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Buddhist Boulevard to be developed in old Amaravati

VIJAYAWADA: A proposal to acquire 100 acres near the Amaravati Stupa and the Dhyana Buddha Project for developing a ‘Buddhist Boulevard’ with monasteries from all over the world from farmers under the landing pooling system is being prepared said Tourism Development Corporation Special Officer and Executive Director of the Dyana Buddha Project R Mallikarjuna Rao, reports The Hindu.

The idea of developing a Buddhist Boulevard on the lines of designated areas for monasteries such as in Bodagaya and Katmandhu were floated a short while after the State government announced that Amaravati, the new capital was coming up between Guntur and Vijayawada.

Updating the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly Committee on Assurances here on Wednesday Mr. Rao said that work on the Dhyana Buddha Project had not stopped. Mr. Rao told the committee chairman Pendurti Venkatesh that structural defects, wall cracks and roof leakages were rectified.

The State government sanctioned Rs 250 lakh for rectification and improvement works and also guest rooms on the Dhyana Buddha Project premises and another Rs.30 lakh had been released for internal sculpture.

The Central government sanctioned Rs. 66 lakh for internal pathways and wash rooms and Rs. 99.37 lakh for landscaping and others works, he told the committee.

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