In a Capital Advisory Committee meeting held in Vijayawada today, Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu reviewed the status of works for the Foundation-laying ceremony on October 22nd.
He informed the Committee that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given his nod to attend the event.
“The location where the foundation stone will be laid should be Vaastu compliant and a picturesque spot. In future, it will become the nerve centre of Andhra Pradesh, signifying river-linking and a spot where soil from all mandals will be mixed with the soil of Amaravati,” the Chief Minister said, after he was informed that the river-front location of one of the three identified units of the SEED capital came up for discussion.
The Chief Minister suggested developing the location into a public space. “This could have an exhibition from portraying Amaravati’s past to what it is in the present to what it will be in the future,” he added.
Stating that the “Birth of Amaravati – the People’s Capital” should be a spectacular extravaganza that should create an emotional bond with people of Andhra Pradesh, the Chief Minister said every citizen of the state should participate in capital building.
During the brainstorming session for the October 22nd, the Chief Minister said sarpanches from all the mandals could carry the soil from there and culminate into a massive congregation in the Capital Region. “The soil brought from all the mandals across the state could be mixed with the Amaravati soil to establish an emotional connection. The soil will be brought in a Purnakumbham after a pooja (to signify divinity). All the Purnakumbhams then could be formed into a massive sculpture or an idol, signifying the contribution of people to the People’s Capital or may be into Bodhi tree, reflecting its connection with Buddhism . Let us come up with different ideas and finalize them” he added.
Pointing out that officials cannot relegate themselves to focusing only on the October 22nd-event, the Chief Minister also said that immediate beautification works of VGTM areas also should begin.
“Bring in uniform colour-coding and illumination across the state. We can also build momentum to the campaign by clubbing the celebration with Dasara’s Navarati as a build up to the main event. This will also add a cultural spin to the event, retaining our tradition and bringing in a festive mood” he added.
From a gigantic exhibition to an Amaradwaram with farmers’ names (who gave their lands for the capital) imprinted on it to a massive Amaravati Pavilion, the event comprise of everything. The event is being planned for 1000 VIPs and 50,000 general audience by an event management company. Every detail is being curated carefully, the Chief Minister was informed.
During the meeting, MP Galla Jayadev, GVK’s Sanjay Reddy, GMR Group’s Srinivas, Sri City’s Srini Raju and Mandava Prabhakar of Nuziveedu Seeds also pitched their opinions to the Chief Minister through a video-conference.
Galla Jayadev suggested that “Amaravati should be the model for India yet retain its cultural hue.”
Sanjay Reddy suggested that the moment should be made memorable for every person from the state. “People could either wear a single colour (including NRIs, etc)… everyone should feel they have contributed and say it is their capital. Not only that, but India, should feel proud about such a city.”
Ministers P. Narayana, Kamineni Srinivas, P. Pulla Rao, Devineni Umamaheswara Rao, Special Chief Secretary (Forests) AK Parida, Secretary (Infrastructure, Energy and Investments) Ajay Jain, CRDA Commissioner N. Srikanth, collectors of Krishna and Guntur districts, heads of departments and other officials were present in the meeting.