Amaravati the new capital of Andhra Pradesh

Amaravati the new capital of Andhra Pradesh

Amaravati the new capital of Andhra Pradesh, for which the foundation stone was laid by Prime Minister Narendra Modi today on auspicious occasion of Dussehra is futiristic, but more than that it could well be the test bed for urbanisation in modern India. Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu wants to move the entire AP govt machinery to the new capital within the next 10 years – AP secretariat needs to move out of Hyderabad in a decade and Hyderabad will then be capital of Telangana alone.

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.

Facts to know about the new capital city of Andhra Pradesh.

  • Amaravati is being built on the banks of the Krishna River and is India’s first greenfield smart city. Amaravati could become the model/template for PM Narendra Modi’s mega infrastructure push in the form of 100 Smart Cities project.Amaravati the new capital of Andhra Pradesh
  • Andhra Pradesh state had acquired 31,000 acres from about 18,000 farmers by committing an annuity of Rs 50,000 per acre for 10 years and simultaneously giving back 1,250 sq yards of residential plot and 200 sq yard of commercial plot in the new city for every acre.
  • Amaravati seed capital area (SCA) — as designed by Singapore’s Surbana Jurong — is spread over 16.9 sq km with an 8-kilometre frontage on the Krishna. This will be the core of the city, housing government offices, business districts and a population of about 3 lakh people.Amaravati the new capital of Andhra Pradesh
  •  Andhra Pradesh state had acquired 31,000 acres from about 18,000 farmers by committing an annuity of Rs 50,000 per acre for 10 years and simultaneously giving back 1,250 sq yards of residential plot and 200 sq yard of commercial plot in the new city for every acre.Amaravati the new capital of Andhra Pradesh
  • The land holdings of farmers vary from 40-50 acres to less than an acre. While 50 per cent of the entire land acquired will be utilised for development of trunk infrastructure and social infrastructure, 25 per cent will be given back to original land owners and the balance 25 per cent will remain with the government for other uses.

source:financialexpress.com

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