Amaravathi, the new capital of Andhra Pradesh, is situated for a gigantic tourism facelift. The recent Andhra Nagari has been chosen for execution of the Centrally-supported HRIDAY (Heritage Development and Augmentation Yojana) and the Tourism Ministry’s PRASAD (Pilgrimage Rejuvenation and Spiritual Augmentation Drive).
The nearby tourism powers expect to chalk out a thorough arrangement to add to the spot with trusts to the tune of Rs. 92.6 crore under HRIDAY which will be dovetailed with PRASAD. “Trusts to the tune of Rs. 70 crore have been dispensed under journey revival plan while an extra Rs. 22.6 crore have been authorized under the legacy advancement program. The legislature has named KPMG as the advisor to set up an itemized report which is required to be submitted in a week,” said Amarendra Kumar, Executive Director (Projects), Andhra Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (APTDC).
Amaravathi is among 12 urban communities chose for usage of the Heritage Development and Augmentation Yojana in the first stage. Alternate urban areas are — Warangal, Kanchipuram, Vellankani, Ajmer, Amritsar, Badami, Dwarka, Gaya, Puri, Mathura and Varanasi.
HRIDAY is the Central government’s goal-oriented Rs. 500-crore venture released to save and secure the rich social legacy of the nation. “We can’t advance disregarding our social legacy and legacy. HRIDAY is a stage towards restoring the spirit of urban areas with rich legacy,” said Mr. Amarendra Kumar.
HRIDAY tries to advance an incorporated, comprehensive and supportable improvement of legacy locales, concentrating on upkeep of landmarks as well as on headway of the whole environment including its nationals, sightseers and nearby organizations.
Amaravathi, situated in Guntur area of Andhra Pradesh, is otherwise called Punyakshetra or Amareswaram. It was the capital of Satavahanas, the first extraordinary Andhra rulers, who ruled from the 2nd century BCE to the 3rd century CE, after the ruin of the Maurya Empire.
The city’s fabricated legacy incorporates the well known Amareswara sanctuary (devoted to Lord Siva and display as a 15 ft. high white marble Siva lingam), Mahachaitya (The Great Stupa, assembled around the 2nd century, with unpredictable carvings that delineate the life and teachings of Lord Buddha) and Buddhist models and chunks with Buddhist engraving.