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Amaravati: A City Fast Shaping-up With Dedicated Regions

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  1. Gessler

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    With the new Andhra Pradesh capital being developed with nine theme cities, Knowledge and Health regions are especially getting traction where university campuses and healthcare facilities have either been set up or are being constructed

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    Temporary Secretariat and other Legislative buildings constructed on fast-track basis

    The nine thematic regions — Knowledge, Health, Electronics, Tourism, Justice, Media, Sports, Finance and Government — in Andhra Pradesh’s (AP) capital Amaravati have started shaping up. The state government will lay foundation stone for the Government City, which will comprise Secretariat and Legislative complex, on Dussehra later this month. This apart, construction of the high court will begin at the Justice City on October 30.

    Knowledge and Health cities are witnessing the fastest development at Amaravati. At the Knowledge City, which is at the centre of Amaravati and connects other eight theme cities, educational institutions such as SRM University, National Institute of Design, Amity University, Amrita University, Centurion University, Central Institute of Tool Design, and National Institute of Fashion Technology have started construction of their campuses. Moreover, Vellore Institute of Technology has already started its first batch in July.

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    Amaravati City Development Master-Plan

    At the Health City, Indo-UK Institute of Health, an AIIMS and a 2,250-bed multi-superspeciality hospital of Mata Amritanandamayi Trust, which is an extension of the Amrita Medical University, are fast coming up. Dubai-based BR Shetty Group is also setting up a medi-city project, including a superspeciality hospital and a stem cell research unit. At nearby Mangalagiri IT Park in Guntur district, a Pi Data Centre has come up with an investment of Rs 600 crore. When fully developed, it would be the largest data centre in the country with over 1,500 software professionals working there.

    Y Nagi Reddy, director, economic development, AP Capital Region Development Authority (CRDA), said: “Our focus was on Knowledge and Health cities first and much of the development that is taking place is at these two places. The total investment in the Knowledge City would be Rs 20,000 crore approximately, while Rs 30,000 crore is expected at the Health City. The concept of developing such theme cities in a capital city is first in the country.”

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    Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu addresses dignitaries during Foundation-laying ceremony for the Amaravati American Institute of Medical Sciences (AAIMS) in Ibrahimpatnam, Krishna Dist.

    “Tenders would be shortly called for the construction of the government complex,” said Reddy. The Andhra Pradesh High Court complex would be in the shape of a Buddhist stupa, symbolic of the region which was a Buddhist centre for centuries, while the Legislative complex would be shaped like a diamond, drawing inspiration from the Kohinoor, which was found centuries ago near Guntur, 35 km from Amaravati. The designs were submitted by London-based Foster + Partners.

    Along the river Krishna’s waterfront, development of a start-up hub has also been started by a consortium of Singapore-based Ascendas-Singbridge and Sembcorp Development. The area lies within the 20-square kilometre Seed Development Area of Amaravati City. Spreading over 684 hectares, the start-up area is to be developed in phases over 15 to 20 years. A greenfield project, it includes infrastructure development to prepare the site for a mix of business, commercial and residential activities, as well as catalytic development in the start-up area, said an official of the state’s Capital Region Development Authority (CRDA).

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    CM Naidu at the inauguration of Rs. 3,000-crore SRM University campus in Amaravati

    Drawing lessons from flooding in Chennai and Mumbai, Amaravati is being developed with flood security plan and anti-inundation measures prepared by consultants from IIT Madras and Netherlands. The consultants have prepared designs to avoid flood and water stagnation in Guntur and Vijayawada also. More, a massive stormwater drainage project, which is being funded by the Union urban development ministry, is under construction.

    CRDA officials say that with 40 per cent of Amaravati dotted with vast green spaces and water bodies, and with only eco-friendly public transport like electric vehicles, it would become one of the most livable cities in the country. Ajay Jain, principal secretary, the energy, infrastructure & investment department, Government of AP, said: “We have approved only electric public transport buses and mass rapid transport. We will encourage only those vehicles that are running on clean fuel. Pollution in Amaravati will be very low.”

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    Newly-constructed Vijayawada RTC House Bus Station; the "Busport" has been provided airport-like amenities for passengers waiting to board their transport

    The whole of Amaravati will have underground cabling, with ducts already laid in the core capital region. There will be no electricity or telecom poles and no hanging wires of cable TV. In the core capital region, a park or a water body would be within a five-minute walking distance of the housing facilities that will start coming up soon. Amaravati will also have 30 km of waterfront.

    Seven major roads, including a six-lane seed capital access road connecting Amaravati from all directions, are also nearing completion. The region will be a 7,420-sq km metropolitan area, covering Vijayawada and Guntur, of which 217 sq km is the capital Amaravati. Amaravati will have three main ring roads — a 94.5-km Internal Ring Road at a radius of 15 km from core capital city, a 150-km outer ring road at a radius of 25 km, and a 210-km regional ring road at a radius of 34 km.

    http://indianexpress.com/article/bu...st-shaping-up-with-dedicated-regions-4824569/

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    This has potential to be one of the best/most livable cities in the country...just needs another term for the TDP government under Naidu to put it all on the right track.
     
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    Make A Huge Difference when building a city from scratch!! ie they can plan and build the infrastructure ie road , drainage etc ... before any structures are built. Thus also using up-to date civil Technics. And here we can see the results !! :)
     
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    Cool drone footage of Kanaka Durga flyover under construction in Vijayawada



    I want to keep posting news regarding developments in Amaravati/rest of the residual state in this thread...maybe I'll make it sticky in the future. Construction of a new state capital city from scratch is something to watch and keep track of...
     
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    Too much talk, nothing on the ground apart from one of the biggest real estate insider trading scams.
     
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    Define "nothing on the ground"? Did you think they were gonna turn a relatively small town like Amaravati into a metro city in just 3 years???

    Be realistic.

    The land-acquisition itself was a huge effort....and you're wrong - there is lot of construction ongoing. Tenders & plans are being prepared for the rest. I suggest you follow this website to keep track of what stage of development each project is in: http://www.amaravativoice.com/

    As of "scam", well the opposition has a habit of yelling "SCAM!!" at everything the government does - yet it is the opposition leader who has to visit the CBI Special Court every week to stand trial for his economic crimes & corruption from back when his father was the CM. The opposition is hardly in any legitimately moral position to accuse the Govt. of anything.

    I've heard of instances where the opposition had deliberately got people to file cases citing inconsistencies in tender procedures, halting progress on several projects for upto ~6 months...only for the cases to be dismissed by investigative teams as a bunch of hot air....similar tactics were adopted by Congress-backed people in GIFT City, Gujarat. Trying to slow down development works with the sole intention of gaining ammo to use against Govt. in Assembly sessions.
     
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    Its building a city not ordering pizza over phone call. It will take a generations to fulfill the promise. New york city is considered as one the greatest city of this generation because it was planned and build in block by block from 1850's by visionaries. Amaravati is barely 2 year old and you started blabbering?

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    Amaravati the new capital of Andhra Pradesh,brain work of Sir Naidu has been widely appreciated by worldwide becoming one of the state's consitution centre,ruler of the state's democratic system,the judiciary,law and order,the world is engaging to do business with new Andheri capital.
     
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    Hence why satellite city (smart city) development for all major cities is really only way to address the old city problems elsewhere. Create capacity outside to reduce stress inside, so you can go about fixing the issues there without taking big toll on it. Basically bypass artery model while fixing the heart.
     
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    How Andhra Pradesh plans to make its new capital Amaravati a world-class city

    Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu was reviewing the progress of Andhra Pradesh’s new capital city project earlier this week, when he asked his officers to explore whether Amaravati could have only plug points and no fuel stations. He asked them to consult experts on whether this could be a city only for electrical cars and not for conventional vehicles.


    The idea is still a gleam in Naidu’s eye, but Amaravati holds out the promise of being a city like no other in India. Among the innovative features on the drawing board are navigation canals around the city and connecting an island in the river Krishna. These have been embedded into the design of the new capital of Andhra Pradesh, a state that was left with no capital after Telangana inherited Hyderabad three years ago amid bitter rivalry.

    Amaravati, being built on a 217 sq km open field in Guntur district, is being designed to have 51% of green spaces and 10% of water bodies, with a plan to house some of the most iconic buildings there. The city is being modelled on Singapore, with the masterplan being prepared by two Singapore government-appointed consultants. Other international consultants and architects will then be roped in to give it an international flavour.

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    On the ground, what is now seen in Amaravati is the interim secretariat building, housing the temporary assembly, in a 49 acre area, with major arterial roads being constructed all around. But these are early days. According to the timeline of the Rs 58,000 crore project, the city will be populated and functional only by the end of its second phase, in 2024, when most of the buildings, luxury hotels, universities and the central business district will be operational. The third and final phase is scheduled to be completed by 2029.

    This means Hyderabad, which in the last couple of years attracted large new investments from the likes of Apple, Facebook, Google and Amazon, will remain unchallenged in the region at least till 2024. Andhra Pradesh’s port city of Vizag is a distant second.

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    Telangana Ahead
    When the new state of Telangana was carved out of erstwhile Andhra Pradesh, Hyderabad went to Telangana, making the division apparently lopsided, at least in economic terms. Currently, Hyderabad generates 45% of Telangana’s total revenue. Andhra Pradesh, meanwhile, had to be content with the rural parts of the erstwhile state, the gains being a 974-km-long coastline with six ports, the second longest coastline after Gujarat.

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    Telangana with Hyderabad had a head start, but the country’s youngest and 29th state has done well to build on that advantage. For instance, two years back, it enacted a law to woo investors. Under the TS-iPAS — Telangana State Industrial Project Approval and Self-Certification System — an investor can begin operations with a self-certificate and does not need to wait for government clearances. What has further boosted investor confidence is a provision in the new law under which an erring bureaucrat can be fined on a per day basis if clearances are not given on time.

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    The results are showing. In the last three years, Telangana mustered investment commitments worth $10 billion (Rs 65,000 crore). Amazon decided to build a 3 million sq ft development centre in Hyderabad, the biggest outside its headquarters in Seattle, US. Apple too took the call to have its largest development centre outside Cupertino, California.

    Telangana joined Andhra Pradesh at the top of the 2016 DIPP-World Bank Ease of Doing Business ranking of states. DIPP is the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion under the Commerce and Industry Ministry.

    KT Rama Rao, minister for IT and industries of Telangana, however, argues that the competition for Hyderabad is global and not local. "Hyderabad has evolved over the past 430 years. Companies have invested in Hyderabad because it makes business sense. The city has talent to offer. Disaster recovery centres of many large conglomerates are based out of Hyderabad because it’s a seismologically stable zone,” Rao told ET Magazine.

    Rao doesn’t see Amaravati as a rival, only as one of the many cities that want to play big. "Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Indore and many other cities, for example, are trying to get a piece of the IT pie. Amaravati too will try for the same. But when we know our competition is global, why should we worry about any next-door neighbour?” Rao is the son of Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao, better known as KCR.

    The significance of a brand new city, however, can’t be underplayed. After all, Amaravati will be one of the few post-Independence greenfield cities, the others being Chandigarh, Bhubaneswar, Gandhinagar and Naya Raipur.

    States of Rivalry
    What, of course, is difficult to miss is the political rivalry between Naidu’s Telugu Desam Party and KCR’s Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), which persists after the bifurcation. The TDP saw an opportunity to remain politically relevant in Telangana too, as 25% of Hyderabad’s population is from Andhra. In the 2014 assembly poll, Naidu’s TDP managed 15 seats in the state, with nine coming from Hyderabad. The TRS, which eventually formed the government, managed just three out of 24 seats in Hyderabad.

    The politics changed when TRS managed an overwhelming majority in the 2016 Hyderabad local body elections and 13 (out of 15) TDP members of the legislative assembly defected to the TRS. Today, the TRS is informally aligned to the BJP, which is in a formal alliance with TDP in Andhra Pradesh. KCR, who initially took an anti-Narendra Modi stance, has gradually drifted towards the saffron party. That proximity may well come to the fore in case there’s a combined opposition-sponsored candidate for the next president and TRS positions itself on the BJP’s side

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    (In pic: Construction work in Andhra’s new capital city, Amaravati)

    Naidu’s Gamble
    For Naidu, leaving Hyderabad in less than three years — Hyderabad was made the joint capital of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh for 10 years — was both a political and investment decision. Politically, his party was marginalised in Telangana while his presence in Amaravati boosts investor confidence. Today, he functions from a temporary secretariat in the midst of large agricultural fields with no habitation. The only view from the secretariat and the CM’s office is of hydraulic excavators, rollers, tractor trailers, dumpers. The CM resides in an isolated bungalow, and his residence and office are connected by a narrow road, as the 60-metre-wide major arterial roads are still under construction.

    Naidu has almost crossed the first hurdle of arranging 53,748 acres of land for the new city — 90% has been acquired. Only two of 29 villages, Penumeaka and Undapalli, are still opposing the plan, as villagers want better compensation. Rs 14,200 crore has been tied up mainly from state-owned Hudco and World Bank, with another Rs 14,250 crore expected from public-private partnership, bonds, a collective investment fund, lease rental discounting, among other avenues.

    This is a Rs 58,000 crore project, but the key will be to arrange the Rs 32,000 crore required in the first three years for creating trunk infrastructure, including road, power and telecommunications. For the project to be viable, monetising about 4,000 acres of land in the heart of the city is crucial.

    Once the funding is in place, hundreds of contracts will have to be awarded and almost Rs 20 crore allocated for daily construction. To ensure quality contractors come on board, the Swiss Challenge method is being adopted, a form of procurement in which an unsolicited bid is published online for others to either match or exceed it. Earlier this week, a Singapore consortium, comprising Ascendas-Singbridge and Sembcorp Development, got a contract to be the master developer of 6.84 sq km of the central business district. There was no challenger to its bid, which ensured that it bagged the contract.

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    (In pic: Temporary secretariat in Amaravati)

    Attracting marquee global brands will be key to the success of the project. Says Ajay Jain, principal secretary, infrastructure, Andhra Pradesh: "You need to get a queen bee. Hyderabad grew only after Microsoft set up its big centre in the 1990s. Others simply followed”.

    Whether Amaravati emerges as a challenger to Hyderabad or not, its blueprint suggests that it will be a unique development. "Ours will be a green and blue city and will be more livable than any existing brown city in India,” says Sreedhar Cherukuri, commissioner, Andhra Pradesh Capital Region Development Authority. The multi-billion dollar question, though, is: will Naidu, who is often credited with bringing big investments to Hyderabad, be able to do an encore with Amaravati?

    Land of Plenty, Plenty of Land
    Land price escalates in Amaravati as investors like Telugu NRIs show interest.

    [​IMG] Rama Rao Dhanekula from Nelapadu village of Andhra Pradesh is receiving offers from real estate agents and Telugu NRIs to sell his 12 acre plot located in the heart of Amaravati.

    “The offer has gone up to Rs 2.1 crore per acre, but I won’t sell my land now. Amaravati is going to be better than Hyderabad. If I can hold my land for the next five years, one acre will fetch Rs 10 to 12 crore,” says Dhanekula who two years ago participated in a voluntary land pooling scheme under which he surrendered 48 acres to the government in return for prices at a government-set rate. In addition to the price, he received almost 12 acres of developed land from the government in lieu of 48 acres that he had surrendered, and will pocket an annuity of Rs 30,000 for the next 10 years.

    In contrast, Narsimha Rao from Borupalam village regrets selling his land early. “I sold 1 acre to an investor even before the actual developed plot was handed over to me. I received Rs 1.45 crore. I was happy then. But I should have waited,” says Rao. Two years ago, one acre of land in the area was going for just Rs 5-8 lakh depending on soil quality and proximity to the road.

    Dhanekula, Rao and many other farmers in the area were engaged in tobacco cultivation — the Guntur belt was known for exporting tobacco to Russia — before they shifted to other crops such as maize, chilli and lemon. Now, they are sitting on cash, but with no agricultural work to do.

    While 27 villages have agreed to the voluntary land pooling exercise initiated by the government, the villagers of Penumeaka and Undapalli — the villages adjacent to the city of Vijayawada — have so far refused to surrender their land for the new capital and are negotiating for a higher compensation.

    Dhanekula, Rao and many other farmers are rich today, with many of them building new homes and purchasing cars. But landless farmers dependent on agriculture are bearing the brunt. “We get a pension of Rs 2,500 per month per family as we lost our livelihood after the landowners surrendered their land. But the pension is very low. And more than that, we have become idle. There’s no work for the whole day,” says Banavati Sali of Malkapuram village.

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    (In pic: Banavati Sali)

    3 Years of Telangana: Then and Now
    S Narsing Rao, principal secretary to Telangana CM K Chandrashekhar Rao, claims that not a single person from Andhra has been harassed in Telangana over the past three years.

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    After three years of the creation of Telangana, arguments offered by the opponents of bifurcation have fallen flat. Those who had opposed had argued that about 25 lakh people from Andhra are living in Hyderabad and would face problems once the new state was born. Their lives would be under threat. But in the last three years there has not been a single case of any Andhra person being harassed or targeted in Hyderabad. The second reason for opposing the bifurcation was that Naxalism would grow here again. But there has not been a single Naxal incident during the last three years.

    Third, it was argued that Telangana would go into darkness as the electricity was produced mostly on the Andhra side. Today, the state provides 24x7 power supply and meets the need of 8,000 MW in peak season.


    http://economictimes.indiatimes.com...i-a-world-class-city/articleshow/58767503.cms
     
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    Hyderabad was also his doing. See the difference between his time and now in Hyderabad. Now, there are bad roads in Hyderabad especially in the dream project of Hi-Tech City. But still, one can see that infrastructure and planning is much better inspite of attempts at non-governance.
     
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    I'm from Hyderabad. I admit he bought IT industry to Hyderabad. I was one of those few kids who met him and bill Clinton inside hightech city 17 years ago. Apparently I also have the first-hand experience and know how of the illegal land scams on the ground. Probably this is one place I have more knowledge than anyone I have come across on this forum. The whole of TDP's cabinet knew 3 months earlier about Amravati going to be the next capital. Show me one guy in this cabinet whos family or relative doesn't own a real estate around that area? In fact they knew exact which date he was going to put a freeze on all land registrations in and around amaravathi. It was a fools goldmine for them. They made more money overnight than they could have in their whole term.

    Hyderabad is a whole different story and I can tell you the trs surprisingly is doing much better than what tdp did 20 years ago. But that could be because the foundation was strong and its a different tale to discuss. I work closely with both the state governments. I know things they do.. a year ago they started to lease commercial property for their public offices. Try finding out who's properties are those, what are the lease rates and terms and who pays for them. You should also ask them how much is it going to cost them to lay the city's foundation and how much do they have remaining in their coffers. The 1000 cr center promised is for a different purpose.
     
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    Land rates there must be very high
     
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    The tale is similar everywhere. The new IT park proposed south of RGIA???
    Land procured by TRS n TDP honchos.

    Let us not get into that aspect. Just perks of office everywhere.

    Recall NOIDA - the CEO had most of relatives buy land in mid 1980s and they started selling it mid 2000s on .. at plenty of premium.

    Head to Gurgaon .. repeat.

    Heck I recall my maternal granfather telling about investing in land at present day Vaishali near Gaziabad ... it was a marsh back in 1985 n land there was dirt cheap even for those days.


    Look at the place today.

    My another relative bought large tracts of land near secunderabad at yapral ... those days it was a jungle and Shamirpet was where arny artillery firing used to take place.

    Today?

    So called corruption is everywhere. Every nation. But as long as the work is done in relatively fair and prospective manner, accepted.

    Look at KL Airport. In 1998-99 Mahatir Mohammad the PM's son took contract and made 5 % commission .. corruption. But created an airport which will last them till 2050 keepibg in view growth and increased traffic.

    Head to Delhi. We needed elevated ring road back in 2003. They are doing a feasibility study today!!! Wasting money in repeated studies and stupidities like BRT.

    Elevated corridor along Ring and outer ring road with viaducts and BRT brlow it was the answer. And underground metro. They went over ground metro. Need I say more?
     
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    Prices in a lot of nearby localities have shot up since the announcement came about location of the new capital (naturally). They will increase further in future for sure...just like in Hyderabad when the city started expanding.
     

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