Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone for Andhra Pradesh's new capital Amaravati in a village in Guntur district amid Vijaya Dasami celebrations on Thursday.

Modi and Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu performed the rituals of laying the foundation stone for a 'world-class' city and 'people's capital'.

The inauguration ceremony, held at Uddandarayunipalem village on the banks of river Krishna, was attended by more than four lakh people, Advisor (Communications) to the state government Parakala Prabhakar told PTI.

Addressing the massive gathering, Modi once again promised to fulfil in letter and spirit all the commitments made in the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, IANS reported.

"Be assured this pair of Chandrababu Naidu and Modi will achieve in time-bound manner the commitments made and fulfil the dreams of Andhra," he said.

The state government expected Modi to make announcement of their demands for special category status to Andhra Pradesh, however, the prime minister did not speak about it at all.

The programme began around 12:45 pm with foundation laying ceremony, followed by cultural programmes, including Kuchipudi dance performances.


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1:06 pm: AP CM Chandrababu Naidu felicitates Telangana CM KC Rao in Amaravati, Andhra Pradesh.

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PM Narendra Modi reaches Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh; will lay foundation stone of Amaravati, Andhra Pradesh today.

— ANI (@ANI_news) October 22, 2015

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During the event, Modi will be acquainted with the 'past, present and future' of historical, mythological and cultural significance of Amaravati, which was ruled by the Satavahana dynasty in ancient times.

The Prime Minister will then head to the Tirupati airport, where he will inaugurate a new passenger terminal, constructed with a cost of Rs 190 crore. He will also lay the foundation stone for a mobile phone manufacturing hub that will be constructed close to the airport.

He will then offer prayers at Venkateswara Swamy Temple situated in the hill town of Tirumala, for the first time after taking charge of the Central government in May last year. More than 4,000 personnel have been deployed in Tirumala in the wake of Modi's visit to the temple, ANI reported.

Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has personally invited Modi, several Union ministers, Governor ESL Narasimhan and Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao and many others to participate in the inaugural event.

Ministers and delegations from Singapore and Japan are also expected to attend the event.

According to the Singapore government plan's, Amravati will be a three-layered capital -- the seed capital, capital city and capital region. The Central government will invest Rs 10,000 in the construction of legislature buildings.

The state government has estimated a total cost of Rs 20,000 crore for the construction of Andhra Pradesh's new capital.