Amaravati To Have Unmanned Electrical Buses, Says AP CM

DARA GOPI

Amaravati: The Andhra Pradesh capital, Amaravati, would have unmanned electric buses running on the roads of the administrative city with dedicated stops, said Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu in a meeting held with Foster + Partners.  He added that only electric buses and vehicles will be permitted to move around the city to avoid pollution.    

Based on the suggestions received in the earlier meeting held on March 1st, Foster + Partners and Architect Hafeez Contractor came up with a broad plan today. The Foster + Partners made a presentation titled ‘ Amaravati-  The People’s Capital – Building a Sustainable Vision.

The presentation highlighted the need for integrating green and blue spaces. It said that the city would consist of 51 per cent green, 10 per cent water, 14 per cent road and 25 per cent building footprint of 1,000,000 sqm. The representatives said that public parks with natural landscapes and blooming plants would come up in the city.

The company representatives came up with a idea i.e ‘ By and For the People’ to bring inclusive growth. They suggested that educational buildings and institutions should be distributed and priority should be given to local materials and products to facilitate growth, development and local jobs.    

Under the concept ‘Building Civic Pride: The People’s Capital they said that government complexes should be open to all, cultural buildings should be integrated within green and blue areas, city squares and urban squares should be inclusive and attractive. They suggested that canal sides should be used as public areas.

With regard to sustainable energy use,. Chris Bubb of Foster + Partners said that energy consumption demand should be reduced by 40-60 per cent. On-site generation via PVs should be used to supply energy consumption besides using battery storage and district cooling system.

For sustainable water usage, the representatives suggested that rainwater harvesting and stormwater management should be introduced. They also proposed that reuse of recycled water from sewage treatment plant should be used for irrigation purposes.

To promote Andhra Pradesh’s culture, heritage and arts the representatives said that the architectural heritage should be represented in the arrangement and format of buildings and spaces. In addition to this, integration of local arts, culture of all the 13 districts was considered.

Amaravati would just not be a modern city but it will emerge out to be a smart city. Creation of digital, resilient infrastructures, flood proof, Internet of Things, LEED and GRIHA rated buildings are being considered.

Ideas were also given for safeguarding environment and to make Amaravati a ‘ Walkable City’. Natural walkable environments, streets and courtyards with greenery, shading and pleasant breezes were mentioned. They suggested that passive building designs should be considered.

Vehicle free zone was another suggestion that the Foster + Partners suggested. They stressed the need to encourage alternative sustainable methods of transport, provision for electric vehicles, dedicated bicycle and pedestrians routes and use of canals for water taxis.    

Chris Bubb, Rob Harrison, Rob Seymour, Harsh Thapar  from Foster + Partners said that they have studied a number of cities in the world to understand the arrangement of buildings and that they have included all those studies, ideas in the plan that they have presented here today.  

Hafeez Contractor, Nishant Gupta from Architect Hafeez Contractor, Achyut Watve from JW Consultants were also presented in today’s meeting.

 

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