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“Thieves” “stealing” away Amaravati roads?


Thieves are on prowl in the capital Amaravati. They are not filching valuables and nor are they resorting to house-breaks. They are simply “stealing” the roads. Yes. Sounds strange, but true. In Amaravati, unidentified miscreants are using earth movers and under heavy duty equipment to damage the laid out concrete roads and take away the concrete pellets and other material.

Several videos of JCB earthmovers damaging the roads and taking away the granite chips have surfaced in villages like Uddandarayuni Palem, which falls into the Amaravati capital area. In one video, miscreants are seen taking away a JCB on a truck after the locals objected to it. It is clear that this cannot happen without the active support of powerful people. The local TDP has accused the YSRCP of damaging the roads and taking away the concrete chips.

There are also instances where the concrete chips, cement and sand kept on the sides of the road for the construction of roads were stolen. Some miscreants are landing up at the storage sites and are loading the material into the trucks. They are scooting away before the police arrived on the scene. While the TDP has blamed the ruling YSRCP for the “theft”, the YSRCP is blaming the TDP for this. The police seem to look the other way while the roads get damaged during the nights. Sources say that the police are afraid of taking action as people at high places are involved in these thefts.

In some places, the locals have formed night-watch groups and are found objecting to the damage of the roads. There are instances where the miscreants fled from the spot after the locals obstructed them. Despite such damage to public property, there is total silence from the ruling party.

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Blow to Jagan govt: SC strikes down Amaravathi insider trading petition!

The YSRCP government in Andhra Pradesh headed by Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy received a jolt in the Supreme Court on Monday in a case pertaining to insider trading in purchase of lands by some individuals in Amaravathi capital region and also in acquiring lands for the capital region at Amaravati during previous TDP regime between 2014 and 2019.

The Supreme Court on Monday has struck down the AP government’s petition on Amaravathi insider trading.

The AP High Court on January 20, 2021, struck down the cases registered by the AP Crime Investigation Department (CID) alleging insider trading in purchase of lands by some people in Amaravati.

However, the Jagan government filed a special leave petition in the Supreme Court on June 29 challenging the AP High Court judgement delivered on January 20 stating that there was no insider trading in Amaravati.

A division bench of the Supreme Court comprising Justice Vineeth Saran and Justice Dinesh Meheshwari heard this petition.

The bench struck down the petition on Monday stating that AP High Court has struck down the petition after taking into consideration all the issues.

The CID had registered the cases against several individuals, including Kilaru Rajesh, a close aide of TDP general secretary Nara Lokesh, and Northface Holdings Private Limited director Tottempudi Venkateswara Rao, based on a complaint filed by N Suresh of Velagapudi, alleging insider trading.

It was alleged that some people with the prior knowledge of the location of the State capital, purchased lands at cheaper rates in Amaravati.

The high court had earlier stated that the lands purchased by the petitioners got valid registration documents. Purchase of lands with proper registration cannot be considered as a crime under Section 420 of IPC. No police investigation had concluded that the petitioners committed a crime. There were reports in the media about the location of State capital even before former Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu was sworn in on June 9, 2014 and it could not be said that the petitioners purchased the lands concealing the facts, the high court observed.

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Jagan govt begins demolition of Iconic Bridge in Amaravathi!


The YSRCP government in Andhra Pradesh led by Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy seems to be on a mission to finish off Amaravathi capital city as early as possible so as to shift the capital to Vizag.

The Jagan government has now started demolition of Iconic Bridge in Amaravathi that was initiated by previous TDP government led by then CM N Chandrababu Naidu to provide connectivity between Vijayawada and Amaravathi.

Naidu had on January 12, 2019 laid the foundation stone for the ‘Kuchipudi iconic bridge’. With a 170-metre-tall pylon, it was one of the many “iconic” structures planned by Naidu, who wanted to develop Amaravati as a world-class city.

The 3.2-km long six-lane bridge was intended to connect Amaravati with Vijayawada-Hyderabad national highway at a cost of Rs 1,387 crore. The contract was bagged by L&T. The company had constructed platforms to construct the bridge.

However, after Jagan became CM in May 2019, he stopped all works in Amaravathi capital region. With this, the bridge works came to a halt.

But in August 2019, Jagan took a decision to scale down the project terming it as very expensive and said this would be built in a simple manner with Rs 400 crore and not as cable bridge planned across Krishna river earlier.

However, officials have now started demolishing the entire platforms giving indications that the Jagan government wants to completely scrap this project.

The AP government officials have deployed Proclainers to demolish the platforms that were set up earlier for the construction of Iconic Bridge. The demolition works are going on for the past two days.

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MP Navneet Kaur extends support to Amaravathi farmers!


Lok Sabha member and former Tollywood actress Navneet Kaur on Wednesday declared her support to Amaravathi farmers who are waging a relentless battle against YS Jagan government in Andhra Pradesh for nearly 550 days now demanding to continue Amaravathi as the only capital of AP and drop his decision of creating three capitals for AP.

Speaking to a news channel, Kaur said she will visit Amaravathi soon to meet agitating farmers and express solidarity with their movement for capital city.

She said that Amaravathi farmers sacrificed their valuable lands for the cause of Andhra Pradesh but the present government is killing Amaravathi capital for political reasons.

Kaur said everyone knows very well why the present government is toying with the idea of creating three capitals for Andhra Pradesh.

Kaur was elected as MP from Amravati Lok Sabha constituency in Maharshtra as an Independent candidate in 2019 Lok Sabha polls with the support of Congress and NCP.

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Amaravathi stir at 500 days: JAC big virtual rally on April 30


The agitation by Amaravathi Joint Action Committee (Amaravathi JAC) will complete 500 days on April 30.

The JAC activists sustained the agitation for 500 days braving the YSRCP government’s and police high-handedness, demanding the Jagan government to retain Amaravathi as the only capital city of Andhra Pradesh and drop its plans of creating three capitals for AP.

The JAC is making arrangements to hold a mega rally on April 30 to mark the completion of 500 days of Amaravathi agitation.

However, in the present severe corona conditions and Covid restrictions, the JAC planning to hold a mega rally in the virtual mode with the participation of 1 lakh people.

JAC activists and people will sit on protest at their respective places across the state in deeksha camps where big size LED screens are being set up.

The JAC is inviting national leaders of various political parties, national level social activists, legal experts, caste organisations, representatives of trade and commerce.

The JAC want to bring Amaravathi issue to the notice of Centre and state governments by making this programme a huge success.

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Now, YCP calls Amaravati a ‘benami Capital’ of Naidu


Till yesterday, Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy, his Ministers and his party MPs just levelled allegations of benami land dealings against Chandrababu Naidu in Amaravati Capital City. The Government had also filed ‘insider trading’ cases against the TDP leaders. Now, the YCP Ministers were going a step forward by calling the entire Amaravati region as a ‘benami Capital’ of Chandrababu Naidu and his son Lokesh.

YCP MP Nandigam Suresh, who is known for his controversial statements, said that Chandrababu Naidu had looted lands in Amaravati area by threatening the local farmers. The MP blamed Naidu for creating hurdles by going to the court against house site distribution in the Capital area.

Mr. Suresh demanded the TDP chief to explain why his party was obstructing house sites if he was indeed a champion of the poor families. If Chandrababu Naidu really had any love for the poor people, he should order his partymen to withdraw the petitions filed against the house sites.

The MP said that Naidu and Lokesh were cultureless as they were comparing the poor man’s house to the toilets and bathrooms.

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“Full-size capital will be ready in 10 yrs “


Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu is hopeful that construction of the new capital in its entirety will be completed in 10 years. Naidu said he had no doubt about success of the new capital. “People of this region are endowed with remarkable creativity and entrepreneurial skills. The plan is to complete the project in 20 years. But, with the support your are extending I am hopeful that it will be carried out in a next in 10 years,” he said participating in the inaugural of ‘Capital Cinemas’, a seven-screen multiplex in Trendset Mall near Benz Circle, Vijayawaada.

Stating that creating entertainment avenues was as important as providing employment to local people, the chief minister said besides modern cinema theatres, Vijayawada would also house five and six-star hotels. Union Urban Development M. Venkaiah Naidu said a capital does not mean only concrete buildings, good roads, Secretariat, Assembly or bungalows of the Chief Minister, Governor and Ministers; It should have life. “Life means education, entertainment, academic activity, employment and enhanced medical facilities,” he said. The union minister said Vijayawada city had always been a hub of literature and the nerve centre of political activity.

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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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Green Tribunal Order on Amaravati Lands





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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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Naidu gives new Mantra to AP people


Chief minister Chandrababau Naidu has given new chant for Telugu people of successor state of Andhra Pradesh: ” Mana Amaravati” (Our Amaravati). The objective of the slogan is to transform ” Amaravati ” a magical word that should reverberate in very town, village and house in Andhra Pradesh. He wants everyone chant Amaravati starting from tomorrow until the foundation stone is laid on October 22, 2015 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at UdhandaRayunipalem on the banks of River Krishna in Guntur district.

Naidu called upon the party all leaders at all levels in the organization structure to participate in the all programs connected to Amaravati Sankustapanana ceremony commencing from tomorrow. Naidu addressed a teleconference with MLA, MLC, and MPs of the party this morning . He asked them to participate in 10K and 5K runs being organized on October 18 to create Amaravati awareness among the people and about the importance developing Amaravati as world-class capital. These runs are part of the campaign to persuade people to participate in the capital construction in way or the other. He was very particular about the participation of MPs, MLAs, MLCs and other leaders of the party.
He briefed them about the ‘Mana matti- Mana neeru – Mana Amaravathi’ and asked then ensure that party leaders, workers, sympathizers participated in the program in a big way.

On the other side, despite green tribunal directive not take up ground leveling activities before getting environmental clearance for the capital construction project, the civil works for the foundation stone laying ceremony are in full swing. The main theme of the event is ‘Sunrise State,’ (opposition criticizing this as ‘son-rise state) and the main stage would have a huge digital screen showing the sun rising on the horizon. Rising sun is the line for investment promotion campaign of Andhra Pradesh. The event manager, Mumbai-based Wizcraft Event Managers , which gave a presentation of the theme in the cabinet meeting, is meticulously putting the theme of chief minister Naidu to practice as per Vastu. A representative of CRDA told telugu360.com that Vastu was being followed at every step- raising the stage, seating arrangement, fixing the location of foundation laying ceremony, facing of the state, galleries, in-gates and out-gates of the venue.

The erection of the main stage began with workers mounting steel poles on the ground. The huge dais overlooking the Krishna river is being arranged in North Eastern direction to face the Krishna river.”River is the governing force for us. The capitals heart lies in the river,” the CRDA sources said. The 200-acrea area chosen for performing Puja for laying foundation stone, has been taken over by the police to take care of the security plan commensurate with the expected gathering.

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Naidu wants Amaravati a sacred destination


Chief minister Chandrababu Naidu, who has inherited three divergent cultural geographies in the form of successor state of Andhra Pradesh, is struggling a lot to construct a single culture identity for the state of Andhra Pradesh. Unlike Telangana, which is culturally a single unit at macro level, Naidu’s Andhra Pradesh is composed of three regions Rayalaseema, Northa coastal Andhra, and core Andhra (circar ) region, which are culturally, economically and socially poles apart. While the first two are backward regions, the third, Andhra area, is a fertile, money rich delta region. Location of capital in the fertile region has created irreversible chasm between the backward and advanced Andhra regions. So, sensing trouble in future, Naidu is planning to construct a single, catch-all cultural identity, to nip the resentment in the bud. His struggle is evident in the way the foundation stone laying ceremony is being organized as a culture festival.

Noted sculptor Rajiv Sethi is designing a grand memorial at Amaravati, the upcoming capital city, in an extent of 200 acres, which according to chief minister Chandrababu Naidu, will become a major tourist spot in the city. It will have a big tourist gallery and a museum depicting the theme of Amaravati city through the ages. To make the memorial sacred spot, the water gathered from all the rivers across the country , will be used in the construction of the memorial. On the eve of foundation laying ceremony, prayer will be conducted 150 temples, 50 churches and 50 masjids all over Andhra Pradesh. The chief minister instructed the official to collect the letters containing the pledge that they are committed to build the temple from the people from 16000 villages in the states. All these letters will be preserved in a time capsule. A Jyothi( torch) symbolising the Amravati fulfilment should be brought from every mandal to Amaravati. CRDA will bring about the booklets with information about the greatness of site of capital Amaravati and the importance of building a world-class capital and ensure they reached every student in the state of Andhra Pradesh. The booklet carry the message,” centre of world’s investments, future destination of youth”. The cabinet,which is meeting on Saturday, will decide the various programs be conducted during the official festival program from October 13 to October 21. Chief minister also instructed the official to organize the foundation stone laying ceremony in such a spectacular way that it should go down in the history of Andhra Pradesh as turning point.

These are instructions chief minister issues to collectors, other district officials along with state officials in a video conference he addressed from his camp office in Vijayawada. The state government has already declared the October 13-21 official celebration. Though not region specific festivals, Sankranti and Dasara had been celebrated as state festival last year. The Kodandarama temple in Ontimitta, Kadapa, had become the Bhadrachalam of Andhra Pradesh. Naidu has launched a tradition of the celebrating Srirama Navami festival this year.

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Jagan planning to sabotage Amaravati ceremony : Kishore Babu


Andhra Pradesh social welfare minister Ravela Kishore Babu came down heavily on opposition leader YS Jaganmohan Reddy for his indefinite fast and said Jagan was more interested in spoiling the image of the state rather than getting special status to Andhra Pradesh.

Reacting on the Jagan’s fast in Guntur on the second day , Kishore Babu, who also hails from Guntur, said Jagan’s fast had no support from his own MLAs . ” Rayalaseema people are unhappy with Jagan as he is not taking up Rayalaseema cause and North Andhra people also not happy because he is not talking about their problems. The fast is a unilateral decision of Jagan in the party,” he said, advising Jagan that the opposition leader should first win over the hearts his own MLAs and party workers.

Ravela alleged that Jagan had sit on the fast only to vitiate the atmosphere before the foundation laying ceremony of the Amaravati capital. ” The event is being organized as global event of Telugu Pride. Hundreds of national and international dignitaries, including the Prime Minister Modi, are coming. Instead of joining us to make the program success, he is planning to create confusion and law and order problem in the state,” the minister alleged.

The selection of Guntur as the venue for the fast itself was an indication to his ulterior motive, he added. Kishore Babu charged that Jagan collaborated with Telangana chief minister KCR in creating problem for Telugu people and Andhra Pradesh government in Hyderabad. ” When the state government was fighting with TS government, instead of standing by the government, Jagan chose to join hands with KCR and tried to sabotage the interests of the Telugu people,” he said. If Jagan was really serious of getting special status to Andhra Pradehs, Kishore Babu, said, he should have gone to Delhi and met PM and other Minister to put pressure on them.

“Has he ever visited New Delhi to meet the PM on the special category issue? Has Jagan ever raised the issue with any union minister? No,” he said.

“Now, on the eve of foundation laying ceremony, Jagan wants to create law and order problem and spoil the prestigious issue. We won’t allow this to happen,” Kishore Babu warned.

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Chandrababu to felicitate farmers of 29 villages


It is a known fact that hundreds of farmers belonging to different villages in Guntur district have donated their cultivation lands for the new capital of Andhra Pradesh, Amaravathi. Though all the opposition parties are protesting against the government for grabbing lands from farmers forcibly, the chief minister N. Chandrababu Naidu feels that the farmers should get their due respect.

If the sources are to be believed, the CM in a recent review meeting decided to felicitate all the farmers of 29 villages who have sacrificed their lands for capital region.

This felicitation ceremony will be held in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on October 22 at the massive foundation laying ceremony.

Babu and his cabinet is all set to make the ceremony a big success and working real hard to make it a historic event.

The CM himself is monitoring all the arrangements and is calling for regular review meetings with CRDA officials and his cabinet colleagues.

According to sources, Babu has formed four committees namely Organising Committee, Reception Committee, Venue Committee and Cultural/Media Committee to take care of all the arrangements of this state event.

He made party MPs, legislators and other officials to head these committees.

The CM has already invited many national and international personalities to this ceremony.

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First phase of AP capital to be readied by 2018: Babu


The construction of Andhra Pradesh capital is taken on a prestigious note by the state government and they are leaving no stone unturned to make it a world class capital. It is a known fact that the laying of foundation stone ceremony will be held on October 22 and in this regard, the CM on Monday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi to invite him to the ceremony. Later speaking to the media persons, Chandrababu announced that the PM has agreed to attend the event. He also stated that the first phase of the capital is likely to be wrapped by 2018.

Modi will also be inaugurating the new terminal constructed by Airport Authority of India on the same day in Tirupati. This terminal was constructed at the cost of Rs 170 crore.

According to the CM, Amaravathi would be a ‘blue and green capital’ comprising water front for 20 to 25 kilometres and it would be one of the best capital cities in India with. The authorities are also planning to implement water taxis for the transportation purpose.

The October 22 ceremony will be a massive event with many national and international guests to attend the event. The cabinet and CRDA officials are working day and night to make it a historic event with all the traditional rituals.

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Will Naidu’s Charm Offensive for Amaravati Work?


Chief minister Chandrababu Naidu is using every trick in the book to create a tsunami of Andhra pride and Andhra sentiment in support of Amaravati construction. Sentiment does work politics. His father-in- law NT Ramarao used Andhra pride to build Telugu Desam party and challenged Congress monopoly successfully in 1983. Similarly, Telangana sentiment had been cleverly transformed into a massive separate state movement which finally led to the division united Andhra Pradesh. The Andhra pride or Telugu glory had been used on many occasions in past to achieve political goals. So, Naidu this time is trying to stir up Andhra sentiment for a different purpose- to garner support for a massive construction project ie Amaravati capital.

In the past Andhra Pride had been used for pure political purposes: first for the creation of Andhra state in 1953, and then to defeat Congress in 1983. Now, Naidu needs Andhra pride on the scale of a Tsunami to get people’s approval for many things. 1. Capital location has no support from Rayalaseema. 2. It is a political decision to keep the capital immune from the influence of aggressive Reddys of Rayalaseema 3. Guntur and Krishna districts, where capital zone falls, form the core Andhra area, and basically Kamma Nadu, safe zone for Telugu Desam party, which is generally perceived as party of Kammas. 4. There has been wide-spread opposition from small and marginal farmers across the state for taking over of their lands, though non-irrigated in some cases, for the proposed 5 lakh acre land bank creation 5. growing resentment among the students and youth against the Naidu’s policy of not filling the vacancies in government. ( Naidu’s idea is to cut government expenditure on jobs. He has extended retirement age from 58 to 60 years, which takes care of families. And for youth- wait for a couple of years. Hundreds of companies are setting shop in Andhra and you would get the job of your choice, is his message.)

To bury all these negative factors Naidu needs an extraordinary force – the force is Andhra pride and Andhra glory. All festivals like Sankranti have become occasions to celebrate glorious Andhra culture. Even rules had been relaxed to gamble on cock fights, famous in some Andhra districts. Godavari Pushkaralu had been celebrated with the theme of Andhra and building of capital along with rebuilding of Andhra was the message. The massive crowd at Pushkaralu instilled enormous confidence in Naidu that he could get similar support to Amaravati as well. State government is making Kuchipudi, an Andhra dance form, is part of syllabus.

The height of the Andhra charm offensive will be seen in the run up to construction of Amaravti capital. Naidu wants all Andhras, wherever they are, to donate at least a brick or money worth of a brick. This is to create a sense of belonging among Andhras. He is adopting crowd funding in order to make every Andhra become partner of the capital city. An innovative technique ‘digital brick’ is also being planned for non-resident Andhras in which the donor can affix his signature on the digital brick. He is planning a memorial wall on which the names of all farmers, who offered land under land pooling to the capital, will be engraved on the lines of Indai Gate, New Delhi, which displays the names of soldiers, who died in wars fought by colonial Britain. To praise their sacrifice a program called Rytu Vandanam is being planned on the day of foundation laying on October. In order to present that new capital embodies the spirit of every Andhra village, the government has made arrangements to bring soil from 16000 villages and habitations in Andhra kaslasam. This soil will be mixed with the soil of Amaravati at the point of foundation. The mixing of the soil and the place will be consecrated as the confluence all rivers. Recently the diversion of Godavari water into Krishna basin has been celebrated at Pattiseema as the linking to two mighty Andhra rivers.

The capital has already been given a moniker “people’s capital” notwithstanding the criticism that it was a big real-estate venture by “Naidu & Son Co” by opposition parties. Naidu’s plan is to attract Rs 4 lakh crore for construction of capital along with associated townships and industrial hubs. As the centre is not coming forward to help capital beyond core capital which constitute administrative blocks like Secretariat, Assembly complex, High Court, CMO and Raj Bhavan etc, the only option left is involving the Singapore companies, which are demanding huge land about 5000 ac. in capital region in lieu of the cost of construction of the core capital. The proposal has attracted flak from the people and opposition parties. And, now, Naidu needs a wave of Andhra Pride to push through such business deals. Is it possible to create a, Andhra pride for a project which is going to benefit only a section people: realtors, contractors and leaders?

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Would Jagan attend capital foundation ceremony?


Opposition leader and YSR Congress President YS Jaganmohan Reddy will face Hamletian dilemma- to attend or not to attend the spectacular foundation laying ceremony of new capital Amaravati, once he receives the invitation from capital region development authority (CRDA) in a day or two.

Jagan is expected to face two tough questions with regard to the emerging capital Amaravati. They are:

1. Would he attend the foundation stone laying ceremony of the capital city Amaravati on October 22.

2. Would he relocate himself to new capital region as the government is in the process of shifting the temporary capital from Hyderabad to Vijayawada. There are plans to conduct the next Budget Session of Andhra Pradesh Assembly from the Capital Region. Then he has to live in capital region, which he is opposing tooth and nail.

Jagan has to keep ready fitting answers to these questions as the date of foundation stone laying ceremony is fast approaching. If the opposition leader abstains from October 22 ceremony, in which Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be the chief guest, TDP would unleash campaign against him stating that he is anti-Amaravati and scuttling word-class capital emerge in Andhra Pradesh. If he attends the program, it would be tantamount to endorsing the capital city project, which, in his own words, is coming up destroying the flourishing agriculture economy. In August he staged a dharna with thousands of farmers oppositing the acquisition of fertile land forcibly from small and marginal farmers.

Not only had he supported the agitation of the farmers, who are set to lose fertile lands, but also assured them he would return all the lands to the farmers once his party comes to power in 2019. It clearly states his stand vis-à-vis capital region. Though he did not tell it in so many words, Jagan is opposed to the capital coming up in an area, which is already advanced. He articulated this in a different way stating that he would have raised no objection if the capital construction had been taken up in any area where government waste lands were available.

His party dubbed the capital project as ‘ commercial project’, ‘real estate project’ etc. And definitely Jagan is not blind to the resentment being expressed in Rayalaseema and North Coastal Andhra to the way the capital is being developed on the lines of Hyderabad with everything being concentrated in the capital region. It is clear from the very establishment of “capital region development authority (CRDA)that Amaravati is going to become a black hole of Andhra Pradesh sucking everything into it. So, it is difficult for Jagan to endorse the project by attending the foundation stone laying ceremony on Vijayadasami day.

The second question is related to shifting of his base from Lotus Pond, Hyderabad, to Vijayawada. The first salvo has already been fired by TDP emergent leader Lokesh. He asked Jagan to first shift his base to capital region in Andhra Pradesh and then talk. Speaking in a party workers training program in Nellijerla in West Godavari district on Tuesday, Lokesh ridiculed Jagan for demanding special status to Andhra Pradesh by sitting in Lotus Pond of Telangana’s Hyderabad.

By all means the opposition leader would abstain from the October 22 Amaravati foundation stone laying ceremony. And he is unlikely to relocate himself to Vijayawada, TDP government’s temporary capital, from Hyderabad, which is designated as temporary capital by AP Reorganization Act-2014. What is important is how he would construct his argument without hurting the sentiment of the people, who are supporting the Amaravati capital and at the same time he should not been as the one who betrayed the farmers, whom he sat with on a dharna.

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Naidu unhappy over sluggish “Smart City”


Chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu was a bit confused today when the consortium of global companies, appointed to prepare master plan for Smart Cities, sought another 18 months to prepare a detailed plan for making Vizag a smart city. Today in a review meeting , held at Vizag, the representatives from AECOM, KPMG and IBO said they needed six months for basic analysis at field level, six months for the preparation of implementation plan and six months for the preparation of basic master. Naidu did not agree with them. Expressing dissatisfaction at the delay, the CM told them how the Singapore agency prepared the complete master plan for the Amaravati capital in just six months. Union urban development minister M Venkaiah Naidu was also present in the meeting.

Naidu also told them how the Singapore experts stuck to their deadline. Even though Prime Minister announced the plan to make Tirupati, Vijayawada and Vizag cities into smart cities a year back there had been no progress, Naidu remarked.

He asked the consortium to complete the plan in 15 months and asked them to submit the preliminary report by December. The representatives from US Trade Development Agency also participated in the meeting.

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