PM to lay stone for new Andhra capital on ‘Vijaya Dashami’ day

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An aerial view of the Vijayawada-Guntur region where Amaravati - the historical Buddhist site along the Krishna River - is located.

An aerial view of the Vijayawada-Guntur region where Amaravathi – the historical Buddhist site along the Krishna River – is located.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lay the foundation stone for Andhra Pradesh’s new capital city Amaravathi coming up in Vijayawada region on the auspicious day of ‘Vijaya Dashami’ on October 22.

Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh N Chandrababu Naidu has invited many central and state ministers to take part in the ceremony. Naidu has also invited prime ministers of Singapore and Japan for the ceremony.

Singapore has prepared the master plans for the three-layered capital – seed capital, capital city and capital region. The State Government, apart from raising administrative buildings, would make efforts to establish hubs of activity in areas like health, education, sports, legal and also entertainment, to facilitate vibrant economic activity.

As per the latest schedule, Modi will reach Gannavaram airport near Vijayawada by a special aircraft at 11.45 am. PM Modi will arrive at Uddandarayunipalem in Thullur mandal of Guntur district at 12.30 PM and leave the place at 1.45 PM. He will spend nearly 75 minutes at the venue.

The Chief Minister has directed the officials to ensure that all the pots in which the soil from 16,000 villages is placed in a space which will retain the holiness with which they have been brought to the venue.

The event will also have a special performance called ‘Raithu Vandanam’ thanking the farmers for their contribution to the Capital. The soil brought from all the manuals could be mixed with Amaravathi soil to establish an emotional connection.

After the foundation stone ceremony, PM will return to Gannavaram airport at 3.05 PM and from there he will fly to Tirupati. He will land at Renigunta airport at 4.00 PM and will reach the temple town by road.

Meanwhile, the terminal building of the international airport at the temple city of Tirupati is all set for inauguration by the Prime Minister. The new airport terminal is constructed at a cost of Rs 175 crore. The terminal, developed over an area of 16,500 square metre, can handle 700 passengers a day, while the parking lot can accommodate 300 cars.

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