The de facto capital city of Andhra Pradesh, Amaravati, has been in news for some time. The city in the bank of river Krishna is being rebuilt to a world-class city. The city is being redeveloped in three phases. As a first step, the Andhra Pradesh Cheif Minister N Chandrababu Naidu launched “Happy Nest”, the city’s first housing project. The project plans to build 12 towers and 1200 flats in 14 acres of land.
For building the global city, Andhra Pradesh Capital Region Development Authority (APCRDA) raised around 2000 crore of funds with the help of Amaravati Bond. The land acquired from farmers and other citizens through the Land Pooling System offers a share of the new capital city. The undertaking has many more appealing features to its advantage. Few of them are:
- The project is designed by Foster and Partners, the architects of Millennium Bridge.
Since the city is being built from scratch, proper planning will help to build a global city using its natural resources like the river Krishna.
- More than 50% of the allocated area is reversed for green spaces and parks. This is taking into consideration the pollution and dry atmosphere of major cities.
The city is designed as nine grids with separate blocks for administrative buildings, State buildings, Justice city and residential areas.
- The administrative buildings will take up around 900 acres and will contain a Legislative Complex housing both Legislative Assembly and the Legislative Council.
- The south part of the city is where Justice City is designed to come-up. Moreover, the city is dedicated to B R Ambedkar.
- The tallest building will be the State Assembly building and will be part of the State buildings. The grid will also house the High Court and the Secretariat.
- The city will also have a tower with an observatory deck get to see the aerial view of this magnificent city.
- Beautiful waterways are planned across the city. Cruises are also designed to better enjoy the city.
- Renewable energy sources would be used to build the buildings all across the city.
- The city is planned in such a way that allows free and maximum flow of wind. Even the buildings designed such a way as to use the use the cooling effect of the flowing wind. This would help save electricity.
Overall, the capital city, Amaravati is starting a new page as a well-designed world-class city. But on a side note, one needs to also think about the logic behind using the fertile farmlands for building up a city when we have a billion people to feed.