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Chandrababu inaugurates three-day Happy Cities Summit 2018 in Amravati
The forthcoming world-class capital city of bifurcated state of Andhra Pradesh, Amaravati will emerge as the happiest city of the world, with all unique features, said Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu.

Inaugurating three-day long Happy Cities Summit in Amaravati, for the first time in India, Naidu said that happiness is one of the most important elements of upcoming city of Amaravati. He said that his focus is on building a city where there is utmost public satisfaction.

After the bifurcation in 2014, when planning of building a capital from scratch was initiated, he said that in admiration the government received 33,000 acres from the farmers voluntarily. This was a one of its kind of land pooling system for Amaravati. Naidu is confident that this step will be a win-win situation for all the farmers involved and will result in creation of a wonderful capital city.

According to the Chief Minister, the purpose of this summit is to exchange ideas and opinions which would facilitate happiness of people.

"We initiated Happy Sundays under which we wanted people to enjoy and be happy and relieve stress. We are in partnerships with the best consultants in the world and at the same time we are actively engaging with the citizens of AP as well because our focus is mainly on citizen centric governance" he added.

He said that they are focussing on providing green cover just like Bhutan which has 70 per cent green cover. He said they are also encouraging electric vehicles and going for public transportation in a big way and will look to make the city of Amaravati carbon dioxide neutral and also have cycle paths all across the city.

At the end of the summit, Naidu exhorted that everyone present here must have 2-3 takeaways which they can implement in their life.

"Amaravati would always welcome each and every one of you to come and stay here for a few days every year. If you want, you can even make Amaravati your second home", he added.

The summit will see a total of 30 speakers and also 12 finalists from Hackathon who will be sharing their innovations and stand a chance to collaborate for the development of Amaravati. Municipal Administration Minister P Narayana said that Amaravati has all the essentials required to make its citizens happy. Under the leadership of Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu, he said their primary goal is to provide happiness to the locals through citizen centric governance.

"We are in the process of developing Amaravati in a manner where along with great health and prosperity, the people will have facilities which would only make their lives convenient. Amaravati will have nearly 80 per cent of its transport as public transport, large green spaces, canal system which would also double up as transport systems and citizen friendly infrastructure are some of the features which would definitely contribute to the people's happiness," he added.

The event also saw Amaravati becoming the first city in the world to receive IGBC Green City Platinum Award. Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev released the Amaravati City Development Blueprint and also spoke to the crowd in detail about importance of happiness in one's life and how to achieve it. Other key speakers for the opening session included Khoo Teng Chey, Director, Centre for Liveable Cities, Anibal Gaviria, Former Mayor of Medelin, Columbia and Tikaram Kafley, Mayor, Gelephu, Bhutan.

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