Andhra Pradesh Magazine English June 2016 - Page 11

Two Years of Accomplishments I During these last two years, the Chief Minister dreamed, conceived, visualised and commenced execution of the capital city Amaravati with great passion and ambition, unmindful of obstacles of all sorts. with Andhra Pradesh in its endeavour. of pride for the people of AP and India. Amaravati has now become the symbol of the newly resurgent Andhra Pradesh. With a 2,000-year history, Amaravati resonates the glorious past of the Telugus. But the CM is not one to rest on the splendours of the past, as he meticulously set out to create a people’s capital that synthesises the ancient symbolism with a contemporay metropolis. The spectacular event was attended by lakhs of enthusiastic people from across the state and beyond. A day eariler, the Chief Minister flew over the core area of the capital in a helicopter and sprinkled holy water and soil brought from 16,000 villages across the State. Naidu had flown in soil from the holy sites of Jerusalem and Mecca, sprinkled the site with holy water from the Ganga and Godavari, and gone to great lengths to seek blessings from people across the State and the rest of the country. Maki and Associates, a worldrenowned Japanese architecture firm, is in the process of designing two iconic buildings - State Assembly and High Court - for the capital. Once the name and place for the capital city was decided, the CM went about planning the capital city in right earnest. Singapore, which was entrusted with the responsibilty of drawing up masterplan for a world class capital city, submitted its draft soon after. The capital region has been designed to cater for an 11.5 million population, with a provision for 3.3 million jobs by 2035, while the core capital area, spreading 16.9 sq km, will meet the requirements of four million people, creating close to 1.8 million jobs by 2050. t was a masterstroke in branding as Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu set out to give a world class city to the Telugus by reviving the historic Amaravati. The first brick of the ‘People’s Capital’ of Andhra Pradesh was symbolically put in place by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Vijayadasami (October 22) when he laid the foundation for Amaravati on the banks of the Krishna between Vijayawada and Guntur. On that afternoon, the newly formed state of Andhra Pradesh heralded the beginnings of its newest capital city, Amaravati. In his speech, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, referring to his gift of soil and water from the precincts of Parliament and River Yamuna in Delhi, said this endowment signified that the entire Indian nation stood with the people of Andhra Pradesh in building Amaravati and, in accordance, Delhi would stand shoulder to shoulder JUNE 2016 Pictures of the planned Amaravati Government Core, Downtown, Gateway, Waterfront and the Road Networks prepared by the Singapore team have already mesmerised the people at large. Amaravati will be the fifth planned capital city in India. The city, the first phase of which is expected to be completed by 2018, will boast of both modern te