Andhra Pradesh To Get New Capital Amaravati Today, PM Modi To Inaugurate

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By DoThe Best October 22, 2015 12:21

Andhra Pradesh To Get New Capital Amaravati Today, PM Modi To Inaugurate

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lay the foundation stone of Andhra Pradesh’s new capital Amaravati in Guntur district at a grand event today that is expected to be attended by over four lakh people. The guest list includes mega star Amitabh Bachchan, several union ministers and chief ministers including Telangana’s K Chandrasekhar Rao and top industrialists from across the country.

The function is being held at Uddandarayunipalem village on the banks of the river Krishna. The Prime Minister would spend about 90 minutes at the event during which he will perform ‘shila nyas’ for the new capital city, located about 40 kms from the commercial capital Vijayawada.

The state government has also invited eminent personalities and foreign dignitaries for the event. Ministers and delegations from Singapore and Japan are also expected to attend the function. Singapore government agencies have helped in preparing the master plan for the city.

Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has personally invited the Prime Minister, several union ministers, Governor ESL Narasimhan and Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao. Setting aside the bitterness in their relations due to cash-for-vote scam, Mr Naidu met his Telangana counterpart and invited him for the event.

Amaravati, situated in Guntur district, was once the seat of power of Satavahana rulers. Mr Naidu has said he wants it to be a “people’s capital”, a destination of opportunities and a city of the future.
As per a call given by the chief minister, soil and water from 16,000 villages in the state and prominent pilgrim centres across the country have been brought to the capital region to be used in construction.

Yesterday, this soil and water was sprinkled over the area where the capital city is to be built in a symbol of collective participation in the launch of the “people’s capital”.

Seeking support for Amaravati, the chief minister and his family members took to the social media and urged people to take a selfie and use #ManaAmaravatiManaRajadhani with it. Hours before the inauguration, the hashtag was a top trending topic on the microblogging site.

Earlier this month, Mr Naidu had urged each citizen of the state to buy “e-bricks” at Rs. 10 each for the new capital Amaravati. Within 24 hours of the launch of the website “My Brick My Amaravati,” nearly four lakh “e-bricks” were bought.

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By DoThe Best October 22, 2015 12:21
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