The first step towards building a world-class capital has been taken. Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu and Cabinet colleagues broke the ground for the construction of Amaravati, the future capital of Andhra Pradesh.

The dream capital of Andhra Pradesh is taking concrete shape. Despite malicious attempts by some political groups to put spokes in the efforts to build a world-class capital for Swarna Andhra Pradesh, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu performed ‘’Bhoomi Pooja (ground breaking ceremony) as per schedule amid chanting of vedic hymns for the new capital city on June 6.

Flanked by his wife Bhuvaneswari, son Nara Lokesh, Ministers of his Cabinet, senior officials and farmers of the capital region who made the land pooling a grand success, Chandrababu Naidu participated in all customary rituals with great devotion and fervour on the 25-acre site of Tallayapalem, the hamlet of Mandadam.

Vowing to build the new capital city of Andhra Pradesh as the world’s best capital city, the Chief Minister has called upon people to be partners in this `once in a lifetime’ opportunity. He said it was good fortune of five crore Telugus that they have got an opportunity to build a 21st century capital.

Naidu, his family members and ministers poured cement into a pit to mark the ceremony. A basin made with a kilogram of silver and gold coated shovel were among the masonry implements used on the occasion. The Chief Minister later ploughed the field with a traditional ploughshare while his wife sowed ‘navaratnalu’ (nine chief grains) in the soil.

Addressing the gathering after performing the ‘Bhoomi Puja’, the Chief Minister said that the need for the new capital city had become paramount as the state does not have a place to administer from. “We have inherited problems and revenue deficit when the state was bifurcated. But, let us not get disheartened and use the crisis as an opportunity to prove ourselves to the world. Moreover, when one is determined, nothing is impossible.”

Stating that Amaravati has a 30-km waterfront like no other city, Naidu said his government had launched the Pattiseema project and other works to ensure that there was no water scarcity. He also assured that local industries would be part of the construction of the capital.

“Today, we have a great opportunity to construct a capital city. People call me a visionary and I have a vision for a thriving people’s capital city in another 15-20 years,” the Chief Minister said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lay the foundation-stone for the works pertaining to the capital city during Dasara. The CM said that the Prime Minister has given assurance to extend help in constructing a capital that is even better than Delhi. There are problems, but we will overcome them and construct a dynamic city, which will attract the attention of the world, he added.

He also called upon people to support foreign investors in the new capital, as it will help create wealth, which in turn will provide more jobs and opportunities to prosper.

Naidu said that Amaravati would not be a mere administrative capital but a city which will transform people’s lives. “It will be a dynamic city, an economic capital which will give jobs to people and a tourism centre.”

“I have visited Chandigarh, Naya Raipur and Gandhinagar, but they are only administrative capitals. What I envision is a people’s capital, which is not just the administrative capital, but also economic, cultural, tourism and educational hub,” he said, while explaining the plans for the new capital provided by Singapore.
He launched a diatribe against those engaged in ‘wasteful’ dharnas against land pooling and other issues as rakshasas (demons) obstructing a yagna (sacred ritual). . “These parties are trying to create hurdles and the leader of a party sits on dharna as he is unable to digest the fact that the TDP will get the credit for the progress achieved by the State,” he said.

The Chief Minister asserted that efforts were being made to ensure that the new capital will serve as a growth engine for the new State and added that the government would overcome all odds to ensure that there was no dearth of funds for the construction of the capital.

Naidu said his government enjoyed credibility and it was evident from the fact that Japan, Singapore, China and other countries had expressed keenness in assisting the State in the construction of the capital.

Paying rich compliments to the farmers who volunteered to part with their lands for the capital, the Chief Minister said they would have the first right of the fruits of the developmental process of the new capital.
Union Minister of State for Commerce and Industry Nirmala Sitaraman assured the Central Government’s fullest support to the State in the construction of the new capital. “There is no scope for any doubt or debate over the Centre’s commitment to help Andhra Pradesh,” she said.

Milestones

Following the reorganization of the existing state of Andhra Pradesh, formation of the New Capital city became one of the most critical priorities for the new state, which is very important from the perspective of economic development, cultural integrity and administrative functioning.

  • The Andhra Pradesh Capital Region Development Authority Act, 2014 (Act.No.11 of 2014) has been enacted for the declaration of the New Capital Area for the State of the Andhra Pradesh.
  • The Government has notified erstwhile VGTMUDA area as Capital Region and the area on the southern side of the Krishna river in Guntur district as Capital City area to create a world class capital in the name of “Amaravati”.
  • a The Andhra Pradesh Capital Region Development Authority (APCRDA) under the chairmanship of the Chief Minister for the purpose of planning and development of Capital Region was established.
  • Government has authorized the Andhra Pradesh Capital Region Development Authority to undertake development scheme through voluntary Land Pooling Scheme in the capital city area and issued the ‘Andhra Pradesh Capital City Land Pooling Scheme (Formulation and Implementation) Rules 2015’. Accordingly, notifications were issued in 29 Revenue villages declaring the intention to implement Land Pooling Scheme with in the Capital City area and constituted Village Level and Scheme Level Committees with land owners as members to provide necessary inputs, effective implementation of the LPS, etc.
  • Under voluntary LPS, so far, farmers have given their consent for an extent of Ac.33, 692.36 cents. Out of notified extent of Ac.45,626.37 cents.
  • Government of Andhra Pradesh and Singapore Government have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) through which, Government of Singapore through its parastatal entities would support the Government of Andhra Pradesh in Master Planning and Development of the Capital City and its surrounding region.
  • Capital City Development and Management Corporation (CCDMC) – a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) under Companies Act, 2013, with an authorized share capital of Rs. 100 crores, for the development, implementation, operation and management of the New Capital City ”Amaravati” was established.
    A Technical Advisory Committee for selection of Consultant for Designing Government Complex in the Capital City which includes State Secretariat, State Assembly, Directorates, Departments, etc., apart from business, residential and other sectors was constituted.
  • An Empowered Committee of Secretaries for selection of the Job Creation & Investment Partner (JC&I) (Master developer) for the development of Seed Capital Area (SCA) as per the approved Master Plan was formed.
  • Government has decided to establish a Project Monitoring Unit (PMU) for Development of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) enable integrated online building permission system in the state for an orderly development of cities and towns, as part of its vision to provide e-Governance to its citizens.

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