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AP Govt invites Pawan Kalyan for Amaravati ceremony


The Andhra Pradesh minister who tried to invite Jagan on Friday went to Powerstar Pawan Kalyan to present him with the invitation card on Saturday. Ministers Ayanna Patrudu and Kamineni Srinivas went to Ramanaidu studios in Nanakramguda where the actor is shooting for his upcoming film ‘Sardaar Gabbar Singh’.

Ministers presented him the invitation card and asked him to attend the foundation laying ceremony for Amaravati on October 22.

However, according to sources, the actor reportedly stated that as he is busy with shooting, he might not able to attend the event though he wanted to be part of it. He extended his good wishes to the people of Andhra Pradesh.

It is also reported that the personal security of the actor have not allowed the media to enter the shooting premises. They have also assaulted the camera persons, sources added.

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CM launches ” My Amaravati, My Brick”


Chief minister Chandrababu Naidu today inaugurated the ‘payment gateway’ for the Amaravti capital city. Chief minister Naidu, whose plan to is make capital building a participatory project, has designed the ” Amaravati Brick’. He wants every Telugu man to become a partner in the construction of Amaravati by donating at least a brick or the money worth the brick. Those who want to donate a brick can donate the money worth the brick online through the payment gateway. In a review meeting held with Amaravati foundation laying ceremony management committee, the chief minister inaugurated the Amaravati Brick and payment gateway today. He named the program as ” My Amaravati, My Brick”.

In the system, donors can buy a brick by paying Rs 10 and get their name registered on it. The names of the brick donors will remain permanently in the data base of CRDA. All the donors will receive a receipt from the chief minister with his signature. The details are available at http://amaravati.gov.in/.

The campaign received tremendous response. According chief minister’s office, Srinivas Valluri purchased 108 bricks while the inauguration program was still going on. Similarly, CRDA employees purchased 108 bricks each and remitted a day’s salary Rs 5,22,000 towards price of the bricks.

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Jagan will be invited for Amaravati foundation laying ceremony: Babu


We all know that the Andhra Pradesh government have already decided to send invitations of Amaravati foundation laying ceremony to the chief ministers of all the states. However, the CM personally inviting few of his counterparts. Andhra Pradesh chief minister Chandrababu Naidu visited New Delhi on Wednesday for a day’s tour.

Speaking to media persons, Babu confirmed that the state government wold invite Telangana CM KCR, YSRCP chief Jaganmohan Reddy and Congress president Sonia Gandhi because we want everyone’s blessings as it is a new capital. However, sources say that Babu will personally invite KCR whereas government representatives will be sent to invite Jaganmohan Reddy.

During the day, he met Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and invited him to the ceremony. Reacting to his invitation, the AAP leader confirmed that he would definitely try to make it to the event. Babu who is also the chairman of NITI Aayog’s sub-committee of chief ministers on Swachh Bharat had submitted their report to Prime minister Narendra Modi. Later he present the PM with the invitation of Amaravati foundation laying ceremony. It is to be mentioned that PM’s visit to this historical event on October 22 was already confirmed.

Later in the evening, he met Union minister like Arun Jaitley, Rajnath Singh and few others to personally invite them to the capital ceremony. The celebrations for the new capital of Andhra Pradesh, Amaravati, have already began on October 13 and wil continue till October 22.

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Amaravati’s itinerary comes to final stage


The Andhra Pradesh government is giving its final draft to all the arrangements for laying of foundation stone ceremony of new capital Amaravati. The event is going to be a grand affair with different cultural programmes, huge rituals to be performed in the presence of Prime Minister Modi and other national and international personalities.

The AP chief minister Chandrababu Naidu who is monitoring all the arrangements by himself has held a meeting with CRDA officials on Tuesday evening. During this meeting, it was decided that in all there will be three stages which includes one main stage which is accommodated to only 15 members including the PM, the chief minister and few VVIPs.

The second stage will be occupied by foreign ambassadors, lawyers, industrialists and few other celebrities. While the last stage will be accomadated to MPs, MLAs and MLCs. Supreme court chief justice and High court chief justice will be gracing this historical event. Popular actor and dubbing artist Sai Kumar will be hosting this programme. Cultural and folk artists including Drums Sivamani and Kuchibotla Anand will be performing on the occasion.

A massive set for displaying Purna Kalasas carrying mud and water will also be erected.

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Colorful beginning of “Mana Amaravati” in Puttaparthy


As per the call given by chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu, the program, ” Mana Mati, Mana niiru and Mana Amaravati ” began this morning all across the state. The program has been organized in festive mood in Puttaparthy Anantapuramu district. State IT and Information minister Palle Raghunatha Reddy participated in the ceremony meant to collect the specimen soil and water from a sacred place in the villages to be sent to capital region by October 19. The water and soil has been collected from Puttaparthy in an urn amid prayers. Which will be escorted to the constituency with traditional uregimpu (procession).
The soil and water thus collected will be mixed with the soil and water at Amaravati to make Puttaparthy part of Amaravati capital. The soil and water collection from 16000 habitations will go on till October 15.

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This is how all roads lead to Amaravati


Andhra Pradesh chief minister Chandrababu Naidu today finalized the program for ” People’s capital and Amaravati Construction resolve” . The program, meant to create Amaravati euphoria in Andhra Pradesh begins from Tuesday with celebration of “Our Soil, Our Water and Our Amaravati”. The program will go on till 15.10.2015.

  • 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.

During the period specimen soil and water will be collected from the anthills and local streams or wells, whichever the local people believe as sacred ,in Kalasham (ritual urn). All these will paraded around the city or town or village amid all-religion prayers. The message is get local people’s blessings to the capital project.

On October 17, all these kalashalu containing specimen soil and water will shifted to constituency centres. All-religion prayers will be conducted once again. On October 18, designated people will carry the sacred soil and water to capital Amaravati.

*October 17: Soil bags and Kalasams to be taken in colourful processions so as to reach Assembly constituency headquarter towns in a convoy.

*October 18:Start for Amaravati,  with a banner Mana Rajadhani Amaravati –Mana Matti – Mana Neeru


All vehicles from all constituency Headquarters  will join at District Headquarters or at District  border and move together on  October 18 or 19  morning (as per the distance) and reach Nagarjuna University  in a convoy by 5 PM on  October 19.


On October 20 and October 21, prayers will be performed for these Kalashalu and later all these sacred urns will be shifted to the exact place where Prime Minister Narendramodi is going to lay the foundation stone. In the meantime, in Krishna Guntur districts, an Amaravati Resolve torch rally will be organized. The CM flag will off the convoy to Amaravati. Government is going to designate officials to oversee all the rituals in villages, towns and constituencies across the state. The entire program will be videographed and preserved for posterity.

  • On October 21, the soil 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.


On October 18, in Municipal towns and major gram panchayats 2K run and 5K run will be organized to express solidarity to the construction of Amravati capital construction project. Similarly torch rallies will be conducted in every village. Every Village will send a Sankalpa Patram along with water and soil to Amaravati. About 160 temples, 50 churches and 50 masjids have been identified to perform special pujas to propitiate gods to ward off the evil spirits coming in the way of construction of Amaravati.

Three highways have been identified in the state to carrying the soil -water urns to the capital city. The cavalcades carrying the sacred kalasham will ultimately join these highway and march towards Amaravati. It should be planned in such a way that every vehicle carrying the kalasham reached the capital city by October 19.

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Former Chandigarh administrator cautions PM on Amaravati


[intro]Retired IAS and former Administrator of Chandigarh MG Devasahayam also sent an email to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s office to caution the PM that his visit to Amravati would be amounting to an act against the thousands of small and marginal farmers, whose livelihood is being trampled upon by the capital project. Dr Devasahayam headed a fact finding committee set up by National Alliance for People’s Movements to study the suitability of the Amaravati area to build a capital city. He says capital city is going to be a Real Estate El dorado of Andrha Pradesh. Following is the edited version of the letter.[/intro]

Dear Mr Misra,

Having led the National Alliance of People’s Movement appointed Fact Finding Mission I have gone into the various aspects of the Andhra Pradesh Capital-City project coming up in Amravati and have fair amount of Information on this. Besides, having been associated with the Chandigarh Capital Project as the Deputy Commissioner cum Estate Officer of the City and Union Territory, I have fair knowledge as to how capital-cities are planned, funded and developed.

The AP state capital in Amravati on which work is proceeding at breakneck speed is in total violation of constitutional provisions, AP Reorganisation Act, Land Acquisition Act-2013 and Environmental Protection Act and Rules made thereunder. Though Capital Region Development Authority (CRDA) is the project-proponent in paper, and Government of Andhra Pradesh (GoAP) the project-patron, the project is actually being driven by powerful and moneyed Real Estate operators from Singapore, Hyderabad, AP and Delhi. This project is extremely detrimental to Andhra Pradesh’s agricultural systems, India’s food security and environmental sustainability.


A brief recap. The Andhra Pradesh Reorganization Act, 2014 was enacted by Parliament as per provisions of Article 2, 3 and 4 of the Constitution of India. Under Section 6 of said Act the Central Govt. constituted a Committee headed by late K.C. Sivaramakrishnan, to study various alternatives regarding the New Capital for the successor State of Andhra Pradesh and make appropriate recommendation. ToR for the said Committee inter alia includes following:-

· Least possible dislocation to existing agriculture systems as well as ensure minimum resettlement of people and their habitations.
· Preservation of local ecology and natural features including water bodies.
· Vulnerability assessment from natural disasters like floods, cyclones and earthquakes.
· Assess the scope for minimising the cost of construction and acquisition of land.

Committee did not favor a green-field capital-city for AP at this stage and opined that if the GoAP wants to pursue this option, it has to carry out a careful search for locations where suitably large parcels of government land may be available. Committee after considering all the aspects, found the Vijayavada – Guntur – Tenali – Mangalegiri (VGTM) Region unsuitable for setting up state Capital.

Totally ignoring the Committee Report without assigning any reason, GoAP enacted the Andhra Pradesh Capital Region Development Authority Act, 2014 (CRDA Act) on 30thDec. 2014 and declared VGTM as Capital city and Capital Region Area. This legislation does not have the assent of President of India and therefore untenable being in conflict with Central Acts.


To build this capital-city about 35000 acres of land is being coercively ‘pooled’. This area comprises of very fertile agricultural lands, situated in the Krishna Delta and is within the flood affected and seismic Zone i.e. highly susceptible/vulnerable to Natural Calamities like, Flood, Earthquake and Cyclone. GoAP has not complied with even the preliminary requirements for a large capital-city project such as concept paper, population projection, Social Impact Assessment, land survey & requirement study, feasibility study, Environmental Impact Assessment, Detailed Project Report, Master Planning etc. All that has been done is some farcical documentation to get a hurriedly ‘in-principle’ approval from the state environment authorities who are under the administrative control of the project-patron.

It is pertinent here to point out that in Chandigarh which is the most acclaimed capital area in India, only 9000 acres were taken in Phase 1, and 6000 acres in Phase 2, making a total of 15000 acres. These two phases of the city now with a population of 1.2 million has taken more than 60 years for implementation. Chandigarh is low-rise-low-density city with a high percentage of open space in the form of vistas, avenues, gardens, valleys, lakes etc. As against this AP Capital is being planned as high-rise-high-intensity and such a city for a million plus population in a century or so could be built in about 5000 to 6000 acres. Grabbing 35000 acres is nothing but blatant real-estate venture.

GoAP also does not have the funds to carry out even a fraction of the massive capital-city project estimated to cost over Rs. 300,000 crores. Such a huge expenditure cannot be incurred by the State government without adversely affecting budgetary allocations in the State.


Land Pooling Scheme (LPS) as claimed by GoAP is a sleight-of-hand. In actual fact in order to rush things and coerce farmers into surrendering the land GoAP on 14 May 2015 issued Notification for coercive acquisition of land major tracts of which are irrigated multi-crop land acquisition of which is specifically prohibited under Section 10 of LARR Act, 2013. Also capital-city project does not come under the definition of ‘public purpose’ provided in Section 2 of the LARR Act. What is alarming, this coercively acquired/pooled without paying any compensation to the farmers are being handed over to private agencies on a 99-year lease for commercial exploitation [GOMs No 110 dated 2-5-2015 by GoAP Municipal Adinistration & Urban Development Dept]. It was for this purpose that Section 54 of the CRDA Act provides for ‘Developer Entities’ which are private real estate developers.

AP capital-city project area has two kinds of villages–one with irrigated multi-crop land within 2 km from the river and another with mostly rain fed land. All the villages have a vibrant agricultural economy of Rs.1000 crores per year, with complete linkages from farm to market, and large sections of people deriving livelihoods–including land owners, sharecroppers, tenant farmers and agricultural workers. This is an area of the best soil and climatic conditions, and the richest diversity of more than 120 crops. More than 1 lakh working persons are earning secure livelihood from agriculture in these villages, including the residents and external labour.

The government figures show that 32,153 persons in these villages are mainly dependent on agricultural labour whereas 10,556 persons are mainly dependent on cultivating their land. About 80% of the people involved in agriculture in these villages are landless or marginal farmers who are dependent on agricultural labour and tenancy. There is absolutely no compensation or safeguards being included by the government for these people who will be losing their secure livelihoods.

Master Plan for the capital City is being prepared by a foreign entity in utter secrecy without any consultation process with the stake holders and without taking into consideration the environmental, ecological, social, economic and other ground realities. Prime Minister has been invited to lay the foundation stone on 22 October 2015for a massive capital-city project for which even the basic documentation for land title is not really available with CRDA, the project-proponent. And as per media reports National Green Tribunal on Saturday directed CRDA not to take up any construction-related activity for the new capital-city until the necessary environmental clearances are acquired. NGT also has reportedly restrained the project-proponent from taking up any work, including levelling of the grounds.

Under the circumstances it would be extremely embarrassing for the PM and Government of India to participate in the 22 October function at ‘Amravati’ and lay the foundation stone for a non-existent but extremely hyped ‘project’. It could also be perceived as an act against thousands of small/marginal farmers and agricultural labour whose livelihood would be sacrificed at the altar of this massive, environment-killing Real Estate El dorado which Andhra Pradesh do not require.

M.G.Devasahayam IAS (Retd),
103, Ceebros Bayview, 4th Seaward Road,
Valmikinagar, Thiruvanmiyur, Chennai – 600041
Email: deva1940@gmail.com ; Mobile: 09940174446

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Capital arrangements going full throttle


Andhra Pradesh government, which is going full throttle to celebrate the foundation laying ceremony of the proposed capital city Amaravati, has appointed three committees to look after various arrangement for the program. Municipal administration and urban development minister P Narayana will head the organizing committee, which is responsible for the successful conduct of the spectacular event. The 23-member committee, among others, has ministers of agriculture, water resources, information and public relations, healath; MPs Galla Jayadev, Rayapati Sambasiva Rao, Murali Mohan; MLA T Sravan Kumar, special chief secreary R&B Sam Bob as members. The five-member reception committee is headed by district collector. The collector will also head the venue committee which is responsible for the minute to minute program and other ceremony related ritual at the site of foundation. The media committee is headed by Parakala Prabhakar, media advisor to the government.

The state government has already declared the ceremony as the state program.
In the meantime, chief minister Naidu reviewed the arrangements with the CRDA officials and instructed them to organized the function in the earmarked 50-acre land where PM lays the foundation in such a way that the ceremony be remembered for 1000 years. Naidu told them that the ceremony should remain symbol of Telugu pride and every Telugu soul had been waiting to see the occasion with the bated breath. The capital will have 9 theme cities namely tourism city, health city,electronics city, knowledge city / education city, Justice city, Cultural city, sports city and finance city. The tourism city will come up along the length of Kondveedu canal and the abutting reservoir.

CM Naidu asked the official to visit the five important city suggested by Prime Minister Modi before finalising the sky scrapers in the capital region. Naidu also interacted with Rajiv Sethi about the theme to developed for the stage of the ceremony. They are said to thinking of the rising sun backdrop symbolizing Andhra Pradesh as the sunrise state on the east coast.

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