Narasaraopet, a sleepy town in Guntur district with rich culture and heritage, will be abuzz with activity for three days from Friday for centenary celebrations of the municipality.
VVIPs and VIPs will find their way to this gateway of the Palnadu dynasty to attend the mega event being hosted by Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly Speaker Kodela Siva Prasad Rao. Located at the divine feet of Lord Trikoteswara Swamy at the renowned Kotappa Konda, Narasaraopet - originally known as Atluru - derived its name from Malraju Venkata Narasa Rao, a wealthy landlord who owned much of the surrounding areas.
The town is a major commercial trading centre in coastal Andhra Pradesh and has educational institutes, including Sri Subbaraya and Narayana College. Kodela Siva Prasad, a product of this great educational institution which was the only degree college once in the whole region, spoke exclusively to Metro India here. "We are planning to convert this town into a heaven on earth providing all the facilities to the denizens that are available in the top rated cities," he said.
“The entire town is illuminated with even the remotest corners welcoming the guests with flash lights. It is a festive season for the people of Narasaraopet as the three days will be celebrated on a massive scale," he said. Though roads were already being widened, Kodela said that the whole project costing Rs 250 crore would take at least one-and-a-half year to complete works. The three-day mega event will showcase the rich culture and traditions of the town.
Narasaraopet was declared a municipality on May 18, 1915 and was upgraded into grade-I municipality in 1980. The three-day mega event that is being celebrated to mark the centenary of this civic body will witness the presence of Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, Union ministers M Venkaiah Naidu, Ashok Gajapathi Raju and Sujana Chowdary besides Governor E S L Narasimhan, who will attend the closing ceremony on December 13.
Kodela, who was elected MLA from Narasaraopet Assembly segment for five consecutive terms from 1983 to 1999, now represents Sattenapalli in the House. He is personally supervising all the arrangements being made for the fete. Narasaraopet and its surroundings are a part of the territory which was ruled by Satavahanas, Ikshvakus, Chalukyas, Cholas, Kakatiyas and Reddy kings of Kondaveedu. Narasaraopet is the home town of several dignitaries who have held high positions in the State.
The citizens here give the entire credit for developing the town to Kodela. He too acknowledges it. "As an MLA I have done my best for the development of the town. My priority is to first change the mindset of the people without which any developmental activities will not yield desired results," he said.