Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone for Andhra Pradesh’s new capital, Amaravati in Guntur district at a grand event. The guest list comprised of several union ministers, Telangana’s chief minister, K Chandrashekhar Rao and top-notch industrialist from across the nation. Setting aside the hostility in their relations owing to the cash-for-vote-scam, Mr. Chandraprabhu Naidu met his Telangana counterpart and invited him for the event.
The function was held in the village of Uddandarayunipalem along the banks of the river Krishna. The PM spent around 90 minutes in the function, wherein he performed the “shila nyas”, for the new capital of Andhra Pradesh.
Amaravati was once the caital of Satavahana rulers. Mr. Chandraprabhu has said that he wants Amaravati to be a “people’s capital”, a “destination of opportunities” and a “city of the future”. Reportedly, soil and water from 16,000 villages across the state and from important pilgrimage centres all over the country was brought to the capital region to be used in it’s construction. A day before the event, the soil was sprinkled all over the area where the capital is slated to be constructed. Hundreds of Kuchipudi dancers performed during the inauguration ceremony.
In order to ensure the support of the people for Amaravati, the CM and his family members took to the social media and urged people to take a selfie with the hashtags #ManaAmaravatiManaRajadhani. Just hours prior to the inauguration, the hashtag was a popular trending topic on social sites.
Mr. Chndraprabhu Naidu had urged citizens of the state to purchase e-bricks for Rs. 10 each for the new capital Amravati. Within a day of the launch of the website, “My Brick My Amravati”, nearly four lakh e-bricks were bought.