In a brainstorming session on the details of the foundation laying ceremony of Amaravati on October 22nd, the government is exploring the inclusion of a unique crowdfunding initiative which will be launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
During a meeting at the CM Camp Office in Vijayawada, Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu was informed that the crowdfunding initiative will have a digital brick through which people can have their names engraved on it and make a contribution to the new capital from any place in the world. “This will bring a sense of ownership of the Capital,” the Chief Minister explained.
Given that many enthusiastic people from the state would be willing to attend the event, the Chief Minister has asked to expand the capacity of the event to over one lakh people.
The event will also have a special performance called “Raithu Vandanam” thanking farmers for their contribution to the Capital. “This will also involve farmers from the villages and artists,” the Chief Minister was informed.
Stating that the event (foundation laying) has to be celebrated across the world by all Telugus, the Chief Minister directed officials to ensure that all the pots in which the soil from 16,000 villages are placed in a space which will retain the holiness with which they have been brought to the venue.
“Kids of future generations should come to the spot and understand the contributions made by their ancestors. This spot should be the most peaceful place in the state,” the Chief Minister added.
The Capital, according to the Chief Minister should reflect the blue and green theme, indicating water and greenery. “The People’s Capital will be a symbol of sustainability and simultaneously, reflect the historic roots to Buddhism,” he added.
The Amaravati Pavilion which will give a peek into history and future of the Capital will also have ‘Time Capsule’ with a series of events, narrating how “Amaravati – the People’s Capital” came into being.
Ministers Devineni Umamaheswara Rao, Kamineni Srinivas, Prathipati Pulla Rao, CRDA Commissioner N. Srikanth, collectors of Krishna and Guntur districts, Commissioner of Police (Vijayawada) Gautam Sawang and other officials were present.