Continued aspirations, ups and downs, trials and tribulations, business opportunities, new capital city, natural calamities and unexplored avenues. All these marked the roller coaster ride of Andhra Pradesh in the year 2015. What is to be regaled is that the state is definitely headed towards bigger prospects and development in the coming year. AP has indeed made it happen with successful foreign collaborations and investment interests that continue to approach the state each passing day.
Here are some snapshots of what the state went through, achieved and fought against in the year 2015.
Free Wi-Fi Launched at Vijayawada Bus Stand
Vijayawada went five steps technically advanced yesterday when free 5G Wi-Fi was launched at the Pandit Nehru Bus Stand. For the very first time, APSRTC became the proud service provider offering free Wi-Fi services to the travelers who commuted largely everyday. This also becomes the first of its kind free service launch in the country.
CBN’s Digital Andhra Pradesh Movement Takes Shape
CBN announced on the social networks – “In my efforts to make Andhra Pradesh a digitally-progressive state, I have asked my team to complete the Optic Fibre project within three years. I’m proud that ours is the first state to execute the National Optic Fibre Network (NOFN) project of Government of India.”
2015 – A Centenary Year of Mahatma Gandhi Setting Foot on Andhra
Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi setting his foot for the first time on the soil of Andhra. Exactly 100 years ago in 1915, Ahimsavaadi Gandhiji visited Nellore to attend the Chennai Congress Maha Sabha meetings.
Little Archer Dolly Shivani Enters India Book of Records
Little ace archer from Vijayawada, Dolly Shivani achieved another milestone for herself as she entered the India Book of Records as the first mixed recurve archer of India. Three year old Shivani performed along with five other archers in various distances at the Volga Archery Academy in Vijayawada.
Godavari Maha Pushkaralu – Celebrated With Togetherness
This year’s Godavari Maha Pushkaralu was a celebration in totality. One large warm gathering of families and communities that celebrated the spirit of spirituality and being together. Despite the fact that Pushkaralu kicked off on a sore note, the rest of the days have seen people visit various Ghats of the sacred river Godavari and offer prayers in unison.
CM’s Japan Tour
Successful discussions and outcomes happened when CM visited Japan on 6th June 2015. Mr Naidu successfully concluded vital meetings with all the giant Japanese investors that transcended into viable actions with investments coming to the new state of Andhra Pradesh.
మన Air Costa Celebrates One Million Passengers
29th June 2015 turned out to be a landmark day for Air Costa, leading regional airline operating 32 daily flights across 9 main cities. The airline celebrated its millionth passenger on board at the Bengaluru International Airport. The millionth passenger flew on flight no LB693 from Bengaluru to Hyderabad sector of the scheduled departure from Bengaluru at 10 45 am.
Master Plan For Amaravati Out
Singapore and Andhra Pradesh government unveiled the master plan for the state’s new capital city, Amaravati in June. Iswaran, Minister, Prime Minister’s Office and Second Minister for Trade and Industry handed over the master plan to Chief Minister Shri N. Chandrababu Naidu.
Andhra University Ranked Among India’s Top Universities
Andhra University, the esteemed seat of education and learning scaled a new high in the country’s list of top universities. The University that was established in the year 1926 in Visakhapatnam has now been ranked as number 2 among all the State Universities and number 8 among all the top Universities in India.
Surekha Strikes Silver At Gwangju
A major achievement for Vijayawada as local girl and archer Vennam Jyothi Surekha won a silver medal for the country in the recent World University Games that are in progress at Gwangju, Korea. Surekha won the medal on Tuesday, 7th July 2015.
BGL Launches Piped Natural Gas In Vijayawada
After a long halt, the Bhagyanagar Gas Limited (BGL) launched its Piped Natural Gas (PNG) connections in the city at Satyanarayanapuram on Sunday (2nd Aug 2015).
AirCraft Giant Airbus Comes To Andhra Pradesh
Leading European aircraft manufacturing company Airbus sets a proposal to set up an aerospace manufacturing cluster in Andhra Pradesh. For this purpose, the Government of Andhra Pradesh has allocated land in Anantapur district for the facility. This facility will manufacture parts and host aircraft maintenance and services.
Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams Becomes A Stock Market Investor
The riches temple of India, Tirumala will now be officially an investor into stock market. That’s right, TTD confirmed that the Devasthanam of riches had opened a dematerialised or demat account. This demat account allows the investors to hold their stocks and securities in an electronic form. Meaning the temple will now accept donations in the form of equity shares from the millions of devotees. This also makes TTD a prime shareholder in India’s stock trading.
Kobelco Cranes Begins Work At Sri City
Kobelco Cranes India (KCI), the Indian sub enterprise of the noted Japanese crane manufacturer began operations at Sri City in Andhra Pradesh this year. The company opened its second plant here.
Tata Trusts to develop 264 villages in Andhra Pradesh
In a a major boost to the government’s Flagship ‘Smart Village-Smart Ward’ program, the Tata Trusts has signed an Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Government of Andhra Pradesh to develop 264 villages in Vijayawada constituency to work in bamboo cultivation, fisheries, health and nutrition and village development.
Classes Begin At Tirupati IIT
The 19th IIT began functioning in the holy city of Tirupati heralding a new chapter in education in the newly formed state of Andhra Pradesh. Students and parents participated in the orientation day at the transit campus housed at Krishna Theja Educational Institutions in Chadalawada Nagar on the city outskirts.
Make in India Kicks Off, Xiaomi RedMi 2 Prime Launched
he first RedMI 2 Prime Smartphone made in Andhra was launched in Vizag by the Chief Minister of AP, Shri N Chandrababu Naidu. The event was a grand success, welcoming the dawn of a whole new era of prospects and developments for the state of Andhra Pradesh. Xiaomi is the third largest smartphone-maker in the world after Samsung and Apple, respectively. Xiaomi became the largest smartphone vendor in China in 2014 and at the end of December 2014, Xiaomi became the world’s most valuable technology start-up, valued at $ 46 billion.
Britannia Agro-processing Facility In Chittoor
FMCG giant Britannia Industries Limited has evinced interest in setting up an agro-processing facility in Chittoor district. Varun Berry, Managing Director, Britannia called on Chief Minister Sri N. Chandrababu Naidu in Vijayawada. During his meeting with the Chief Minister, Mr. Berry said that the company is planning to commission the phase 1 of the project in Chittoor district with an investment of Rs. 125 crore by the end of 2016.
Tirupati Declared The Cleanest Temple Town In India
Adding a new feather in the cap apart from being the richest global pilgrimage in the world, Tirupati won the Safaigiri awards for being the cleanest temple town in India.
Govt of AP Signs MoUs With Micromax, Celkon and Karbonn Mobiles
As to what looks like a brisk progress towards becoming an electronics manufacturing hub, the Government of Andhra Pradesh signed MoUs with low-cost cellphone makers Micromax, Celkon and Karbonn Mobiles. With this, Andhra Pradesh is targeting manufacturing at least 6 million to 7 million phones per month in the next year. According to the Chief Minister, this will be a huge boost to the electronics manufacturing sector in Andhra Pradesh.
Microsoft Agrees To Work With AP On White Spaces Project
Global technology giant Microsoft agreed to work with Andhra Pradesh on TV White Spaces Project, a technology that uses unused TV spectrum to deliver low-cost Internet connectivity to users.
CM Links Krishna and Godavari Rivers, A Red Letter Day For Andhra Pradesh
Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh has formally linked the waters of two major rivers in Andhra Pradesh, Godavari and Krishna. The CM released the waters from Godavari at Ibrahimpatnam Ferry village near Vijayawada. This linking of two major rivers in the State will facilitate in productive utilization of 80 TMC of the 3,000 TMC Godavari’s flood waters that goes wasted into the sea every year. The delta region of river Krishna faces has been facing acute shortage of water for irrigation.
IIM Vizag – Classes Begin This Year
The Indian Institute of Management (IIM) in Visakhapatnam began its academic operations from a temporary building at Andhra University campus this year.
Sunrise StartUp Village Reckons
JA Solar Holdings And Essel InfraProjects Plan Operations In AP
JA Solar Holdings Co, well known Chinese solar manufacturer, and Essel Infraprojects Ltd begin the construction of a 500-megawatt solar-cell factory in Andhra Pradesh in December, which will then be proceeded by a module plant of similar size.
AP Signs MoU with Tata Institute Of Social Sciences
The Government of Andhra Pradesh has signed an MoU with the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) in Visakhapatnam on the occasion of Teacher’s Day, in presence of Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu and Minister for HRD Ganta Srinivas Rao.
World Bank Ranks AP At No 2 In The Most Business Friendly States Of India
Assessment done by the World Bank under the State Implementation of Business Reforms ushered pleasant tidings for AP this year. The results put the state of Andhra Pradesh at number 2 in the entire country, declaring it to be the most commendable place to do business, only after Gujarat.
Dream of Vizianagaram Farmers Comes True – CM Releases Thotapalli Water
CM turns the long-cherished dream of Vizianagaram and Srikakulam farmers into reality. More than 12 years after the foundation stone was laid in 2003, Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu released water from the Thotapalli Irrigation Project this year, fulfilling the long cherished aspirations of the farmers in the region.
CM’s Tours Singapore
CM explained the advantages of building new capital during his Singapore tour in September this year. He had invited the Singapore PM personally for the Amaravati Foundation-laying ceremony. Overwhelming response to attend AP CM’s public lecture at ISAS.
REC Signs Two MoUs With AP Govt On Green Power Projects
Rural Electrification Corporation (REC) inked two MoUs with Andhra Pradesh Power Utilities with a mission to enhance generation of Green Power this year.
Center Announces Rs 1000 Cr Special Assistance To AP
The Central Government of India has announced special assistance of Rs.1,000 Cr to the new state of Andhra Pradesh during the current financial year of 2015-16.
India’s Largest Defence Facility Comes To Anantapur
Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) announced this year that it will be setting up a large defence systems integration complex at Palasamudram in Anantapur District. An investment of Rs 500 Cr will be channeled for the same over the next 3 to 4 years.
Asus Teams Up With Foxconn At Sri City
Asus, the Taiwanese smartphone maker collaborated with Foxconn. The duo started local manufacturing of smartphones at Sri City in Andhra Pradesh this year, with the manufacturing of Zenfone 2 Laser, follwed by ZenFone Go.
Amaravati Foundation Ceremony Invitation Card Out
The Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh Sri N Chandrababu Naidu unveiled the first peek of Amaravati Foundation Ceremony invitation card. The card looked classy and tasteful, with an emblem of Lotus medallion of Amaravati Stupa.
Essel Group Plans On Developing Integrated Resort City In AP
Mana Matti Mana Neeru – CM Collects Soil and Water For Foundation Ceremony
Calling on his men of Andhra Pradesh, the Chief Minister Mr Naidu collected soil and water from his native village to embark on the ‘Mana Matti – Mana Amaravati’ program. This event precedes the oncoming prestigious event of capital foundation ceremony, which will rewrite history for the state.
My Brick My Amaravati – Your Chance to Invest In AP’s New Capital City
As part of promoting the building of new capital city Amaravati, the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh Sri N Chandrababu Naidu launched the ‘My Brick – My Amaravati’ program.
As part of the program, investors have donated for Amaravati by buying number of bricks. The cost of each brick is listed on the exclusive web portal by AP government, www.amaravati.gov.in. People from all over the world came forward to invest and contribute to the building of the state’s biggest capital city that will recreate history.
Mana Matti, Mana Neeru in Bezawada
A special program for Mana Matti Mana Neeru was conducted at PWD Grounds of Vijayawada on 19 Oct 2015. The turnout and the response to the cause was amazing, particularly from the villages of Andhra Pradesh. The campaign that was initiated by AP Govt for the foundation of New Amaravati received great traction with people bringing soil and water from their respective villages.
CM Mixes State’s Holy Water and Soil With Amaravati
Chief Minister Sri N Chandrababu Naidu performed the ritual of mixing the holy soil and water collected from the state with the soil of Amaravati. The CM expressed his rising emotions on social media after performing the holy deed.
Historic Moment – Amaravati Resurrected As AP’s New Capital City
Foundation stone was laid for the new capital Amaravati on 22nd October 2015 at 12:45 PM , by the Prime Minister Sri Narendra Modi. There was a breeze of euphoria as the ancient capital city of Andhra Pradesh rose once again, to rule.
MoC Signed Between Japanese State Ministry and Govt of AP
A vital memorandum of Cooperation was signed between Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and AP Government this year.
LED Revolution In Andhra Pradesh
The LED revolution picked a fast momentum in Andhra Pradesh. After Vizag and Vizianagaram along with other districts that saw LED lighting in phase 1, Chittoor saw the new dawn of low cost LED lights.
Antarvedi Dredging Harbour Project Begins
Cambridge University Comes To Amaravati
Cambridge University, one of the most reputed educational institutions in the world decided to establish one of its campuses in Amavarati this year.
After Foxconn, Lava International Gears Up For AP
After the global player Foxconn commenced operations at Sri City, another Indian mobile phone maker, Lava International is all set to come to the recently inaugurated Tirupati plant.
Guinness World Record For Mana Amaravati Campaign
Amaravati, the new capital of Andhra Pradesh, made its way to the Guinness Book of World Records for an exceptional feat. Chief Minister Chandrbabu Naidu’s “My Brick My Amaravati’ campaign to global arena had fetched a tremendous traction, collecting record number of unique donors ever towards building a new capital.
Netherlands Sets Eyes On Andhra Pradesh
Netherlands joined the elite list of foreign investors looking to set up their investment base in Andhra Pradesh.
Oppo’s Trial Run Begins at Foxconn’s Facility In Sri City
Following the new league of global mobile manufacturers setting up their base in Andhra Pradesh as part of ‘Make in India’ initiative, Oppo, the Chinese handset manufacturer joined the illustrious list. Oppo commenced trail runs to manufacture their mobile phones in the Foxconn’s new facility at Sri City Special Economic Zone in Chittoor district.
Australia Keen On Working With AP
Australia expresses interest to work with AP in fishing, diary & mining sectors. To this effect, a meeting was held between CM Chandrababu Naidu and Australian Minister for Energy, Citizenship and Multicultural Interests, Mike Nahan. In a meeting with Australian Minister for Energy, Citizenship and Multicultural Interests, Mike Nahan, Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu was informed that the country is interested to work with the Government of Andhra Pradesh in fishing, diary and mining sectors.
CM’s Day Out In The Flood Affected Nellore
CM spends a day in Nellore, interacts with people in the flood-hit areas. Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu spent his day reviewing relief operations in flood-hit areas of Nellore district.
Karbonn To Set Up 200 Cr Manufacturing Plant At Tirupati
Karbonn joined the illustrious list of ‘Make In India’ initiative. The leading domestic handset vendor had announced to invest Rs 200 cr to set up a manufacturing plant at the new electronics hub in Tirupati. This hub will also have facility for other brands such as Lava, Celkon and Micromax.
AP Becomes The 1st State to Have Breakthrough Global Competitiveness Index (GCI)
World Economic Forum stepped up to support Andhra Pradesh in assessing state’s competitiveness. The World Economic Forum and the government of Andhra Pradesh signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will enable the state government to assess competitiveness.
AP Gears Up To Become Medical Equipment Manufacturing Hub
Andhra Pradesh took the new tangent towards the medical equipment manufacturing industry. To this effect, CM Sri N Chandrababu Naidu called on all the medical equipment manufacturers to the state.
World Telugu Museum is Inaugurated
CM Sri N Chandrababu Naidu has inaugurated World Telugu Museum in Vizag yesterday on 19 Nov 2015. In what will be a first-of-its kind centre reflecting Telugu language’s culture and richness, the World Telugu Museum was unveiled atop the famous Kailasagiri in Vizag.
ITC, Mahindra, Walmart Etc Collaborate For AP
AP state government signed pact with close to 16 companies, and this list includes some major names. Companies like ITC, Mahindra & Mahindra, Olam Agro and Walmart have come forward to collaborate with Andhra Pradesh to market products under the DWCRA scheme.
Vijayawada Metro Rail Project Gets a Major Financial Push
The Vijayawada Metro Rail Project sees a financial push. AP state government has now finalized a major chunk of investment for the construction of two corridors of 26.03 km Vijayawada Metro Rail Project .
The Special Purpose Vehicle – Amaravati Metro Rail Corporation Ltd., that has been formed to implement the project at a cost of Rs.6,769 crore has now prepared a preliminary project report for bilateral financial cooperation. This report has been outlined with the help from the consultants who are a part of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation.
World’s Best Architects Vie to Design Govt Buildings in Amaravati
In a meeting with world’s best architects, Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu elaborated about his vision of Amaravati. “The Government Buildings shouldn’t remain just some infrastructures in the Capital but should become the landmark buildings which tourists can visit,” the Chief Minister, said, adding that the construction of Amaravati, India’s newest city, is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
Kuwait’s Al Afroz Group Plans To Invest In Amaravati
Evincing interest in investing in establishing power stations and other gas-based industries in the energy sector, Kuwait’s Al Afroz Group Holdings has come forward to make some potent investments in Amaravati.
Israel Sets Its Sight on Vizag & Amaravati
Israel offered its expertise into cyber security, IT, water management, agriculture, biotechnology, pharma, and fisheries, collaborating with AP Govt. It has also showed keen interest in taking part in the development of Visakhapatnam as the future smart city and Amaravati as the new capital of the State.
AP Govt Signs MoU with Malaysia’s PEMANDU
The Government of Andhra Pradesh has signed a partnership agreement with Performance Management and Delivery Unit (PEMANDU), Prime Minister’s Department, Malaysia this year.
Foundation Stone Laid for AIIMS Mangalagiri
Andhra Pradesh Money Lenders Bill Passed
The new Andhra Pradesh Money Lenders Bill, which was moved by the Deputy Chief Minister, Home, N Chinna Rajappam, was passed by the Assembly.
Andhra Pradesh Money Lenders Bill states that money lending cannot be done without a license, and the government may, from time to time, specify the maximum rate of interest chargeable by money lenders in any local area.
Satya Nadella Signs MoU With Andhra Pradesh
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella met the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Sri N Chandrababu Naidu in December over breakfast and signed MoU with the AP government towards establishing a technologically advanced and knowledge-based economy.