Andhra Pradesh Cabinet chaired by Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on 1 April 2015 approved that Amaravathi will be the new capital city of the state. The capital will come up at Tullur in Vijayawada-Guntur region of the state.
The name of Amaravathi as state capital was finalised in view of its historical, spiritual and mythological significance.
Besides this, AP cabinet also approved the first phase of the master plan prepared by Singapore government agencies and the new industrial policy, which will accelerate industrialisation of the state.
• Amaravathi, located on the banks of river Krishna, derives its name from Lord Amareswara temple in the village and it is known as Dakshina Kashi (Kashi of the South).
• It was the ancient seat of power of the Satavahanas for 400 years who ruled the country way back in 230 BCE.
• It also means the City of Gods (in Sanskrit, it literally means the Abode of Immortals) and as per Puranas, the city was ruled by Lord Indra
• It is a place, where not only Saivism and Vaishnavism developed but also Buddhism and Jainism flourished here
• It is one of the 12 heritage cities of the country which was chosen by the Union Government for development