Foundation is being laid by Hon’ble PM at 12.45 PM on 22nd October, 2015 on Vijayadasami for A.P.’s new capital Amaravati It is decided by the Government to hold week long celebrations by involving the people of the whole State. As part of the these celebrations, the following activities are planned.
1.Praja Rajadhani –– Mana neeru- Mana Matti: This programme has to be made a festive occasion with the following schedule.
• 13th, 14th and 15th October – Collect Matti (soil) in cloth bags and clean water in copper kalasams village wise/ Municipal ward wise and keep in GP/Municipal ward Office(.)
• 16th October: Gather all soil bags and copper kalasams at mandal headquarters/ Municipal office
• 17th October: Soil bags and Kalasams to be taken in colourful processions so as to reach Assembly constituency headquarter towns in a convoy.
• 18th October:Start for Amaravati. Affix a banner with the following Headlines
Mana Rajadhani Amaravati – Mana Neeru – Mana Matti District
• All vehicles from all constituency Headquarters will join at District Headquarters or at District border and move together on 18th or 19th morning (as per the distance) and reach Nagarjuna University
in a convoy by 5 PM on 19th October.
• 20th October: Hon’ble CM flags off the convoy to Amaravati.
• 21st October: Earth and water is mixed with holy waters from all major rivers of India and kept at a place to be used during Foundation Laying Ceremony and also later for the construction of various public buildings in Amaravati.
2, At the village level the following items are required to be collected
• 1 kg soil in ‘pasupu’ cloth bag
• ¼ litre of water in copper vessel
• Amaravati – Praja Rajadhani Nirmana SankalpaPatram Every Village will send a Sankalpa Patram along with water and soil to Amaravati. The Format in which the Sankalpa Patram has to be sent is given in Annexure.I (enclosed) Village Secretary of Gram Panchayat will coordinate at village level and concerned Municipal
ward officers will organise at Ward level.
Pitched as a world-class riverfront capital city, Amaravati will be an energy-efficient and green city with concentration on industrial hubs. Here is a look at the layout plans of the new capital and its rich history:
Hoary past: In Indian mythology, Amaravati is the capital of the celestial beings. Historically, it was the capital of Satavahanas, the first great Andhra kings who ruled from the 2nd century BCE to the 3rd century CE after the downfall of the Maurya Empire. Located in Guntur district on the banks of Krishna river,it is also known as Punyakshetra or Amareswaram
Rich in Culture: The city’s heritage includes the famous Amareswara temple (dedicated to Lord Siva, present in the form of a 15-foot-tall, white-marble Siva lingam), Mahachaitya (The Great Stupa, built around the 2nd century, with intricate carvings that depict the life and teachings of Lord Buddha) and Buddhist sculptures and slabs with Buddhist inscriptions.
Mega project: Preliminary proposals were to construct 20-storeyed towers to house families of about 15,000 to 20,000 employees. The cost of mega project is estimated at about Rs.2,600 crore. Of this 80 per cent would be the share of HUDCO and State government would bear 20 per cent.
Heritage development: Amaravathi is among 12 cities selected for implementation of the Heritage Development and Augmentation Yojana in the first phase.
Joint capital: Hyderabad will remain the joint capital of AP and Telangana for 10 more years till Amaravati is ready. The design suggests that the proposed greenfield capital will have an extensive road network, covering over 1,000 kms
Tourism: With Amaravati being a key constituent in the Buddhist circuit, a 250-km religious tourism circuit has been incorporated into the core capital region.
The region between Krishna and Godavari rivers (where Amaravati lies) was an important place for Buddhism from the 2nd century BCE onwards. A Buddhist stupa was built during the reign of Ashoka in 200 BCE, was carved with panels that tell the story of Buddha. The story of the sculpture, including their discovery, misuse and destruction and subsequent preservation & distribution to various museums (Chennai, Calcutta, London, Masulipatnam etc.) has been poignantly described by Shimada. During the period of the decline of Buddhism, this stupa was neglected and was buried under rubble. A 14th-century inscription in Sri Lanka mentions repairs made to the stupa, and after that it was forgotten. The stupa is related to the Vajrayana teachings of Kalachakra, still practiced today in Tibetan Buddhism. Dalai Lama of Tibet conducted a Kalachakra initiation at this location in 2006.
Since it is close to Vijayawada and Guntur, connectivity is not a problem. Plenty of water is available from the river Krishna for the capital city and its residents, and the government plans to revive decades-old waterways and canals linking the capital with many towns in the Krishna delta.