Amaravati is the capital city of the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. It is a newly planned city which derives its name from the ancient Amaravathi town located in Guntur district. Newly planned city of Amaravati along with neighboring Vijayawada, Guntur and Tenali forms the Metropolitan region of Amaravati namely Andhra Pradesh Capital Region which is the largest populated region of Andhra Pradesh state with a population of 5.8 million as of 2011 census which is governed by APCRDA. The capital city of Amaravati is a new city planned in Thullur mandal and is different from the historical Buddhist town of Amaravathi. Amaravati region is an important part and ruled by many kingdoms from ancient history. Amaravati was the capital city for Satavahana kings and Vasireddy Venkatadri Nayudu.
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.
The State government has initiated the Singapore-based Ascendas-Singbridge and Sembcorp Development consortium for the capital city construction. The new capital city’s infrastructure will be developed in 7-8 years in phases, at an estimated cost of ₹33,000 crore.
Nine themed cities are part of capital city. Pi Data Centre, 4th largest of its kind in Asia, with an investment of ₹600 crore (US$92 million) and Pi Care Services, a healthcare BPO were inaugurated at Mangalagiri IT park. IT firms like HCL Technologies,VMware would set up one of its centres in Amaravati.
BRS Medicity with an investment of $1.8 billion to come up in Amaravati.Mangalagiri Sarees and Fabrics produced in Mangalagiri mandal, a part of the state capital, were registered as one of the geographical indications from Andhra Pradesh.
SRM University, AP and Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT-AP) had already begun the classes in their respective campus in Amaravati. 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.
A proposed Amaravati highspeed circular railway line would connect the city with the nearby cities of Vijayawada, Guntur and Tenali, extending up to a length of 105 km (65 mi) with an estimated cost of ₹10,000 crore (US$1.5 billion).
The closest existing railway stations are Krishna Canal and Mangalagiri.
The Vijayawada International Airport at Gannavaram serves the capital region by providing air connectivity to destinations across the country.