The foundation ceremony for Amaravati, the greenfield capital of Andhra Pradesh, was laid by Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with AP chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu and other dignitaries. Uddandarayunipalem of Thullur mandal in Guntur district is the location of Navyandhrapradesh, built across a green belt which is claimed to be the largest fertile land in the country.
Union ministers M Venkaiah Naidu, Ashok Gajapathi Raju and Nirmala Sitharaman, A P and Telangana governor ESL Narasimhan and Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao were among those present on the occasion. The Singapore government has prepared master plans for the three-layered capital — seed capital, capital city and capital region.
“Delhi will be working with AP at every step to make sure the growth of capital and state takes place properly. Our government will see that AP become human resources capital. Our government has set up 11 national-level institutions in the direction of improving the human resources in AP,’’ the prime minister said.
He also said that both Telugu states, AP and Telangana, should iron out differences and move towards development of the states and country.
Modi also promised support for the development of new state with the reliefs as promised in the AP Reorganisation Act, which includes special assistance to the state.
The upcoming city boasts a 17 km-long waterfront and is strategically placed between Guntur and Vijayawada.
The village is located about 40 km from Vijayawada which is the commercial hub of the state. Amid mixed feelings of farmers who gave up their land for the capital formation, Amaravati is expected to provide over 3.5 million jobs for 11 million people by 2035.