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The Dhyana Budha at Amaravathi
The Dhyana Budha at Amaravathi
Amaravati is located in Andhra Pradesh
Amaravati is located in India
Location of Amaravati in Andhra Pradesh, India
Coordinates: 16°32′28″N 80°30′54″E / 16.541°N 80.515°E / 16.541; 80.515Coordinates: 16°32′28″N 80°30′54″E / 16.541°N 80.515°E / 16.541; 80.515
Country India
State Andhra Pradesh
Districts Guntur
 • Type Regional Authority
 • Body APCRDA
 • City 217.23 km2 (83.87 sq mi)
 • Metro[2] 8,352.69 km2 (3,224.99 sq mi)
Population (2011)[3]
 • City 103,000
 • Metro[4] 5.8 million
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
Pincode(s) 520 xxx, 521 xxx, 522 xxx
Area code(s) Telephone numbers in India
Vehicle registration AP 07 , AP 16
Official languages Telugu
Website Amaravati official website

Amaravati is the de facto capital city of the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.[5] The planned city is located on the southern banks of the Krishna river in Guntur district, within the Andhra Pradesh Capital Region.[6][7] The foundation stone was laid on 22 October 2015, at Uddandarayunipalem area by the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi.[8] The city of Guntur, and the metropolitan area of Vijayawada are the major conurbations of Amaravati.[9]


Prime Minister Narendra Modi lays foundation stone of Amaravati

The word Amaravati translates as the the place for immortals.[10]


The present capital area has its own historical significance of having recorded its first ever legislation 2,200 years ago.[11] As per the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act (2014), Hyderabad became the capital of the then newly formed state of Telangana, post bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh. However, Hyderabad would remain as the joint capital of both states for a period of time not exceeding ten years. Hence, Amaravati is thus being built to serve as the capital of Andhra Pradesh.[12]


The foundation for the city was laid at Uddandarayunipalem on 22 October 2015. The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi; the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, N. Chandrababu Naidu; the Chief Minister of Telangana, Kalvakuntla Chandrashekar Rao; the Japanese minister for economy trade and industry, Yosuke Takagi; and the Singaporean Minister for Trade and Industry, S. Iswaran laid the foundation for the city.[8][13]

De facto state capital[edit]

As of October 2016, the majority of departments and officials of the Andhra Pradesh State Government are now functioning from interim facilities located in the Velagapudi area of Amaravati, with only a skeleton staff remaining behind in Hyderabad.[14] The Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, N Chandrababu Naidu began working from Velagapudi in April 2016. The Andhra Pradesh Legislature remained in Hyderbad until March 2017, when it relocated to newly constructed interim legislative buildings in Velagapudi.[15]


The city is being built in Guntur district, on the banks of the Krishna River. The city will be 12 kilometres (7.5 mi) south-west of Vijayawada and 24 kilometres (15 mi) north of Guntur.[16]


Map showing Amaravati in Andhra Pradesh Capital Region, spread across Guntur and Krishna districts


Amaravati is an Urban Notified Area and its urban planning activities are undertaken by the Andhra Pradesh Capital Region Development Authority.[17] The Andhra Pradesh Secretariat at Velagapudi is the administrative block for the employees of the state government.[18]

Jurisdiction and planning

The capital city is spread over an area of 217.23 km2 (83.87 sq mi),[19] and will comprise villages (including some hamlets) from three mandals viz., Mangalagiri, Thullur and Tadepalle.[1] While, the seed capital is spread over an area of 16.94 km2 (6.54 sq mi).[20]

The table below lists the denotified villages and hamlets under their respective mandals, which became a part of the capital city.[1]

Mandal name Settlements
Thullur mandal Abbarajupalem, Ainavolu, Ananthavaram, Borupalem, Dondapadu, Kondarajupalem (de-populated), Lingayapalem (including Modugulankapalem hamlets), Malkapuram, Mandadam (Tallayapalem hamlets), Nekkallu, Nelapadu, Pitchikalapalem, Rayapudi, Sakhamuru, Thulluru, Uddandarayunipalem, Velagapudi, Venkatapalem
Mangalagiri mandal Krishnayapalem, Nidamarru, Kuragallu (including
Nerukonda hamlets), Nowlur (including
Yerrabalem &
Bethapudi hamlets)
Tadepalle mandal Penumaka, Tadepalle (M) (Part)
(Nulakapet, Dolas Nagar etc.), Undavalli


  • M – Municipality
  • The names in brackets are the hamlet villages of the respective settlement.


Mangalagiri Sarees and Fabrics produced in Mangalagiri mandal,[21] a part of the state capital, were registered as one of the geographical indications from Andhra Pradesh.[22] HCL Technologies, an IT firm would set up one of its centres in Vijayawada.[23][24]


Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT-AP) is the first university to set up its campus in Amaravati.[25] SRM University,[26] Amrita University, Amity and Indo-UK Institute of Health (IUIH) in collaboration with the King’s College, London are among the others to set up their campus.[27][28][29][30]


Vijayawada-Amaravathi road at Penumaka

Public transport[edit]

The buses operated by APSRTC from Pandit Nehru Bus Station of Vijayawada and NTR bus station of Guntur, connects the cities with the state capital.[31][32]


The Amaravati seed capital road is an arterial flyover road under construction to access the core capital area.[33] The Vijayawada-Amaravati road connect the city with Vijayawada.[34] Two new depots, North and South of APSRTC are proposed to be constructed in the city.[35]


A proposed Amaravati highspeed circular railway line would connect the city with the nearby cities of Vijayawada, Guntur and Tenali,[36] extending up to a length of 105 km (65 mi) with an estimated cost of 100 billion (US$1.6 billion).[37]


Vijayawada International Airport[38] is the nearest airport to the city and also under proposal to be named after the capital as NTR Amaravati Airport.[39]

See also[edit]


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  3. ^ "CRDA eyes CSR funds to push job potential in capital city". Times of India. Guntur. 1 July 2015. Retrieved 18 August 2015. 
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  12. ^ "The Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, 2014" (PDF). AP Reorganisation Portal. New Delhi: The Gazette of India Extraordinary. 1 March 2014. Retrieved 9 February 2015. 
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  37. ^ Reporter, Staff. "Circular rail line for Amaravati approved". The Hindu. Retrieved 11 January 2017. 
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