Amaravathi to be the new capital city of Andhra Pradesh

The Government of Andhra Pradesh is considering naming ‘Amaravathi’ as the new capital city of Andhra Pradesh. The new capital city is built between Vijayawada and Guntur.

Official announcements are expected to be released soon. The actual Amaravathi town is 35 kms away from the area where the capital city will come up for which close to 33000 acres have been procured through land-pooling scheme by the government.

The capital is likely to have three rings — the core capital region, capital area and a larger capital region.

Though the actual ancient Amaravathi town is situated 30 km away from the proposed new capital, Naidu is keen to keep up the pride and cultural heritage of Telugus. Naidu decided to name the capita Amaravathi to bring back the ancient identity to this heritage site, although few of his party leaders pleaded to name the new capital after TDP founder and legendary film star NT Rama Rao.

Named after Amareswara Swamy Temple, one of the Pancharamas, in the southern region, this small village and the neighbouring Dharanikota, were once the seat of power during the rule of Satavahana, who ruled during 2nd century BCE and 3rd century BCE.

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Since then, it continued as the capital of many Andhra dynasties until the Mughul conquest and the subsequent British rule.

Government seemed to have weighed some factors in zeroing in on this naming proposal. Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu has been invoking the Telugu pride during his public speeches and it could be that prompted Government consider Amaravathi, as it was once the capital of Satavahanas.

The Andhra Pradesh has procured land areas from 29 villages in Thulluru, Mangalagiri and Tadikonda mandals of Guntur district. Minister Dr P Narayana has been assigned the task of pooling and procuring land for the new capital city.

Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu has visited Singapore to discuss details of the master plan being prepared by agencies of that Government.

Sharanya Bharathwaj

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