PM Narendra Modi laid foundation stone of Amaravati, new capital of Andhra Pradesh
Amaravati is the fifth preceded capital city built in independent India followed by Gandhinagar, Chandigarh, Bhubaneswar and Naya Raipur.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 22 October 2015 laid foundation stone of the new capital city of Andhra Pradesh-Amaravati-at Uddandayauruni Palem village.
The village is located 19 kilometer away from Vijayawada in Krishna District on the banks of River Krishna and is one of the three villages where the seed capital will come up. The other two seed villages’ are-Lingayapalem and Thallayapalem.
Construction of new capital became necessary for Andhra Pradesh as the AP Reorganisation Act, 2014, through which the state was bifurcated, mandates that Hyderabad will be the common capital for Andhra Pradesh and Telangana at most for 10 years.
After the stipulated time, Hyderabad, which is geographically located within Telangana, will remain as the sole capital of Telangana State.
Key facts related to Amaravati
• The name Amaravti is derived from the capital of erstwhile Satavahana rulers.
• Amaravati is the fifth planned capital city built in independent India preceded by Gandhinagar, Chandigarh, Bhubaneswar and Naya Raipur.
• It will be constructed in an area of around 33000 acres or 217 square kilometre in a multi-phased manner through Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode.
• The land needed for Amaravti was collected on ‘pooling’ basis from farmers.
• The first phase of the city will be ready by 2018.
About Ancient Amaravati
• It was located on the banks of river Krishna and derives its name from Lord Amareswara temple in the village which is known as Dakshina Kashi (Kashi of the South).
• It was the ancient seat of power of the Satavahanas for over 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.
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