Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu formally announced that the new capital city will be named as 'Amaravati’. He said this decision was endorsed at the state cabinet meeting unanimously. The new capital region is located on the banks of river Krishna, between Guntur and Vijayawada cities. It will be about 20 kms away from historical pilgrim and yesteryear capital of Shatavanas town to 18th century chieftains and kings , Amaravati. He said this decision was taken in view of historical importance attached to Amaravathi.
With a 400 years history of Telugus also is a prominent religious place for Hindus, besides a prominent Buddhist relic where last Kalachakra was held in 2007.This was also the place visited by Goutham Buddha,Chinese legendary traveler Huen Tsang and also King Ashoka, he said. The Cabinet also gave a nod to the first phase of the master plan of the capital city prepared by Singapore government agencies.
According to the draft master plan prepared by Surbana and Jurong, that were entrusted with the task by the Singapore government, Naidu showcased Vijayawada/capital city areas as business and trading hub in IT, ITes, electronics, auto and agriculture-processing and Guntur as an agriculture-trading hub, processing and textile. While Vijayawada, Tadepalli, Mangalagiri and Tullur are shown as part of the mega world-class capital city, Amaravati and Guntur are not part of the mega-city area.