Naidu announces Amaravati as Andhra’s new capital
HYDERABAD: Amaravati will be the name
of the new capital city of Andhra Pradesh, chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu
announced on Wednesday. He told reporters after a cabinet meeting that it was
unanimously decided to name the new capital Amaravati.
The new capital is being built in
Vijayawada-Guntur region and Amaravati, the ancient town on the banks of the
Krishna River, is part of the region.
According to sources, Naidu finalised
Amaravati as the name of his upcoming capital on the rationale that in one
stroke, a new modern capital can be linked to history dating back to at least
2000 years when the small town of Amaravati, which is about 32 km away from the
core capital region, was a major Buddhist centre.
Naidu said the new capital would have
the strength of both the 'vaastu' and auspicious name.
Naidu, who also briefed the cabinet
about his visit to Singapore, said Singapore had come forward to build the
capital. He said the master plan for the first phase of the capital would be
ready by May 15.
The chief minister announced that the
new capital would be linked with radial roads. He said a 200-km-long ring road
will be built connecting the new capital with Vijayawada and Guntur.
Since Amaravati is also associated
with Telugu heritage dating back to the Satavahana kingdom, Naidu felt that it
would be the most appropriate name for the AP capital. It was also felt that
the name Amaravati will elevate the status of the new capital and will be
embraced by all Telugus, whether they are in Andhra, Telangana, elsewhere in
India, or abroad.
The sources said many in the
government and the TDP had suggested that the capital be named after NTR, but
Naidu had shot it down.