantuluri Gannabhupala. Mahamuni Kavya Kanta Ganapathi Shastry mentioned in his book that King Dantuluri Gannabhupala gave away his daughter Surambika to Ana Vema Reddy who ruled Addanki. This was mentioned to be the first marriage between Kshatriya and Reddy communities"(Source worldlibrary. org) - - -------------------------------------------According to Wikipedia the country on the southern bank of Krishna river was ruled by these Dhanunja gotra kings as a defecto independent power for over 150 years beginning of the 12th century to the last quarter of the 13th century .Kota Chiefs had marital relations with Kakatiya kings.Kota Hariseema Krishna was a Por King among Kota Kings. Other kings were Bhima Raju, Keta Raju, Rudraraju, Dantuluri Gannabupaludu. Telugu poet Srinadhudu dedicated his literary work " Dhananjaya Vijayamu' to the King Dantuluri Gannabhupaludu. It was also seen that Telugu poet Mangalagiri Ananda Kavi dedicated his literary work " Vijayananda Vilasamu" to Datla Venkatrama Nrupudu ( Datla venkatrama Raju) of Kota lineage. Present Rajus / Dhananjaya Gotra Rajus of surnames Dantuluri ( Tuni Zamindars of this surname), Nallaparaju Zamindars, Datla, Dandu, Rudraraju, Bhupatiraju, Penmetsa andother surnames of Dhananjaya gotra Rajus are descendants of this dynasty.
        1. S
          Jul 13, 2016 at 4:20 pm
          Dont put all the revenue at one place like done earlier(hyderabad).Try to split /distribute equal importance for all the 13 districts.As we are in economical deficiency since bifurcation, please avoid unnecessary expenditure for useless programmes.Invest less on pilot projects and invest needful expenditure on after successive responce from the public/project.(Expenidture means - MONEY, MANPOWER AND TIME).
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            VICTOR SINGH
            Aug 25, 2016 at 9:20 pm
            well linked and idealistic India and modern scientific India, wonderful science and Spirituality will go togeather. conratulations mr N CHANDER BABU NAIDU And MR NARINDER MODI. GOD BLESS U BOTH GOOD LUCK and SUCCESS.
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              L Srikanthan
              Oct 23, 2015 at 3:45 pm
              God Bless amaravathi and Chandrababu naidu for the development of AP.
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