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Amaravati: Upcoming AP capital to be Green, Happy, Smart City

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By Nikhil VyasAmaravati | Tuesday, Apr 17 2018 IST
Amaravati, the upcoming capital city of Andhra Pradesh, is envisioned as a city which balances the old and the new with cutting-edge smart-city development as well as preservation of its historic roots and environment.

The region's rich heritage of archaeological and religious sites will be preserved and promoted. The planning and construction are in full swing in Amaravati.

The city is being projected as the country's first planned ' World Class Greenfield peoples' capital. The core of Amaravati is being built on approx 34, 058 acres of land owned by individual farmers. The development of Amaravati will need planned investment of Rs 40,000-crore over the next 10 years. The Chandrababu Naidu Government has followed the Land Pooling Scheme (LPS) to collect the land, as an alternative to land acquisition. So far more than 34,000 acres of land has been procured under the pooling system, including assigned land. Land pooling of this scale is an ambitious experiment by the state government which could show the way for other smart cities.

The Andhra Pradesh Capital Region Development Authority (APCRDA) is planning, coordination, execution, supervision, financing, funding and securing the planned development of the Capital region development area.

The APCRDA officials said as the land owners contribute their land voluntarily, through land pooling scheme, the land owners have been made stakeholders in the process of the capital city development.

The bifurcation of the erstwhile state of Andhra Pradesh following the AP Re-Organisation Act in 2014 necessitated the urgency for comprehensive planning and development of a new state capital. Officials said the newly developed city would represent people's vision and aspiration of a 'happy,' 'liveable' and 'sustainable' city.

Amaravati was selected as the new capital city of Andhra Pradesh in an area of 217 sqkm close to the urban centres of Vijayawada and Guntur. The capital region was notified in an area of 8, 603 sq km and APCRDA provided with powers to enable its planning and development.

Amaravati is located on the southern bank of River Krishna and the city is well connected to key economic hubs such as Hyderabad, Visakhapatnam, Chennai and Bengaluru falling within 400 km radius. The master plan aims at conservation of existing settlements and create job opportunities for the city's existing population.

The plan includes a 900 acre government complex - one of the first anchors for Amaravati and an iconic mixed-used area consisting of the Secretariat, Assembly, High Court, Raj Bhavan and retail and recreation facilities, along with housing for government officials. The approximate construction cost over 20 years will be Rs 5,500- crore.

About five per cent of housing development is planned to be reserved for the economically disadvantaged, with additional allocations from time to time depending on the need. It is estimated that capital investments of Rs 1,900 to 2,500-crore will be required over the next 20 years.

Green and Blue Plan has been proposed under the city's master plan. The Blue Green plan creates interfaces between the green and the blue creating different water themed public spaces such as lake parks, waterfront corridor, linear parks, etc. Thirty per cent of the capital city area is reserved for open space and recreational zone.

Twenty two km River Krishna waterfront is one of the key assets for the Amaravati capital city. The riverfront will house the city's iconic civic core and Central Business District (CBD).

Integrated Land use transportation planning with well-connected public transportation is planned in Amaravati.

A grid network is planned with four hierarchy of roads. Amaravati will be driven by the tenets of inclusive growth and high living standards for all. It is being planned with a goal of '5-10-15': no more than 5 minutes to emergency facilities, 10 minutes to recreation and open spaces and 15 minutes to work.

A 250 acre park, bio-retention ponds, 5 km of canal front and 1-km of river front, smart street lighting, CCTVs, smart drinking water facilities, underground dustbins, model public health centres, bio-toilets and digital hoarding boards have been proposed to improve the quality of living in the precinct.

The Buddhist roots of Amaravati have enhanced its bond with predominantly Buddhist countries from Japan to Singapore, which are now partners in developing the city.

A Singapore consortium consisting of Asendas-Singbridge and Sembcrop will be developing the Central Business district of Amaravati, titled the ''Start-up area''. Amaravati recently bagged the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) Green City Platinum Rating Award. Though the AP Re-organisation Act, 2014 provides for continuation of Hyderabad as the common state capital, the state government has decided to shift the governance from Hyderabad to Amaravati.

Accordingly, an interim Interim government complex in Velagapudi, Amaravati has been constructed consisting of six blocks with an area of 6,00,000 sq ft within a record time of seven months. The total cost incurred in construction of the Interim Government Complex is estimated to be Rs 601 crore. The assembly sessions are being conducted in Amaravati since March 2017.

The APCRDA will develop the IT Tower and sell or lease out the built-up space to the IT companies. The estimated project cost of IT Tower, including land cost, is Rs 284.40-crore.


-- (UNI) -- C-1-1-DL0103-1330931.Xml

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