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Andhra Pradesh gets 3 Greenfield Airports!
CBN’s dream of making Andhra Pradesh an aviation hub received a major boost with the Civil Aviation Ministry led by Ashok Gajapathi Raju giving approval for three Greenfield airports in Andhra Pradesh.
The site clearance, which is the first clearance, was given on Monday for the Bhogapuram airport in Andhra Pradesh which is about 40 km from Vizag. The Ministry has also given clearance for a Greenfield airport in Nellore and Kurnool d...istricts of Andhra Pradesh under a public-private partnership. The two airports are expected to be "no-frills airports".
CBN’s Government had earlier announced a separate aviation policy in order to boost investments and infrastructure in the state. The state is also proposing to set up AP Regional Airport Development Fund with an initial corpus of Rs. 100 crore. Andhra Pradesh offers 100% stamp duty exemption on land purchase and 100% reimbursement of electricity duty for the developers.
What is a Greenfield airport?
A Greenfield airport is typically built from scratch on an undeveloped piece of land usually outside a city. Greenfield Airport is a term used to identify a new airport, built from scratch in a new location. Similar projects that are made through simply modifying and upgrading the existing facility are called brownfield projects.

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NEW CAPITAL OF ANDHRA PRADESH

Amaravati is the proposed riverfront capital city of the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. It is located on the southern banks of the River Krishna in Guntur and Krishna districts. The new city will cover an area of 217.23 sq. km., within the Andhra Pradesh Capital Region. The foundation stone of the planned city was laid at Uddandarayunipalem village of Guntur district by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 22 October 2015. The cities of Guntur and V...ijayawada are the major suburbs of the city.

Back Ground

As per the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act (2014), Hyderabad became the capital of the newly formed state Telangana, following the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh. Amaravati is thus being built to serve as the capital of Andra Pradesh now that Hyderabad will no longer be located in the state. However, Hyderabad would remain the joint capital of both states for a period of time not exceeding ten years until the development of the new capital is complete.

Foundation

he foundation for the city was laid at Uddandarayunipalem on 22 October 2015. The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, N. Chandrababu Naidu, 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

Location and planning

Phase–I of the new capital city will comprise 31 villages (including some hamlets) in three mandals viz., Mangalagiri, Thullur and Tadepalle. It is to be built on 217.23 square kilometres (83.87 sq mi) of land in Guntur district, on the banks of the Krishna River. The city will be 12 kilometres (7.5 mi) south-west of Vijayawada city and 24 kilometres (15 mi) north of Guntur City.

The construction of the new city would cost about $4 billion, with the central government contributing significantly. The current proposed site covers 30 villages spreading over 14,200 hectares. The city is supposed to be an example of a "smart city," with fiber optic connectivity and smart infrastructure systems

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East Godavari district:

education and visiting places:

There are numerous educational institutes with District Institute of Education and Training (DIET) in Rajahmundry, established in 1989 for the benefit of teacher trainees and in-service teachers. There are many educational institutions that provide education in different fields such as Engineering, Medical, Law, Pharmacy, Polytechnic and Postgraduate colleges etc. Some of the notable universities, colleges are Rangaraya ...Medical College in Kakinada, GSKM Law College, Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Law, SK College of Nursing, Bonam Venkata Chalamayya Group of Institutions, Kakinada Institute of Engineering & Technology, Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Kakinada etc. In addition to the above listed, the District has lot of B.Ed colleges, Pharma and intermediate colleges.

East Godavari has many visiting places such as Historical Temples, Natural beauty and Nurseries etc. The historical temples are located at Annavaram, Antharvedi, Draksharamam, Kotipalli, Pithapuram, Rajahmundry, Samalkota etc. In these temples most of the temples having "Swayam Bhu" status of the lords and having their own "Stala Purana (history of the place)".

Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary, located at a distance of about 15 km from Kakinada on Kakinada–Yanam. Kadiapulanka, at 20 km from Rajahmundry, is the hub of nurseries of myriad varieties of flowers and fruits. Other attractions are Sir Arthur Cotton Museum at Dowleswaram, Korangi Reserve Forest, known for Back waters and Mangrove forests. Eco Tourism projects at Maredumilli and Rampa, second largest Road cum Rail Bridge of Asia in Rajahmundry and Konaseema is known for its scenic greenery and lush green paddy fields, located between the two branches of the Godavari river and the Bay of Bengal.[12]

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ACCESS TO EAST GODAVARI DISTRICT:

1) The District is well connected by Rail and Road link. The National Highway connecting Chennai and Howrah passes through this district. Chennai to Howrah line also passes through this district. The district is also having an Airport at Madhurapudi near Rajahmundry which is 65 Km's from district headquarters Kakinada and 15 Km's from Rajahmundry.

Rajahmundry Road cum Railway BridgeRoute via P_Gannavaram...
Distance Chart

(From Kakinada to Various Cites)

1) Bangalore = 856 KMs
2) Chennai = 684 KMs
3) Howarh(Kolkota) =1028 KMs
4) Hyderabad =523 KMs
5) Rajahmundry =65 KMs
6) New Delhi =1848 KMs
7) Vijayawada =223 KMs
8) Visakhapatnam =162 KMs

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Mandapeta :

1) Mandapeta is a town and a municipality in East Godavari district in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.
2) Most of the population is employed in Agriculture or related industries, but there is a sizeable population engaged in Trade and Small scale industries.

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3) Its has 7 movie theaters with almost all the popular movies released,but that theaters almost very bad condition and attracts huge crowds from nearby villages and towns.

4)Today this town contain more than 97 rice factories. Mandapeta is famous for agriculture and dairy sectors.

5) The outskirts of the town were surrounded with natural sceneries and beautiful temples like Ayyappa temple, TTD kalyanamandapam (on the way to Alamuru). During paddy crop days all the fields looks like beautiful green carpet or yellow carpet laid down.

6) Mandapeta had a population of 47,115. Males constitute 50% of the population and females 50%. Mandapeta has an average literacy rate of 62%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 65%, and female literacy is 59%. In Mandapeta, 11% of the population is under 6 years of age.

7) Mandapeta is the main business and entertainment centre for around 50 villages. It facilitates to pay bill for LIC, ICICI, Cell phone bills and Railway reservation. It has the biggest animal husbandry facility in India.

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Floods in 1970........RJY

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Draksharama :

Draksharama is one of the five Panchaarama temple:

Located in the village of Ramachandrapuram in East Godavari District, it is about 26 km from Kakinada and 48 km from Rajahmundry and also called as "Dakshina Kashi" (Southern Banaras). It is described as a very holy place that is next only to Benaras, the holiest of Shiva temples in the country.

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The temple is one of most ancient shrines of India and possesses one of the most important 'Shaiva Aramas'. The Inscriptional evidences in the temple indicate its origin to 11th century, when the Chola king Rajaraja was reigning at Rajahmundry.

Draksharama is one of the five Panchaarama temples and legend says that the Shivalingam held by the demon Taraka, splintered into five pieces and fell at the five Panchaaraama kshetrams one of which is Draksharama

The temple is an architectural marvel whose grand appearance and Linga’s unique height attracts many devotees. Thousands of pilgrims attend the 'Bhimesvaraswami Kalyanam', which is celebrated for five days during January-February

The place is also sacred to the Muslims. The mosque and the tomb of Syed Shah Bhaji Aulia are greatly revered by them.

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Annavaram Temple :

Located about 500 kms from Hyderabad, 72 kms from Rajahmundry and 142 kms from Visakhapatnam, it is a sugar granary.

There is a famous temple atop a delightful hill dedicated to Sri Veera Venkata Satyanarayana Swamy, whose consort is Sri Anantalakshmi Satyavathi Ammavaru. The temple is constructed in the shape of a chariot with four wheels on its sides, according to the architectural norms of Agni Purana and one can also see the shrines of Vana Durga and Ka...naka Durga. The temple attracts scores of devotees that is next only to Tirupati. It is said
that those who perform His 'Vratam' (a religious observance propitiating the Lord) with devotion in Kali Yuga secure his abundant grace and protection. It is estimated that on an average about one lakh couples perform 'Vratas' every year. Marriages and thread ceremonies (Upanayanams) are also performed in this shrine.

Holy River Pampa flows at the foot of the hill as if washing the feet of the Lord. Since there is no Pushkarini or tank in the temple premises, pilgrims take bath in the river before going to visit the Lord. Separate bathing ghats exist for men and women. Pampa River is also known as
Viraja of Goloka (the cosmic world) who melted in her ecstasy of faith and took birth as this rivulet to stay in the presence of the Lord. Archanas to the idols and to the 'Yantra' are conducted thrice a day regularly, besides the very powerful Salagramams and the crystal 'Sri Chakra.'
Bhishma Ekadasi, which occurs during January-February, Kalyanotsavam, and Vysakha Ekadasi during April-May, is important festivals. Annavaram Satyanarayana Swamy is ever merciful and will not disappoint His devotees.

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Annavaram Temple History :

Annavaram is one of the most famous Holy Shrines in India and enjoying the second place after Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh. The temple is built in the Dravidian style and the glory and richness of Lord SATYADEVA was widely described in Revakhanda of Skandhapuranam. The presiding deity Lord Satyadeva with his consort Sri Anantha Lakshmi on one Side and with Lord Siva on the other side took his abode on Ratnagiri, which is named after Ratnakara, son of ...

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PITHAPURAM IS THIRD ONE OF THREE GAYAS OF INDIA.

1) Siro Gaya also familiarly known as "GAYA", located in Bihar State.

2) Nabi Gaya near to Jijapur Railway Junction, located in Orrisa State.

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3) Padagaya Pithapuram, located in East Godavari District of Andhra Pradesh.

PITHAPURAM IS EQUALENT TO KASI :

According to “Bhimeswara Purana” of Srinath kavi Sarvabhuma, Pithapuram is one of the twelve pilgrims (Dwadasa Punya Keshatras). The sage told that Pithapuram is equalent to Kasi and also known as Southern Kasi (Dakshina Kasi).

Pithapuram is one of the oldest and famous pilgrim places of India.

There is an oldest temple call “Padagya Keshatram in Pithapuram.

The Lord “Sri Kukuteswara Swamy is the Swayambhu with SpatikaLingam”. Pithapuram is one of the Twelve Pilgrims, one of the five Madava Keshatra and one of the Asta Dasa (Eighteen) Sakthi Petas. Previously Pithapuram is known as Pitikapuram.

Once you enter into the temple, complete the pradishana and come in front of Dwaja Stamba you will be attracted by the “Yaka Sila Nandi (Single Stone Nandi). The Yaka Sila is second biggest after Lepakshi Basaveswara Nandai.

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Rajahmundry :

Rajahmundry is Asia's second largest road cum rail bridge.

Rajahmundry Town is the biggest town in East Godavari and it is a Divisional Head Quarters. Howrah Madras railway line passes through the town longitudinally and has two railway Stations namely "GODAVARI" and "RAJAHMUNDRY" Road cum Rail Bridge was constructed on river Godavari linking Kovvur and Rajahmundry is considered to be an engineering feat. It is Asia's Second largest Road cum Rail Bridge. The ...Town is connected with all Centers of the State with motorable roads.
Rajahmundry is first of East Godavari District to became Corporation. Rajahmundry with population of about 3 Lakhs, lying on the left bank of the river Godavari, located on National Highway, 560 Km. away from Madras and 520 Km. from Hyderabad, is not only an ancient town where rich literary activities flourished, but it is also an important commercial center. It came into existence even by 918 A.D.

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East Godavari District Facts:

1) This is the second richest district in all India. It is known as the Rice Granary of Andhra Pradesh. It is the most populous district of Andhra Pradesh. NH 5 passes through this district.

2) Major Agricultural Products: Rice, maize, oil seeds, sugar cane, pulses

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3) Major Industries: Fertilizers, Oil Refineries, Gas based Power Stations

4) What is East Godavari District Famous For: Agricultural production especially rice

5) Famous People From East Godavari District: Sir Arthur Cotton, Kandukuri Veeresalingam, Sri Malladi Satyalingam Naicker

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The East Godavari District is located in the North Coastal part of the state of Andhra Pradesh. The District boundaries are Visakhapatnam, West Godavari, Khammam Districts and Bay of Bengal.The District is known as rice bowl of Andhra Pradesh with lush paddy fields and coconut groves. It is also known as another Kerala.
East Godavari, it is the Rice Granary of Andhra Pradesh, beckons tourists to have a glimpse of its rich cultural heritage. Where the lush paddy fields sway...ing in the breeze appear to dance in a celebration to life.The Headquarters of the District is located at Kakinada.The District is a residuary portion of the old Godavari District after West Godavari District was separated in 1925. As the name of the district conveys, East Godavari District is closely associated with the river Godavari, occupying a major portion of the delta area.

East Godavari district is having the area of 10,807 Sq Kms with 5 Revenue divisions, 60 Revenue mandals and 1012 Grama panchayats with a population of 51,51,549 as per 2011 provisional census figures.

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