Amaravathi is an upcoming city in the south Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. It was founded (announced) by former Chief minister of Andhra Pradesh N. Chandrababu Naidu in the year 2014, to be the executive and Greenfield Administrative Capital City and the de facto seat of government of the state, post the formation of the state of Telangana.
Amaravathi city was planned to be built with effective, sustainability and liveability principles. The city is built in allotted space on the banks of river Krishna in the Guntur District of the state. The space was specifically selected as it happened to (almost) be the geographical center of the state.
It was planned to include navigation canals around it, as it is located near the Krishna River, connecting to one of the river’s islands. The state’s government has reportedly envisaged an investment of 2–4 billion USD for the development of this city.
The foundation stone for this city was laid by Mr. Narendra Modi (the Prime Minister of India) at a ceremonial event in the nearby village of Uddandarayunipalem on 22 October 2015.
In 2019, N. Chandrababu Naidu was replaced by YS Jagan Mohan Reddy (who belongs to an opposition party) as the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, and the plans that were initially made for Amaravathi by the former were subsequently changed. The works (worth thousands of crores of rupees, and under various different stages construction) on the new city were halted for quite some time, with people, including farmers who collectively gave up to a total 34000 acres of land to the city and businesses that had planned business offices here in a state of panic as to what will happen of the city.
Finally, YS Jagan’s government announced three capitals for the state of Andhra Pradesh, which includes –
and passed a proposal to complete all the unfinished works in Amaravathi and develop it as a major metropolitan region.