Amaravati bridges to be on Kuchipudi, Buddhist, Kondapalli toys models

Dara Gopi

Amaravati: The State government is zeroing on having the iconic symbols of the prestigious Kuchipudi dance, Kondapalli toys and Buddhism. Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu had received the models for three bridges from the contractor L & T group. Though the contractor had presented six models for the proposed three bridges on the river for the future use, the Chief Minister is understood to have voted for the Kuchipudi dance model. The first bridge connecting the capital would come from the confluence of Krishna-Godavari rivers (Pavitra Sangamam as it is called) across the river connecting the core capital area, Velagapudi, the location of the interim secretariat and Assembly complex.

The models have three drawn from the Kuchipudi concept, followed by one from the Kondapalli toys and one from the Buddhist concept. The sixth model is called the Peoplea��s Bridge that would be built on two stairs with the base one used for the vehicles and the top one for the recreation activities like that of the Tank Bund in Hyderabad. The Chief Minister had asked the contractor to develop the second model (Kuchipudi with the two stairs for both traffic in the base and peoplesa�� activity on the top. This would have food courts, entertainment centers, shopping malls and the connectivity to the river for water sports and tourism.

The Chief Minister had asked the officials to place these models before the engineering and architecture students and experts and take their views on it. He wanted the officials to involve people in the designs and modifications as the structures are to be owned by the people. He wanted the officials to have competition among the engineering students to suggest modifications for the proposals.

Chandrababu Naidu also directed the officials to speed up the work on the first seven roads that are to be built in the new capital.

Amaravati Development Corporation CMD Lakshmi Pardhasaradhi told the Chief Minister that they have completed the tender process and the selection of the contractor for the seven roads. She had also briefed the Chief Minister on the progress of the speed access road in the capital which would come up at Rs 187 crore.

Referring to the farmers who have not given their lands in pooling for the capital, the Chief Minister wanted the officials to declare these lands as part of the green belt. He said that the government would not allow them to be converted into real estate plots in future. These lands have to be used exclusively for agriculture and not for other purposes, he asserted.

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