Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lay the foundation stone for Amaravati, the new capital of Andhra Pradesh, on October 22. For the ceremony, Andhra Pradesh government is busy making grand arrangements for the historic day amidst continuing protest from oppositions and farmers.
Around 8,500 policemen have been deployed to control law and order situation for the event. The foundation stone would be laid at Uddandarayunipalem village in Guntur district on the ‘Vijaya Dasami’ day on October 22.
According to an official release, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, on Monday, held a review with senior officials on the arrangements for the event, which is likely to see a few lakh people attending.
Launching the website “My Brick My Amaravati” earlier, Andhra Pradesh CM Chandrababu Naidu had urged public to buy “e-bricks” at Rs 10 for the new capital. I invite you to join me in building our Praja Rajadhani Amaravati brick by brick, Naidu appealed.
According to reports, nearly four lakh “e-bricks” have been sold through the website in the first 24 hours, and 20 lakh bricks within few days. Amaravati was the historical capital of the Satavahana dynasty in second century AD.
Naidu had said, “Farmers have “voluntarily” parted with 33,000 acres of land for the new capital in the biggest land pooling exercise. Activists and rival parties have accused the government of taking over fertile lands by force. Some farmers have also gone to court.” The new Amaravati will be a people’s capital, a destination of opportunities and a city of the future, he said.