Expressing happiness on the occasion, Chief Minister Sri Chandrababu Naidu said, “I am glad to see such a great representation from so many countries for this Happy Cities Summit. Happiness is one of the most important elements of our upcoming capital, Amaravati. Our focus is on building a city where there is utmost public satisfaction. After the bifurcation in 2014 when we were planning to build a new capital from the very scratch, we received 33,000 acres of land from our farmers, voluntarily. This was a one of a kind Land Pooling System for our Amaravati. I am very sure that this step will be a win-win situation for all the farmers involved and it will result in the creation of a wonderful capital city.”
“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 citizen of AP as well because our focus is mainly on the citizen centric governance. We are focussing on providing green cover just like Bhutan which has 70% green cover. We are encouraging electric vehicles and going for public transportation in a big way and will look to make the city of Amaravati CO2 neutral and also have cycle paths all across the city”, said the Chief Minister talking on the purpose of the summit and his vision for the city of Amaravati.
“At the end of the summit, 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.
Minister P. Narayana also spoke about the future that the city of Amaravati holds and said, “Amaravati has all the essentials required to make its citizen happy. Under the leadership of our Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu, our 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% 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.”
Sridhar Cherukuri, CRDA Commisionner explained the large crowd assembled about the developmental status till now and future plans through a presentation. “Our Chief Minister has a proven track record when it comes to developing the cities. Dare to dream and care to achieve is his philosophy and we are right on track of building a world-class happy capital”, he added.
The event also embraced 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 the importance of happiness in one’s life and how to attain 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.