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  1. May 21, 2015

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    Amaravathi to get tourism facelift worth Rs. 93 crore

    Amaravathi, the new capital of Andhra Pradesh, is set for a huge tourism facelift. The erstwhile Andhra Nagari has been selected for implementation of the Centrally-sponsored HRIDAY (Heritage Development and Augmentation Yojana) and the Tourism Ministry’s PRASAD (Pilgrimage Rejuvenation and Spiritual Augmentation Drive).

    The local tourism authorities intend to chalk out a comprehensive plan to develop the place with funds to the tune of Rs. 92.6 crore under HRIDAY which will be dovetailed with PRASAD. “Funds to the tune of Rs. 70 crore have been allocated under pilgrimage rejuvenation scheme while an additional Rs. 22.6 crore have been sanctioned under the heritage development programme. The government has appointed KPMG as the consultant to prepare a detailed report which is expected to be submitted in a week,” said Amarendra Kumar, Executive Director (Projects), Andhra Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (APTDC).

    Amaravathi is among 12 cities selected for implementation of the Heritage Development and Augmentation Yojana in the first phase. The other cities are, Warangal, Kanchipuram, Vellankani, Ajmer, Amritsar, Badami, Dwarka, Gaya, Puri, Mathura and Varanasi.

    HRIDAY is the Central government’s ambitious Rs. 500-crore project launched to conserve and protect the rich cultural heritage of the country. “We cannot move forward ignoring our cultural heritage and legacy. HRIDAY is a step towards reviving the soul of cities with rich heritage,” said Mr. Amarendra Kumar.

    HRIDAY seeks to promote an integrated, inclusive and sustainable development of heritage sites, focusing not just on maintenance of monuments but also on advancement of the entire ecosystem including its citizens, tourists and local businesses.

    Amaravathi, located in Guntur district, is also known as Punyakshetra or Amareswaram.

    It was the capital of Satavahanas, the first great Andhra kings, who ruled from the 2nd century BCE to the 3rd century CE, after the downfall of the Maurya Empire.

    The city’s built heritage includes the famous Amareswara temple (dedicated to Lord Siva and present in the form of a 15 ft. high white marble Siva lingam), Mahachaitya (The Great Stupa, built around the 2nd century, with intricate carvings that depict the life and teachings of Lord Buddha) and Buddhist sculptures and slabs with Buddhist inscriptions.


    The local tourism authorities intend to chalk out a comprehensive plan to develop the place with funds to the tune of Rs. 92.6 crore under HRIDAY which will be dovetailed with PRASAD
     
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    Bringing Back Old statues from Chennai

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  3. Dec 6, 2015

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    AP Vows to Bring Back Amaravati Artefacts from Brit Museum
    By Express News Service
    Published: 06th December 2015 06:27 AM
    Last Updated: 06th December 2015 06:27 AM


    GUNTUR: Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu and Union Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu have promised to take measures for bringing back several precious artefacts and sculptures belonging to the ancient Amaravati from the British Museum in London.

    “The Britishers not only looted our nation’s wealth, but also took away the artecrafts from the historic town of Amaravati. I have already consulted with the Chief Minister and took the issue to the notice of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi asking him to take necessary steps to bring back the artecrafts being displayed in the British Museum,” Venkaiah Naidu said.

    The Union minister, along with the Chief Minister, launched the National Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojana (HRIDAY) scheme as well as the Pilgrimage Rejuvenation and Spirituality Augmentation Drive (PRASAD) scheme at Amaravati in Guntur district on Saturday. They also laid the foundation-stone for `21.5 crore integrated water scheme intended to supply drinking water to 39 villages under Pedakurapadu and Tadikonda Assembly constituencies.

    As part of the first phase of HRIDAY scheme, the Union government sanctioned funds to the tune of ` 22.26 crore for the development of Amaravati. Similarly, the Centre sanctioned `28.36 crore under PRASAD scheme.

    Addressing a public gathering on the occasion, the Union Minister, who handed over the funds sanction letter to the Chief Minister, said the Centre altogether sanctioned `60.62 crore to Amaravati under both the schemes and sought the latter to sanction another `50 crore on behalf of the state government for the allround development of the town.

    On the occasion, he also underlined the need for providing the best connectivity to the ancient Amaravai with the new Amaravati (the new capital of the state). Detailing the historic importance of Amaravati, he said it was the place that visited by Gautama Buddha several centuries ago and from where Acharya Nagarjuna launched the propagation of Buddhism.

    Speaking on the occasion, Chandrababu Naidu said they would develop the ancient Amaravati in such manner that all those visiting the state’s new capital city would also make a visit to the historic town. The articrats belonging to Amaravati lying in British Museum in London, as well as in Tamil Nadu, will be brought the back, he said.

    “No doubt, it is going to be one of the best historic city,” he maintained.

    Promising to sanction `50 crore for development of Amaravati as sought by Venkaiah Naidu, he said the government would complete the Jnana Buddha project at the earliest.

    He further appealed to those farmers, who approached court refusing to part their lands to an extent of 16 acres for the Buddhist circuit, to withdraw the petitions and cooperate with the government for the expansion of the project, which will come in handy for expansion of tourism sector in the town. He said the government would take its own steps in case the farmers show reluctance.

    On the occasion, he also announced R Mallikarjuna Rao as special officer of the Jnana Buddha project. The Chief Minister promised to construct a lift irrigation scheme at Bodhanam to provide irrigation water to villages under Pedakurapadu constituency by drawing water from Pulichintala project.

    Deputy Chief Minister N Chinnarajappa, ministers P Pulla Rao, D Umamaheswara Rao and Kamineni Srinivas, Visakhapatnam BJP M K Haribabu, Narasaraopet MP Rayapati Sambasiva Rao, Pedakurapadu MLA K Sridhar and others were present.

    source:http://www.newindianexpress.com/sta...rom-Brit-Museum/2015/12/06/article3163572.ece
     
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    Amaravati - Mega Tourism

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    Kondapalli Tourism

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    Kondaveedu Museum

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