Cities glow in capital makeover

Updated - October 22, 2015 05:41 am IST

Published - October 22, 2015 12:00 am IST

The six-lane National Highway in the capital region of Amaravati is all spruced up ahead of the foundation laying ceremony.- Photo: K.R. Deepak

The six-lane National Highway in the capital region of Amaravati is all spruced up ahead of the foundation laying ceremony.- Photo: K.R. Deepak

ijayawada and Guntur have undergone a complete makeover in the just over a week, with a host of VVIPs set to pass through the cities on their way to participate in the foundation laying function of Amaravati on Thursday.

MG Road and Eluru Road and the entire NH-5 from Gannavaram airport to Ramavarappadu and other important roads and all government buildings in Vijayawada city are glowing with colourful lights.

Massive welcome hoardings, with the images of Thursday’s chief guest Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu and a host of other dignitaries have sprouted overnight.

Similarly, banners and festoons have been put up on all major roads in the city, as people look forward to the historic event and officials stretch themselves to make foolproof arrangements.

Conspicuous was the patchwork done to roads wherever potholes used to give bumpy rides to motorists. Road dividers have been painted and greenery raised from Benz Circle to Ramavarappadu, through which a large number of VVIPs will proceed to the city and Uddandarayunipalem after touching down at the Gannavaram airport.

The road opposite Chief Minister’s Camp Office has been richly decorated with plants and lighting. All public places, including the Pandit Nehru Bus Station and railway station, have been illuminated befitting the occasion.

Guntur city has also been given a dazzling look. Bus stops in both cities have posters featuring the Prime and the Chief Minister and inviting people to the event. The Collector Office centre in Guntur and other junctions in the city presented a splendid picture.

Adding to the capital are Dasara festivities, which will be drawing to a close on the same day (October 22) with ‘Teppotsavam’ in the evening

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