Amid fanfare, Prime minister Narendra Modi on Thursday laid the foundation stone of Andhra Pradesh’s new capital Amaravati at Uddandarayunipalem village in Guntur district.
Union Ministers M Venkaiah Naidu, Ashok Gajapathi Raju and Nirmala Sitaraman, AP and Telangana Governor E S L Narasimhan and Chief Ministers of AP and Telangana N Chandrababu Naidu and K Chandrasekhar Rao, respectively, were among those present on the occasion of ‘shila nyas’ in the village, about 40 kms from Vijayawada, the commercial hub of the state.
Modi went around ‘Amaravati Pavilion’, a walk through showcasing evolution of Amaravati, a place of immense historical, mythological and cultural significance, its present and future.
Amaravati was once the seat of power of Satavahana rulers.
As per a call given by Chandrababu Naidu, soil and water from 16,000 villages in the state and prominent pilgrim centres in the country have been brought to the capital region to be used in the construction of the capital city.
The idea is to promote a sense of belongingness among the people, officials said.
Singapore government agencies have prepared the master plans for the three-layered capital — seed capital, capital city and capital region.
PM Narendra Modi speaking at the foundation laying of the new capital of AP, Amaravati
* Amaravati is going to be the people’s capital in the real sense.
* Andhra Pradesh is today taking a very important step.
* Urban development should be considered as an opportunity not as a challenge.
* Amaravati will have all modern facilities a capital requires.
* Very few new capitals or towns have been built after Independence. We must look towards urbanisation with sustainability.
Prime Minister is shown a presentation on the ‘past, present and future’ of Amaravati, a place of immense historical, mythological and cultural significance.
PM Narendra Modi participates in the rituals to lay the foundation stone of Andhra Pradesh’s new capital Amaravati
PM Modi met with the family of Andhra Pradesh CM Chandrababu Naidu.
Kuchipudi performances a part of celebrations in Amaravati
PM Narendra Modi reaches Amaravati, Andhra Pradesh