Andhra Pradesh is going to get its new capital - Amaravati. The capital area, situated on the banks of Krishna River is to be developed between two main cities - Vijayawada and Guntur in the central Andhra Pradesh.
Amid much ordeal, the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently laid the foundation stone for Amravati and the state Assembly building is slated to come up at the place where the PM laid the foundation stone. “Amaravati will be focal point for Andhra’s progress and prosperity”, says PM Modi, while laying the foundation stone.
Chandrababu Naidu, Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, promised that the new capital city will be among the world’s best city. He said that a master plan with the Singapore government was already in place. The master plan has been designed by experts from Singapore with suggestions and alterations from the chief minister, himself.
Mr. Naidu stated that building of the new capital will begin with the construction of the state legislature, the secretariat (or headquarters of the government), and a high court. Government sources also disclosed that construction of two major expressways and other multi-lane highways are also proposed in order to provide connectivity with important towns and ports including Vizag, Hyderabad, and Bangalore. Mr Naidu also foresees an international and domestic airport in the new capital region.
In 2014, Telangana was separated from Andhra Pradesh. Hyderabad, the IT hub had been nominated as a shared capital between the two states till 2024, post which Hyderabad will solely be Telangana’s capital.
As per the central Government estimates, the state pot bifurcation requires about Rs. 20,000 crores to build the new capital. However, it is already reeling under a fiscal deficit of Rs. 18,000 crores. The central government meanwhile has only been able to sanction Rs.1,500 crores so far. The state government through its schemes such as My Brick – My Amaravati is trying to raise funds from the general public and also the NRIs and is inviting them to be part of construction of the city. The scheme has seen some success.