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Amaravati - People's Capital

By choosing the ancient name for the new capital of AP, Chandrababu naidu displayed his sagacity as the true leader of all telugus.

History is reinventing its glorious past in Andhra Pradesh. By naming the new capital of Andhra Pradesh after the historical city of Satavahana dynasty in second century A.D., Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu inspired every Telugu living across the world to not only relive the legacy of a bygone era but also build a golden future for generations to come.

It is a masterstroke in branding as Naidu sets out to build a world class city in the historically important region between Vijayawada and Guntur, the central point of the newly carved state of Andhra Pradesh.

The decision to name the new capital of Andhra Pradesh as “Amaravati” was widely welcomed by Telugus across the world. As soon as the announcement was made, netizens took to social media to hail the decision.

The word “Amaravati” started trending on Facebook and Twitter, and other websites, as Twiterrati described the name as the “best among the available options” apart from mentioning its advantages, such as ‘Amaravati, AP Capital’ alphabetically being the first.

“Amaravati to Bring a Wave of Nostalgia and Hope Among Andhraites,” the New Indian Express greeted the announcement.

“Two millennia later, Amaravathi becomes Andhra capital once again,” said The Hindu Businessline.

“The long-lost historical essence of the place will relive with the name of the capital,” Vasudevan Iyer, Hyderabad branch director of real estate consulting firm Knight Frank India Pvt. Ltd was quoted by financial daily, The Mint.

Amaravati has a 2,000-year-old history and was recently declared a Unesco Heritage Town. Having a Buddhist stupa and a school of art named after Buddha, Amaravati is among the 12 towns in India with a heritage tag. For this reason, the name Amaravati is being seen as apt which would draw attention of the people worldwide. Besides, the historic name will be embraced by all Telugus, whether they are in Andhra, Telangana, elsewhere in India, or abroad.

The Chief Minister, however, is not one to rest on the splendours of the past, as he meticulously set out to create a people’s capital that, while resonating with the ancient religious, spiritual and secular symbolism, is a bustling centre of truly modern and contemporary metropolis on a fast track of economic growth.

The masterplan for the new capital city has alredy been drawn out by experts from Singapore Government, whose Minister for Trade and Industry S Eswaran personally handed over the blue print to the Chief Minister at Secretariat in Hyderabad on May 25. “It is a ‘green’ plan, because of its emphasis on public transportation and not merely private transportation. The second point I would make is, it’s also a ‘blue’ plan. It’s a blue plan because you are blessed with very rich water resources and the idea is to take advantage of that in order to enhance amenities,” Eswaran explained.

The 7,420 square km Capital Region Plan is the first of a three-stage master plan for the Capital City. Surbana International Consultants and Jurong Consultants are the master planners for the project.

Under the Memorandum of Understanding, a Capital Region Plan covering some 7,420 km2 and a Capital City master plan covering 217 km2 are being drawn up. The achievement of this milestone in the Andhra Pradesh-Singapore collaboration has been possible because of the personal rapport and respect that Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu commands with the Singapore Government.

Iswaran said, “Singapore is pleased to complete and hand over to the Andhra Pradesh government the Capital Region Plan on schedule. It is testimony to the excellent bilateral working relationship between Andhra Pradesh and Singapore…”

The Plan identifies the appropriate long-term economic positioning of the existing towns and cities within the capital region and the context, therefore, for the growth and development of the future Andhra Pradesh Capital City. It includes a regional socio-economic analysis and demographic study and recommends a set of strategies to enhance connectivity and undertake transit-oriented urban development while protecting agricultural zones and heritage areas.

Besides the Singapore companies, the Japanese companies are ready to associate in construction, environment and other requirements of the city,” the Chief Minister said. “It will be a deadly combination.”

“Our aim is to build an ultra-modern, world-class city which has historical and cultural significance, economic activity, social life, employment opportunities and is affordable for even the poorer sections,” Chandrababu Naidu said.

The new capital city of Andhra Pradesh will be built by a global master developer based on the master plan prepared by the Singapore government. “After the master plan is prepared by the Singapore government, the next step is to select a master developer and complete first-phase of the capital city comprising administrative buildings, offices and residences for 20,000 employees before 2019,” Chief Minister disclosed.

Naidu wants some of the buildings to be completed within a year of starting work. The Central government released Rs1,500 crore for the construction of the capital in the previous financial year and Naidu is aiming to get some more funds this year. Before starting construction work, the state government will send a Detail Project Report (DPR) to the Centre on the basis of the masterplan that will be submitted by the Singapore government.

In the recent cabinet meeting, the State Government has decided to lay the foundation stone for the new capital on 6th of June. The Government has decided to select the master developer for the capital city through the Swiss Challenge method. The works, however, will acquire pace from Vijaya Dasami, the festival of victory.

To showcase the capital construction for future generations, the Government has planned to video-document the entire process of building of the mega city over the months and years till completion.

Ageless Amaravati

Amaravati. A name steeped in history. A name that conjures up the most glorious phase in the history of India, and of Telugus. Sai Papineni takes you on an exciting journey through time, to the beginnings, to the first stirrings of the historical process…

Anew capital needs a new name. A name that galvanizes the hopes and aspirations of the people. A name hat gives its every citizen, from the farthest corners of the state, a sense of ownership. A name that upholds e ultural ancestry and a name that is grand. It is no mean task to find one; however, we are fortunate to have ne such name which is steeped in our history. A name so completely interwoven into the cultural ethos of the state, that brings out the memories of a glorious past. A name that has taught half the world what civilization really means.

The name is Amaravati

The name conjures up the most glorious phase in the history of India when both material and cultural rosperity was at its peak. It was the capital of an empire, which was matched in extent only by the Romans, ut nmatched in its prosperity. Unlike Rome where the fruits of labor were enjoyed only by a few, here the ommon man – farmer, shepherd, artisan and the humble trader – reaped the benefits. They had built onuments unsurpassed in size and beauty and recorded their lives in plastic art and literature, for posterity. They had set new trends in fashion and lifestyle, patronized popular and plebian faiths, even invented new gods and rituals.

Who were they?

They were none other than our own forefathers, men and women of diverse faiths and professions and ackgrounds, who together called themselves Andhras, and Amaravati was their capital. It was not only the administrative center but the very cradle of their civilization. From the point of view of a historian, the arliest signs of the Iron Age in South India, the mainstay of civilization could be traced to this place. ‘The common illage folk who worship serpents and trees, even today, were the people who had carried on their shoulders he ways and means of the Iron Age civilization to the rest of peninsular India,’ they say. It’s a short journey through time, to the beginnings, where history began to take shape… The Beginnings – 500 BCE Archaeologists have found the characteristic polished black pottery of the Ganges region (NBP) at the deepest levels of Amaravati. This confirms the cultural links between Amaravati and the early historic civilization of he Indo Gangetic Plains. Today, a short distance from the river is a village called Vaḍḍamānu. The earliest tructures in the shape of a small stupa of the Jains were found here by archaeologists.

The name Vaḍḍamānu is a giveaway. With the coming of the Iron plough, the lower Krishna basin became a ice bowl. The place took a new name – Vaḍla Mānu – ‘Rice Stockpile’ (One may find its roots still hidden in words like Vaḍlu, Mānige, Māḷige, Maṇugu, Mānyam etc.). Amaravati became a magnet that attracted people from the neighboring countryside and far afield. Population grew. With the arrival of people from different laces, many new cultures – a combination of languages, faiths and merchandise – were added to the vibrant ixture. In due course, Vaḍlamānu was Sanskritized to Dhānyakaṭakam. Tibetan Buddhist records allude to these beginnings. The people of Amaravati were variously called as Nagas, Andhakas and Andhras in literature. By the Puranac age the name Andhras stuck, and the capital Amaravati became Andhranagari, the City of Andhras. Even as arly as the times of Mahavira and Buddha, the city had been an important destination. A medieval Jain text alled Avaśyaka Sūtra mentions that Vardhamāna Mahavira, the last Ford Maker of the Jainas visited the rishna valley. Buddhist tradition alludes to a visit of Gautama Buddha at Amaravati. These mentions push the ntiquity of Amaravati all the way to the 6th Century BCE and also place Amaravati at the focal point of civilization in South India By the times of Asoka, Amaravati was a burgeoning town. The famous Mahāchaitya of Amaravati was made a little more grandiose. But the true magnificence had to wait until the rise of the AndhraŚatavāhana kings.

Splendor – 230 BCE to 225 CE

Purāṇās say that Andhra kings ruled Magadha for 450 years. It was an allusion to the Śatavāhana Empire being the most dominant power in India uring that period. The Śatavāhanas ruled from many cities as the then political circumstances dictated. But heir capital – administrative, economic and spiritual – had always been Amaravati, variously called Śridhānya, Siritana, Dhanakaḍa, Thanakacheka and Dhānyakataka. This profusion of different names in literature and pigraphy only confirms the diversity of the people and the cultures that that city had hosted. In the words of autami Bālasri, mother of Śātakarni, the greatest of the Śātavahana rulers, the empire had extended way beyond the present.

Telugu speaking region and South India. No wonder, people of different languages and cultures lived in armony in this truly cosmopolitan city. An abundance of Roman coins were found at Amaravati – more than 000 in silver and gold. Smaller hoards were found spread across the length and breadth of the Telugu speaking region, proving the part played by Andhra entrepreneurs in Roman trade that had Dhānyakatakaas ts principal entrėpot. There is more to it, mercantile kingdoms promoted by the Andhra kings flourished eyond the seas, in Myanmar, the Malaysian Peninsula, Indonesia and Indo China. Old names of these ingdoms re Trilinga (Myanmar), Kaḷinga (Thailand), Andhara (Palembang in Java) and the most astounding of all, maravati for Vietnam and Laos. All the provincial capitals of this ‘Indo Chinese Amaravati’ were named after he ancient cities of the Krishna valley, viz. Kuddura, Pandara and Vijaya. These names and the cultural emnants of art and sculpture establish beyond doubt the enriching influence of the Andhras on South East sia. Wealth from all these lands contributed to making Amaravati one of the most prosperous cities of the world then.

To visualize the splendor of that metropolis, one must stand still on the banks of the Krishna, the life blood of the Telugu people, close ones eyes and listen to her… from her dark depths the images of our past will manifest themselves. Amaravati and its environs will come alive. Archaeological finds, literary allusions and representations of the city and its life in plastic art can only confirm those images.

The city stretched on the right bank for five Chinese li, that is around twelve kilometers by today’s reckoning. Buildings two to three floors high crowded the waterfront. A citadel with high walls stood at the far west. It as surrounded by orchards and a moat fed by the river. The king lived there. The administrative offices of various Nigamās and Gōṣtis were located on a straight north-south road called Mahāpatham. The road had led to Samprati Vihāra, a Jaina suburb, and probably beyond to the cantonments of standing armies. Another orth-south road called Tōraṇamāggamran parallel. It was the main commercial street lined by shops, leading rom the docks. The main dock was an engineering marvel – a deep channel was cut into the eastern side of he itadel lined with brick and stone to facilitate the entry of large ocean going vessels. We need not be surprised f Roman Triremes and Chinese Junks had made regular calls at this port. Greeks, Romans and Persians from he west and Chinese, Polynesians and Melanesians from across the eastern sea thronged the market street. ndhra craftsmen produced works of art in wood, metal and stone that adorned the stalls of Amaravati. Raw ilk imported from China was turned into drapes that embellished Roman homes. Exquisite muslins and alaṃkāri prints produced by Andhra weavers became a drain on Rome’s exchequer. These artisans and erchants became members of quasi legislative bodies called Nigama Sabhās and Gōṣtis that administered the ity and contributed greatly to skills development and education.

Lateral roads headed off from the main street into gated townships of these guilds of artisans. Residential homes were surrounded by compounds – many had gardens with walls or fences built around them. Affluent ouses were built of bricks and stone, while the smaller ones in wattle and daub. Many houses were attached o orkshops – of ironsmiths, potters, carpenters, weavers etc.. Based on the find locations of tools, furnaces and aterial remains at Amaravati, Dhūlikatta, Sātānikōta Nāgārjunikonda and other such contemporary sites, archaeologists concluded that different craftsmen lived n close communities – the germ of caste based society may be seen here.

These diverse people stood by different faiths that coexisted. The official religion of the kings was Bhāgavata- Puranic, an early form of Hinduism. Inscriptions of Śātavahana queens began with a praise of Vāsudēva and Saṃkarṣana. The earliest pictorial representations of Ganapati and Lakshmi were found in Amaravati art. Archaeologists found a layer of Jaina substratum at Vaḍḍamānu. But the most dominant faith of the times was Mahāyāna Buddhism. The city was flanked by two of the greatest centers of monastic learning – Pūrvaśaila nd Avaraśaila ārāmas. They were home to some of the celebrated teachers who spread the word to the arthest corners of the world including China. Mahāyāna became the most popular creed across the Telugu peaking region leaving an indelible impression on its language and culture. The Mahāchaitya of Amaravati ecame the focal landmark of the Andhras, praised and revered for a thousand years. The spiritual legacy of hose times still remains very much a part of the latter day Hinduism of Adi Śankara.

Legacy – 300 CE to Today

After 450 years of Śātavahana rule the empire disintegrated. In the west, the Roman Empire declined. Trade ceased. Urban occupations became less rewarding. But Dhānyakataka continued to be the symbol of rosperity, coveted by kings. Political power moved away from Amaravati to the peripheries of the Telugu egion. Pallavas of Dhānyakataka moved their capitals to Kanchi and Hemāvati, beyond the boundaries of resent day Andhra. In the east, Vāsistiputra Śivaśakti of Māṭarās moved his capital to the border of Odisha. onḍa Chuḷukis of Nāgārjunikonḍa rose to power in Western Deccan as Chaḷukyas with their capital at Bādāmi. he Telugu country had split into smaller political units. For an eternity, Telugu people never had a capital city o call their own, except for half a century when the Andhras were united under the Kākatīyas (with their rincipal feudatories, Kōta kings ruling from Dharaṇikōta).

Yet the spiritual legacy of Amaravati was kept alive. As late as the 14th Century, pilgrim monks from as far as Sri Lanka visited at the Mahāchaitya of Amaravati. Some kings also contributed to its upkeep. But by then Buddhism in India was on certain decline. With the rise of Shaivism Amaravati became Amarārāmam, the abode of Amareśwara an image of Siva. The original temple built by Chāḷukya Bhīma was later renewed by the eddy kings of Konḍavīdu. But by the 18th century the glory of Amaravati was almost forgotten. An insignificant event in 1796 brought Amaravati back into focus. With the establishment of the East India Company rule, a local zamindar, Rājah Vāsireddy Venkatādri Naidu moved his base to this village. It was he ho had discovered the ruins of the Mahāchaitya under a large earthen mound called Dīpāladinne.

The discovery led to dismembering

Antiquarians, civil servants and the so called archaeologists began unearthing the artistic masterpieces of Amaravati. As historians started piecing together the ancient glory of the Andhras, the remnants of their past were moved away to the power centers of the then British Raj. As Andhras for a thousand or more years had o capital city of their own, their cultural heritage moved to Madras and London. Even during the heyday of the ritish Raj, right thinking men like Henry Cole Jr, the then Conservator of Ancient Monuments in the 1880s, dvocated against moving the Amaravati sculptures away from home. His cries to preserve the local heritage in itu fell on deaf ears. Today, at last we shall have a new capital to call our own. It is laudable that the cabinet of the Government of Andhra Pradesh has decided to name it Amaravati, deservingly so. Now is the right time for us to make a nited effort to bring back our heritage to its rightful home.

Sai Papineni is a passionate and serious researcher of Telugu history and culture. His debut historical novel “Andhra  agari” depicts the glorious era of Telugus with Amaravati as capital in the 3rd Century B.C.E.

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Konaseema Nature Beauty

Having set a target of attracting private investments to the tune of Rs.10,000 crore in tourism sector over the next five years, the Andhra Pradesh Government is poised to transform the sylvan surroundings of Godavari region into a tourism hub for beckoning international tourists.

The idyllic Konaseema in Godavari districts is an oasis of enchanting beauty, peace and tranquility that has captured the imagination of Telugu writers, poets, playwrights and performers for long. Its magnificent landscape, artistic temples, lavish greenery, lustrous coconut grooves and fields have been staple settings for many a Telugu film. Surrounded by other beautiful locales like Papi Kondalu (Papikondalu), Kolleru Lake, Maredumilli Forest (Papikonda Wildlife Sanctuary), Mangrove (Mada) Forest (Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary), Konaseema region has great potential to be sought-after tourist destination. While it is a popular spot for picnics within the state, the beautiful locale has not been promoted for national and international tourists in the past. However, the Andhra Pradesh Tourism Department, shifting its focus towards attracting the international tourists, has taken the Kakinada-Hope Island-Konaseema tourism circuit project as its maiden venture in the new mission.

Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu, who has drawn plans to make Kakinada a potential Tourism hub, laid the foundation stone for Rs 70 crore tourism project, linking the Kakinada beach, Hope Island and the Konaseema area. Though the funds earmarked by the government for the tourism circuit project are Rs. 70 crore, the department is planning to make it a Rs. 300 crore project, by inviting bids from the private players under the Public Private Partnership mode. The Tourism Department is going to invite international bidders for preparing a Detailed Project Report (DPR) for the project being funded by the Union government under the ‘Swadeshi Darshan’ scheme.

“Our aim is to involve consultants of international repute in the making of the DPR. As they knew the taste of international tourists, the outcome will certainly be attracting the foreigners,” says Neerabh Kumar Prasad, Principal Secretary (tourism and culture) to the State government.However, this will be possible only when international tourists turn up in large numbers, which is not the case with AP at present. “In 2013, AP stood third in the domestic tourism sector. When it comes to international tourism, it is in the 19th place at the national level. The statistics clearly indicate that there is a lot to do here to attract the international tourists,” Neerabh Kumar Prasad points out.

New Tourism Policy

Despite some issues, Andhra Pradesh has the distinction of being a leading tourism destination in India and is presently, the third most visited State in terms of domestic tourism. In 2013, 152.1 million domestic tourists visited Andhra Pradesh, which was about 13.3% of the total domestic tourism market.

“The intrinsic potential of developing Tourism Infrastructure Projects and Services in Andhra Pradesh, when leveraged effectively and creatively, would make the State highly competitive and possibly, unmatched across other domestic and international destinations,” the new Tourism Policy says. Under the new policy, the State Government has set a target of attracting private investments to the tune of Rs 10,000 crore in tourism sector over the next five years, beginning with at least Rs 1,000 crore during 2015-16, besides targeting to generate 5 lakh jobs. The policy envisages contribution of seven per cent to GSDP by 2020, allotment of land on lease for 33 years and slew of incentives to promote PPP mode investments.

Under the new policy, unlike in the past when some of the major infrastructure projects in tourism sector used to be funded through AP Tourism Development Corporation (APTDC) or Government of India, the State government would act more like a facilitator and promote private investment in a big way. The policy promotes ease of doing business and the government is offering various incentives, including VAT related. The State’s Tourism Department has already identified Rs 18,000 crore worth of projects which include development of beach resorts along Vizag-Bheemili corridor, riverside resorts in the backwaters of the picturesque Konaseema, a ropeway project in each of the 13 districts, cruise/ small boat services and setting up of modern convention centres in each district.

CM Launching Industry Mission
CM Launching Industry Mission

Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, who is pitching AP as ‘Sunrise State’, has come up with an investment- friendly industrial policy aiming to attract Rs 12.5 lakh crore in the next 15 years.

It was Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, who in his earlier stint as the CM, swung the predominantly agrarian economy of Andhra Pradesh to a state with substantial industrial contribution. During the period

1993-94 to 2003-04, industrial contribution rose substantially in AP by 1.74 %. However, subsequently from 2003-04 to 2013-14, the state could not consolidate the gains made earlier and in fact lost momentum despite the golden opportunity presented by a vibrant economy and buoyant revenues. As a result the industry sector in the state decelerated and its share fell from 24.33% to 20.62%. Acutely aware of the importance of industry as an engine to propel growth and provide employment, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu is presently making a concerted effort to make the residuary state of Andhra Pradesh investor friendly. Towards this end, the Andhra Pradesh government has set an ambitious target of attracting investments worth Rs 12.5 lakh crore in the next 15 years. As part of this, it has unveiled the ‘Industry Mission 2015-20’.

Launching the mission along with the new single-desk clearance portal in Visakhapatnam recently, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu termed AP to be the best investment destination in the country. “The share of industrial sector output in the state GDP at present is about 21 per cent. We are targeting to increase this to 30 per cent by 2029,” the Chief Minister said, adding the state was looking at attracting investment worth Rs 2 lakh crore in the next five years and create one million jobs during the period. “Last fiscal, the country’s GDP grew 7.4 per cent while AP had achieved a growth rate of 8.4 per cent. Our target is to attain a sustainable double-digit growth starting this year,” he said. Assuring industrialists of all facilities like land, water, power and infrastructure, the CM listed out many initiatives, including acquiring one million acres for setting up industries, besides ensuring availability of water and power.

Given that recent surveys estimate India’s growth rate will surpass global superpowers like the United States, the Industry Mission of Andhra Pradesh will contribute to ‘Make in India’ initiative which will give a major thrust to the national as well as state’s economy.

Industrial development policy aims to increase the contribution of manufacturing in GSDP from 9.95% in 2013-14 to 15% by 2020, the Chief Minister said, adding further that it aims to increase the contribution of industries to GSDP from 20.7% in 2013-14 to 25% by 2020. The efforts of State Government have not gone unnoticed by the industry. “The situation is not the same anymore. The Andhra Pradesh government is pushing and Chandrababu Naidu is a good salesman,” said Rafeeque Ahmed, chairman, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Tamil Nadu. Japanese truck maker Isuzu, which had initially considered Chennai for a factory, recently invested $3,000 crore in Sri City. “The world is bullish about India and Andhra Pradesh in particular,” he said addressing a galaxy of industrialists from across the world, who came to attend the function and participate in an interactive session with him. The state is set to emerge very strong individually in the coming years as an industry-friendly policy has been formulated, which will be implemented in the right earnest, the Chief Minister said.

Expressing confidence over his Double Digit Growth agenda, the CM said, “Double digit growth is a realistic and achievable target for both the country and the State.” He said the State was rich in minerals and had a good working climate. “Visakhapatnam in particular is the major port city in the State and suitable for investment in all sectors. It will emerge as the economic capital of the state,” he said.

Land Allotment to Companies

On the occasion, the Chief Minister also handed over letters of allotment of land to four companies: Asian Paints for setting up a manufacturing unit in Visakhapatnam district with an investment of Rs. 1,300 crore; ONGC for laying a gas pipeline near Kakinada with an investment of Rs. 355 crore; Kribhco for setting up a fertiliser unit in Nellore district with an investment of Rs. 630 crore; and Kurlon for setting up a mattress unit in Chittoor district with an investment of Rs. 70 crore. MoUs worth 35,745 Cr Signed

The State Government also signed 46 MoUs with 46 companies from India as well as from countries like Japan, UAE, Canada, etc, attracting total investment worth Rs 35,745 crore during the event. These MoUs include investments in sectors such as petrochemicals, infrastructure, electronics, manufacturing, food processing, textile, automobiles, and others, thereby generating 72,210 new jobs in the state. As part of the MoUs signed, 48 units will be set up in the state, spanning across various districts. Among these, one company will set up three units. Among the units, 17 will come up in Chittoor district, six each in Kurnool and East Godavari, three in West Godavari, two each in Nellore, Kadapa, Anantapur, Visakhapatnam, Guntur and Krishna and one in Prakasam district. HP to set up refinery

Among the MoUs signed was that also with Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL), for investing nearly Rs 17,000 crore in setting up a 9 mmtpa refinery at its existing facility at Malkapuram in Vizag that currently has an 8.3 mmpta capacity refinery. HPCL director (refineries) BK Namdeo said the new facility would be used for producing motor spirits and diesel and that environment friendly technology will be used by HPCL to develop the refinery. He said the project will be completed within 42 months from the time environment clearance is issued by the Centre.

Auto Policy Unveiled

Naidu also unveiled the AP automobile and auto components policy, aiming for Rs 20,000 crore investments, as well as the biotechnology policy and textile policy gunning for investments worth Rs 6,000 crore each. As per the policy, the auto component companies will receive various incentives and concessions from the state government for promoting automotive manufacturing in Andhra Pradesh.

Isuzu makes use of new Auto Policy Isuzu Motors India Pvt Ltd, a subsidiary of Isuzu Motors, Japan, which is setting up its manufacturing plant at Sri City, signed an MoU with the state government to facilitate investment by its suppliers under the state’s Automobile and Auto Component policy 2015-20. Takashi Kikuchi, managing director, Isuzu MotorsIndia, inked the MoU with state government in the presence of Chief Minister Naidu. Seven auto component companies nominated by Isuzu Motors India also inked MoUs with the state government. Kikuchi said, “The Sri City-located facility would likely commence commercial operations by early 2016, with the initial production capacity at an annual 50,000 units. This would be scaled up to 120,000 units a year, with the accumulated investment of Rs 3,000 crore, and was expected to generate around 3,000 jobs.”

Japanese interest in Capital

After the launch of the AP government’s Industry Mission in Visakhapatnam, the CM headed to New Delhi for a bilateral meeting with Yoichi Miyazawa, Minister for Economic Trade and Industry, Japan. During the meeting, Miyazawa informed the Chief Minister that the Japanese ministry had conducted a preliminary study on Andhra Pradesh and identified certain areas of collaboration in the State, including capital city construction.

Investments flowing in

Due to the efforts of the Government during this one year, the State has been able to secure more than one lakh crore worth investments. While investments worth Rs 82,708 cr by large industries, creating a job potential for 4,24,408, were grounded, another Rs 19,000 cr was invested by MSME sector, creating 12,08,642 jobs after this Government took over. The State Investment Promotion Board approved 8 mega investment proposals with a total investment of Rs 25,286 cr. If the aggressive policies adopted by the State Government are anything to go by, it would be safe to say that the target of attracting Rs 2 lakh crore investments by 2020 would be easily crossed.

Godavari Maha Pushkaram 2015 Rituals

Godavari Pushkaram, a festival of River Godavari, which occurs once in 12 years, is all set be celebrated with great devotional fervour in Andhra Pradesh in the month of July. Incidentally, the last Pushkaram, which saw unprecedented attendance by devotees across the state and the country, was held under the same government in 2003.

The State Government is spending an estimated amount of Rs 1,470 crore for various works to serve the people who arrive in millions to the mega event in West and East Godavari districts. To commemorate the event, Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu released a logo for Godavari Maha Pushkarams.

The logo reflected the river in flow and a devotee offering prayers, depicting the relationship between the river and people, Dr Parakala Prabhakar, Communications Advisor, said.

The Chief Minister would be personally writing to the President, Prime Minister and Chief Ministers of all States inviting them to come and take a dip in the Godavari River during the auspicious period. State government is in talks with Discovery and National Geographic channels to make a documentary on Godavari Maha Pushkarams, capturing the spiritual and cultural celebrations associated with the mega event. The proposed documentary on the event seeks to capture the spiritual significance and the cultural celebrations and the way lives of people are entwined with the river for their well being.

An estimated 3.5 crore people from across the country and abroad are expected to be there for a dip in the river waters during the auspicious period from July 14 to 25.Government believes the occasion will also be the time to showcase the culture, art forms- folk, classical and traditional music and dance forms of the State. Also on offer during the event will be the cuisine of 13 districts and diverse varieties of flowers. For the first time, ‘Godavari Shobha Yatra’ would be promoted as an annual event on the lines of Ganges.

Construction of 241 ghats out of the 264 proposed has been completed while building roads, power supply works and other preparations are underway.

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I find your lack of faith disturbing. A tremor in the Force. The last time I felt it was in the presence of my old master. Hey, Luke! May the Force be with you. Red Five standing by. Red Five standing by. Your eyes can deceive you. Don’t trust them.

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Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster at your side, kid. I find your lack of faith disturbing. The more you tighten your grip, Tarkin, the more star systems will slip through your fingers. As you wish.

The more you tighten your grip, Tarkin, the more star systems will slip through your fingers. In my experience, there is no such thing as luck. Red Five standing by.

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I need your help, Luke. She needs your help. I’m getting too old for this sort of thing. Oh God, my uncle. How am I ever gonna explain this? As you wish. Escape is not his plan. I must face him, alone. You mean it controls your actions?

Remember, a Jedi can feel the Force flowing through him. The plans you refer to will soon be back in our hands. Ye-ha! The plans you refer to will soon be back in our hands.

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Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster at your side, kid. I find your lack of faith disturbing.

The more you tighten your grip, Tarkin, the more star systems will slip through your fingers. As you wish.

Remember, a Jedi can feel the Force flowing through him. The plans you refer to will soon be back in our hands. Ye-ha! The plans you refer to will soon be back in our hands.

The more you tighten your grip, Tarkin, the more star systems will slip through your fingers. In my experience, there is no such thing as luck. Red Five standing by.

I need your help, Luke. She needs your help. I’m getting too old for this sort of thing. Oh God, my uncle.

A tremor in the Force. The last time I felt it was in the presence of my old master. I have traced the Rebel spies to her. Now she is my only link to finding their secret base. Remember, a Jedi can feel the Force flowing through him.

I need your help, Luke. She needs your help. I’m getting too old for this sort of thing. Red Five standing by. Don’t be too proud of this technological terror you’ve constructed. The ability to destroy a planet is insignificant next to the power of the Force. The plans you refer to will soon be back in our hands. The plans you refer to will soon be back in our hands.

All right. Well, take care of yourself, Han. I guess that’s what you’re best at, ain’t it? A tremor in the Force. The last time I felt it was in the presence of my old master. I have traced the Rebel spies to her. Now she is my only link to finding their secret base. A tremor in the Force. The last time I felt it was in the presence of my old master.

Remember, a Jedi can feel the Force flowing through him. I can’t get involved! I’ve got work to do! It’s not that I like the Empire, I hate it, but there’s nothing I can do about it right now. It’s such a long way from here. I call it luck. You are a part of the Rebel Alliance and a traitor! Take her away!

Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster at your side, kid. I find your lack of faith disturbing. The more you tighten your grip, Tarkin, the more star systems will slip through your fingers. As you wish.

The more you tighten your grip, Tarkin, the more star systems will slip through your fingers. In my experience, there is no such thing as luck. Red Five standing by.

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You are a part of the Rebel Alliance and a traitor! Take her away! Red Five standing by. All right. Well, take care of yourself, Han. I guess that’s what you’re best at, ain’t it? Alderaan? I’m not going to Alderaan. I’ve got to go home. It’s late, I’m in for it as it is.

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You are a part of the Rebel Alliance and a traitor! Take her away! Still, she’s got a lot of spirit. I don’t know, what do you think? A tremor in the Force. The last time I felt it was in the presence of my old master.Escape is not his plan. I must face him, alone. Oh God, my uncle. How am I ever gonna explain this? I find your lack of faith disturbing.

Still, she’s got a lot of spirit. I don’t know, what do you think? In my experience, there is no such thing as luck.

Oh God, my uncle. How am I ever gonna explain this? Hey, Luke! May the Force be with you. I find your lack of faith disturbing.

All right. Well, take care yourself. I guess that’s what you’re best, presence old master? A tremor in the Force. The last time felt it was in the presence of my old master. I have traced the Rebel spies to her. Now she is my only link to finding their secret base. A tremor in the Force. The last time I felt it was in the presence of my old master.

Remember, a Jedi can feel the Force flowing through him. I can’t get involved! I’ve got work to do! It’s not that I like the Empire, I hate it, but there’s nothing I can do about it right now. It’s such a long way from here. I call it luck. You are a part of the Rebel Alliance and a traitor! Take her away!

Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.

The plans you refer to will soon be back in our hands. The plans you refer to will soon be back in our hands. Leave that to me. Send a distress signal, and inform the Senate that all on board were killed. Red Five standing by.

I find your lack of faith disturbing. A tremor in the Force. The last time I felt it was in the presence of my old master. Hey, Luke! May the Force be with you. Red Five standing by. Red Five standing by. Your eyes can deceive you. Don’t trust them.

The new concept spyder

Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster at your side, kid. I find your lack of faith disturbing. The more you tighten your grip, Tarkin, the more star systems will slip through your fingers. As you wish.

The more you tighten your grip, Tarkin, the more star systems will slip through your fingers. In my experience, there is no such thing as luck. Red Five standing by.

Thanks for looking at our theme.

I need your help, Luke. She needs your help. I’m getting too old for this sort of thing. Oh God, my uncle. How am I ever gonna explain this? As you wish. Escape is not his plan. I must face him, alone. You mean it controls your actions?

Remember, a Jedi can feel the Force flowing through him. The plans you refer to will soon be back in our hands. Ye-ha! The plans you refer to will soon be back in our hands.

Photoshoot portrait outdoor

Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster at your side, kid. I find your lack of faith disturbing.

The more you tighten your grip, Tarkin, the more star systems will slip through your fingers. As you wish.

Remember, a Jedi can feel the Force flowing through him. The plans you refer to will soon be back in our hands. Ye-ha! The plans you refer to will soon be back in our hands.

The more you tighten your grip, Tarkin, the more star systems will slip through your fingers. In my experience, there is no such thing as luck. Red Five standing by.

I need your help, Luke. She needs your help. I’m getting too old for this sort of thing. Oh God, my uncle.

A tremor in the Force. The last time I felt it was in the presence of my old master. I have traced the Rebel spies to her. Now she is my only link to finding their secret base. Remember, a Jedi can feel the Force flowing through him.

I need your help, Luke. She needs your help. I’m getting too old for this sort of thing. Red Five standing by. Don’t be too proud of this technological terror you’ve constructed. The ability to destroy a planet is insignificant next to the power of the Force. The plans you refer to will soon be back in our hands. The plans you refer to will soon be back in our hands.

All right. Well, take care of yourself, Han. I guess that’s what you’re best at, ain’t it? A tremor in the Force. The last time I felt it was in the presence of my old master. I have traced the Rebel spies to her. Now she is my only link to finding their secret base. A tremor in the Force. The last time I felt it was in the presence of my old master.

Remember, a Jedi can feel the Force flowing through him. I can’t get involved! I’ve got work to do! It’s not that I like the Empire, I hate it, but there’s nothing I can do about it right now. It’s such a long way from here. I call it luck. You are a part of the Rebel Alliance and a traitor! Take her away!

Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster at your side, kid. I find your lack of faith disturbing. The more you tighten your grip, Tarkin, the more star systems will slip through your fingers. As you wish.

The more you tighten your grip, Tarkin, the more star systems will slip through your fingers. In my experience, there is no such thing as luck. Red Five standing by.

New iPhone 6 arrived today

You are a part of the Rebel Alliance and a traitor! Take her away! Red Five standing by. All right. Well, take care of yourself, Han. I guess that’s what you’re best at, ain’t it? Alderaan? I’m not going to Alderaan. I’ve got to go home. It’s late, I’m in for it as it is.

Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.

Just going down the street

You are a part of the Rebel Alliance and a traitor! Take her away! Still, she’s got a lot of spirit. I don’t know, what do you think? A tremor in the Force. The last time I felt it was in the presence of my old master.Escape is not his plan. I must face him, alone. Oh God, my uncle. How am I ever gonna explain this? I find your lack of faith disturbing.

Still, she’s got a lot of spirit. I don’t know, what do you think? In my experience, there is no such thing as luck.

Oh God, my uncle. How am I ever gonna explain this? Hey, Luke! May the Force be with you. I find your lack of faith disturbing.

Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, who is pitching AP as ‘Sunrise State’, has come up with an investment-friendly industrial policy aiming to attract Rs 12.5 lakh crore in the next 15 years.

It was Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, who in his earlier stint as the CM, swung the predominantly agrarian economy of Andhra Pradesh to a state with substantial industrial contribution. During the period 1993-94 to 2003-04, industrial contribution rose substantially in AP by 1.74 %. However, subsequently from 2003-04 to 2013-14, the state could not consolidate the gains made earlier and in fact lost momentum despite the golden opportunity presented by a vibrant economy and buoyant revenues. As a result the industry sector in the state decelerated and its share fell from 24.33% to 20.62%.

Acutely aware of the importance of industry as an engine to propel growth and provide employment, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu is presently making a concerted effort to make the residuary state of Andhra Pradesh investor friendly.

Towards this end, the Andhra Pradesh government has set an ambitious target of attracting investments worth Rs 12.5 lakh crore in the next 15 years. As part of this, it has unveiled the ‘Industry Mission 2015-20’.
Launching the mission along with the new single-desk clearance portal in Visakhapatnam recently, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu termed AP to be the best investment destination in the country.

“The share of industrial sector output in the state GDP at present is about 21 per cent. We are targeting to increase this to 30 per cent by 2029,” the Chief Minister said, adding the state was looking at attracting investment worth Rs 2 lakh crore in the next five years and create one million jobs during the period.
“Last fiscal, the country’s GDP grew 7.4 per cent while AP had achieved a growth rate of 8.4 per cent. Our target is to attain a sustainable double-digit growth starting this year,” he said.

Assuring industrialists of all facilities like land, water, power and infrastructure, the CM listed out many initiatives, including acquiring one million acres for setting up industries, besides ensuring availability of water and power.

Given that recent surveys estimate India’s growth rate will surpass global superpowers like the United States, the Industry Mission of Andhra Pradesh will contribute to ‘Make in India’ initiative which will give a major thrust to the national as well as state’s economy.

Industrial development policy aims to increase the contribution of manufacturing in GSDP from 9.95% in 2013-14 to 15% by 2020, the Chief Minister said, adding further that it aims to increase the contribution of industries to GSDP from 20.7% in 2013-14 to 25% by 2020.

The efforts of State Government have not gone unnoticed by the industry. “The situation is not the same anymore. The Andhra Pradesh government is pushing and Chandrababu Naidu is a good salesman,” said Rafeeque Ahmed, chairman, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Tamil Nadu. Japanese truck maker Isuzu, which had initially considered Chennai for a factory, recently invested $3,000 crore in Sri City.

“The world is bullish about India and Andhra Pradesh in particular,” he said addressing a galaxy of industrialists from across the world, who came to attend the function and participate in an interactive session with him. The state is set to emerge very strong individually in the coming years as an industry-friendly policy has been formulated, which will be implemented in the right earnest, the Chief Minister said.

Expressing confidence over his Double Digit Growth agenda, the CM said, “Double digit growth is a realistic and achievable target for both the country and the State.” He said the State was rich in minerals and had a good working climate. “Visakhapatnam in particular is the major port city in the State and suitable for investment in all sectors. It will emerge as the economic capital of the state,” he said.

Land Allotment to Companies
On the occasion, the Chief Minister also handed over letters of allotment of land to four companies: Asian Paints for setting up a manufacturing unit in Visakhapatnam district with an investment of Rs. 1,300 crore; ONGC for laying a gas pipeline near Kakinada with an investment of Rs. 355 crore; Kribhco for setting up a fertiliser unit in Nellore district with an investment of Rs. 630 crore; and Kurlon for setting up a mattress unit in Chittoor district with an investment of Rs. 70 crore.

MoUs worth 35,745 Cr Signed
The State Government also signed 46 MoUs with 46 companies from India as well as from countries like Japan, UAE, Canada, etc, attracting total investment worth Rs 35,745 crore during the event. These MoUs include investments in sectors such as petrochemicals, infrastructure, electronics, manufacturing, food processing, textile, automobiles, and others, thereby generating 72,210 new jobs in the state. As part of the MoUs signed, 48 units will be set up in the state, spanning across various districts. Among these, one company will set up three units. Among the units, 17 will come up in Chittoor district, six each in Kurnool and East Godavari, three in West Godavari, two each in Nellore, Kadapa, Anantapur, Visakhapatnam, Guntur and Krishna and one in Prakasam district.
HP to set up refinery
Among the MoUs signed was that also with Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL), for investing nearly Rs 17,000 crore in setting up a 9 mmtpa refinery at its existing facility at Malkapuram in Vizag that currently has an 8.3 mmpta capacity refinery. HPCL director (refineries) BK Namdeo said the new facility would be used for producing motor spirits and diesel and that environment friendly technology will be used by HPCL to develop the refinery. He said the project will be completed within 42 months from the time environment clearance is issued by the Centre.

Auto Policy Unveiled
Naidu also unveiled the AP automobile and auto components policy, aiming for Rs 20,000 crore investments, as well as the biotechnology policy and textile policy gunning for investments worth Rs 6,000 crore each. As per the policy, the auto component companies will receive various incentives and concessions from the state government for promoting automotive manufacturing in Andhra Pradesh.

Isuzu makes use of new Auto Policy
Isuzu Motors India Pvt Ltd, a subsidiary of Isuzu Motors, Japan, which is setting up its manufacturing plant at Sri City, signed an MoU with the state government to facilitate investment by its suppliers under the state’s Automobile and Auto Component policy 2015-20. Takashi Kikuchi, managing director, Isuzu Motors India, inked the MoU with state government in the presence of Chief Minister Naidu. Seven auto component companies nominated by Isuzu Motors India also inked MoUs with the state government. Kikuchi said, “The Sri City-located facility would likely commence commercial operations by early 2016, with the initial production capacity at an annual 50,000 units. This would be scaled up to 120,000 units a year, with the accumulated investment of Rs 3,000 crore, and was expected to generate around 3,000 jobs.”

Japanese interest in capital
After the launch of the AP government’s Industry Mission in Visakhapatnam, the CM headed to New Delhi for a bilateral meeting with Yoichi Miyazawa, Minister for Economic Trade and Industry, Japan. During the meeting, Miyazawa informed the Chief Minister that the Japanese ministry had conducted a preliminary study on Andhra Pradesh and identified certain areas of collaboration in the State, including capital city construction.

Investments flowing in
Due to the efforts of the Government during this one year, the State has been able to secure more than one lakh crore worth investments. While investments worth Rs 82,708 cr by large industries, creating a job potential for 4,24,408, were grounded, another Rs 19,000 cr was invested by MSME sector, creating 12,08,642 jobs after this Government took over. The State Investment Promotion Board approved 8 mega investment proposals with a total investment of Rs 25,286 cr. If the aggressive policies adopted by the State Government are anything to go by, it would be safe to say that the target of attracting Rs 2 lakh crore investments by 2020 would be easily crossed.

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