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KCR stood centre of attraction at Amaravati ceremony


Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao buried all his past rivalries with Andhra Pradesh CM Chandrababu Naidu to attend the foundation laying ceremony for new state capital Amaravati. Interestingly, he stood the centre of attraction during the entire ceremony.

He flew in a special helicopter from Suryapet in Nalgonda district to reach Uddandarayunipalem, where TDP leader Maganti Gopinath received him. Eversince, PM Modi reached the venue, KCR and Babu were seen alongside Modi. People who attended the event commented that KCR was seen like he to belonged to AP and he stole the show by keeping aside all his bitterness with TDP and attending the event.

Interestingly, KCR’s name was also figured in the foundation stone pylon. Whenever the Telangana CM appeared on the LED TVs, there was a huge response from public. Babu felicitated KCR on stage and put his hand on KCR’s shoulder, people who attended the event were expressing their excitement. Telangana CM was also appreciated by political analysts and public for announcing that Telangana government would extend all the possible support for the development of Amaravati.

This would definitely pave way for friendly development between the two Telugu governments.

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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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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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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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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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