Capital Designs To Wait for Two More Weeks

The capital designs for Amaravati Government City, which were believed to be final, would have to undergo some more changes. The master designers, who have submitted the designs, were asked to make modifications and to come back in two weeks

Amaravati: The long wait continues for the AP government to clear the final designs of the Government City buildings in the core capital, Amaravati. The master designer Norman Fosters from UK, were asked to make some more changes and revert in the next two weeks. Though it was thought the designs submitted on Monday were final, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu suggested some more modifications to the Government buildings.

The Chief Minister is said to be unhappy with the design for the High Court as well and had reportedly directed the master designers to come up with better design. He had also advised the master designer to plan Dr Ambedkar statue on the South and NTR statue on the north of the Government City and proposed a massive 100-feet tower close to the Assembly. The tower would give a overall view of the city for the visitors.

The Chief Minister had also reportedly told the master designers to plan the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) next to the Raj Bhavan and have a Central Hall between the Assembly and Council, like that of the Parliament. Naidu had asked them to redesign the Secretariat and the offices of the Heads of Departments in one row. He had asked the designers to plan a massive convention center, trade center and an exhibition center to come up right in front of the Administrative Buildings of the government.

These changes are to be incorporated in the master design and have to be resubmitted to the government in the next two weeks. The government, after a thorough review, is likely to place them before the people for their review before taking a final call. It is likely to take a month or so for the government to finalise the design for the Government City, which has to be constructed by the Singapore Consortium.

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Administrative City In Amaravati To Be Ready Before Elections

AP CM Naidu is hurrying the officials now to get the administrative city in Amaravati ready by the time the State goes for next round of elections in 2019. He wants the buildings of the Assembly, Secretariat and High Court to be ready at least halfway so that he can seek fresh mandate. He is after the Norman and Fosters, the British firm which is designing the city and buildings for the capital, to complete the designs by August.
Administrative City In Amaravati To Be Ready Before Elections

Guntur: Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu is now focusing more on converting his dream of capital city into a reality – at least half way if not complete – by the time the election bell rings in 2019. He is busy sprucing up the administration to begin the work of constructing the High Court, Assembly and Secretariat buildings now. The Norman and Fosters firm which is designing the capital city and the buildings has been asked to present the final version of the Assembly and High Court building designs by August end. Though the firm had submitted the two designs last week, Chandrababu Naidu had changed the High Court building design for Assembly and the Assembly building design for the High Court. The company is now working on redesign and is scheduled to submit the Assembly design by August 15 and High Court design by August 30.

The chief minister  plans to go for yet another round of foundation ceremony in a big way for the administrative capital on September 30, the day of Dasara – Vijaya Dasami. If the construction works begin in October 2017, the government would have exactly one-and-a-half years on hand to complete these two structures about which Naidu is firm.

The temporary Secretariat constructed at Velagapudi, the six-lane express way being formed from Venkatapalem to Thulluru and the two government buildings of Assembly and High Court, would stand as his contribution for the new capital Amaravati which he is planning to project for his next election. He is planning to seek the new mandate in 2019 by showing these works to the people and promising that he had to come back to complete the works. Naidu and his team are already campaigning that the YSR Congress, if voted to power in 2019, would shift the capital and Amaravati would be accomplished only if TDP is returned.

Naidu is now going all out to show Amaravati on the ground by the end of 2018 as the next round of elections are slated for April-May in 2019. He had already directed the rank and file of the party and also the bureaucracy to do everything before 2018 as they have no time after that. He had drafted the officials in the key departments to carryout his targets.

Amaravati and Polavaram project are his two major targets on which Naidu is banking for the next round of elections. It is for this reason, he wants Polavaram Project to be done at least 75 per cent and the Amaravati capital at least by 25 per cent. It is to be seen how he would handle the two projects before he begins the campaign for the next round of elections in 2019.

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AP Refutes Maki’s Allegations On Amaravati Designs

AP government had refuted the criticism of Japan’s Maki Associates in architectural designs for capital, Amaravati. Slaps legal notice.

Amaravati: The AP Capital Region Development Authority (APCRDA) had discounted the charges of Japan’s Maki Associates which was dropped from the master developer for Amaravati. While Maki, in an article in a magazine, sought to blame AP government in handling the Amaravati city plans, the APCRDA accused Maki of submitting ‘plagiarised designs’ and having no manpower and expertise to design the global city. It had further said that the designs submitted by Maki have failed to impress people. The design of the Assembly complex was not original and it looked like thermal power station’s cooling tower.

APCRDA Commissioner Cherukuri Sreedhar, in a release, said that the Maki had failed to supply quality designs and had refused to bring down its cost too despite negotiations. It was only then, the APCRDA had dropped them and went for the Foster + Partners, in a global e-tender which had built Parliament complex for Malaysia and Supreme Court complex for Singapore.

Sreedhar said that the designs submitted by Maki Associates were on display for two days in Vijayawada for the people and experts, including those from the architecture college, to respond. He said that the designs have failed to impress the people and there were adverse comments against them across the State, including the media. The designs were found to be a copy of the existing cities and government buildings, he added. The Maki had also projected greater price and had failed to change even after negotiations, he said.

“Its (Maki) failure to give quality designs and disinclination to bring down the price had left with no choice but to terminate the contract and go for fresh tender,” the CRDA Commissioner said explaining the reasons for the dropping of the Maki from the master developer contract.

While pointing an accusing finger at the Maki for poor standards of designs, the CRDA chief took strong exception to the company spreading false information to tarnish the image of the government and the CRDA. He warned the Maki of serious legal action if it restrained from making such baseless allegations against the government. He said that the Maki had already violated the terms and conditions of the contract agreement and thus attracts legal action.

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APCRDA Holds Consultation On Amaravati Designs

APCRDA additional commissioners A Mallikharjuna and V Ramamanohara Rao and others were present.

Amaravati: The Andhra Pradesh Capital Region Development Authority (APCRDA) on Friday held consultations with the students and teachers of national institutions on the new capital Amaravati designs. APCRDA Commissioner Cherukuri Sreedhar while inaugurating the day-long workshop wanted the people and experts to give their advice on the designs of the new capital. He said that the government was planning to have the new capital that reflects the tradition and culture of the Telugu people.

Stating that the new capital would be a global green city, Sreedhar said that the government particular on developing the new city into a global destination for the people to live and work. He presented the designs submitted by the consultant, Norman Foster Plus and invited the students and teachers to give their suggestions.

CRDA planning department director R Ramakrishna Rao presented the draft designs of the capital city and the government complexes proposed to come in Amaravati. The participants were divided into five groups for detailed discussion on the proposals. Each group was given a topic like livable urban environment, mobility-transportation, social and environmental sustainability, blue and green elements, futuristic and smart concept for generation next city.

Students and teachers from the Delhi School of Planning and Architecture, Vijayawada School of Planning and Architecture, Vaishnavi School of Planning from Hyderabad, CEPT University from Ahmadabad, Andhra University, Jawaharlal Nehru Architecture and Fine Arts University from Hyderabad took part in the workshop.

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Amaravati To Have Second NH From Hyderabad

Meanwhile, the National Highways Authority of India had proposed the second express way between Hyderabad and Amaravati passing through Nagarjuna Sagar


Amaravati: The new capital city, Amaravati would have another national highway from Hyderabad. This 275 km long national highway would pass through the Nagarjuna Sagar, Piduguralla and Amaravati. This would be an additional national highway that connects the capital cities of the two Telugu States. The existing road passing through Suryapet has been developed into four lane recently. The National Highways Authority of India had also proposed six laning of this road for which the land is already acquired. The contractor, GMR, was given 20 years time to complete this six lane road for which the detailed project report is getting ready.

Meanwhile, the National Highways Authority of India had proposed the second express way between Hyderabad and Amaravati passing through Nagarjuna Sagar. This road, once completed would take only three hours for the vehicles to reach from one city to the other. The NHAI, in its initial report had proposed several by-pass roads to avoid traffic problem for the existing towns and also reduce the distance. The highway is estimated to cost around Rs 9,000 crore to Rs 10,000 crore. The NHAI is now working on selecting the consultants for the study and feasibility report for the proposed highway. This report is expected to be ready by the end of 2018 and the works on the project are likely to begin in the middle of 2019.

The Andhra Pradesh government had already proposed one six-lane expressway between Amaravati and Ananthapur connecting the Rayalaseema region with the new capital. Works on this expressway have already been initiated. The Guntur and Prakasam district administrations have already issued land acquisition notifications for the expressway, while the process is yet to start in Kurnool and Ananthapur districts. Once the land is acquired, the government plans to get the detailed project report ready and assign the work to a contractor. The government wants to begin the work on this expressway at least by the end of 2017 or in the first half of the 2018.

The State government is also asking the Center to take up six-lane road along the existing national highway between Visakhapatnam and Vijayawada. This is also in addition to the coastal corridor that passes along the 975 km long sea cost connecting Vizianagaram district with Nellore in the down.

Meanwhile the works on the expressway and seven speedways in the capital city have already been initiated. Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu had laid foundation stone for the seven speedways in the capital city on Ugadi day. These straight roads would provide better connectivity to the capital city from Vijayawada and Guntur. The expressway would start at the Kanakadurga Varadhi on Krishan river connecting the Chennai-Kolkata national highway and pass through Tadepalli, Undavalli, Penumaka and reach Velagapudi, the abode of the temporary administrative complex.


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Fourth Generation Technology Park In Amarvati

New Delhi: Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology (MIGHT) entered an MOU with the Andhra Pradesh Economic Development Board (APEDB) to set up a fourth Generation Technology Park in Amaravati.

Malaysian Prime Minister Mohd Najib Bin Tun Hazi Abdul Razak and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi exchanged MOU on this technology Park which will cover an initial area of 250 acres.

This will focus on clean technology, Bio Technology, Robotics, Big Data and Additive Manufacturing. This park is expected to attract investments of around 650 crores in first phase which include a biodegradable Industry Cluster in an area of 100 acres. This will help in producing biodegradable packaging for food and electronic industries which will be provided by Malaysian company-Free The Seed Sdn Bhd.

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Amaravati To Have Unmanned Electrical Buses, Says AP CM


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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Chandrababu Moots Happy Andhra Pradesh


Amaravati: Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Monday reiterated that the government was marching ahead to make the State a Happy Andhra Pradesh.

Speaking on a thanks giving motion to Governor’s speech in the Assembly, Chandrababu Naidu said that the State had recorded 11.61 per cent growth rate and was heading for 15 per cent growth rate in the next 15-20 years. The State had taken up twin projects of Polavaram and Amaravati. The two projects would keep the State on the global map, he said. The Polavaram Project had provided irrigation water for the crops in the drought-prone Rayalaseema districts which had turned people to the Telugu Desam Party (TDP). “The government had provided water for Pulivendula too and that had made even elected representatives to back the TDP. The popular support is visible in the just-concluded MLC elections,” he said.

He said that the TDP government had completed the irrigation projects to save every drop of water in the State. The lift irrigations and the water harvesting measures including farm ponds have benefited to the people who are looking now at the TDP, he said and asserted that the TDP would be in power as long as the Telugu State existed. “I was voted to power as people trusted my abilities after the bifurcation and now, I am confident that people would vote me to power in 2019 too as they are happy and satisfied with the developmental initiatives of this government,” Chandrababu Naidu asserted.

Referring to Amaravati, the Chief Minister said that the city would be one of the top five cities in the world. The city would have world class facilities and plans with nine cities and 27 townships. The six lane and four lane roads proposed for the new capital city and the inner and outer ring roads too would keep the city on the global map, he added. The Amaravati-Ananthapur expressway would be the third expressway in the country, he asserted.

Chandrababu Naidu said that the Amaravati is being planned as the global city and global destination. The government was taking the best available practices across the world in planning and building the city. Astrologically, the water on the northeastern side would keep the city strong, he said and asserted that no force would destroy it. Those who are opposed to Amaravati are getting defeated and the latest MLC elections were an indication, he said.

The government had increased the pension coverage for the people, extended better funds for the welfare of the SCs, STs, BCs and Minorities. The government was also thinking of providing financial support to the economically poor from the OCs, he said. He also reiterated that the government was actively considering inclusion of the Kapus in the BC list. He recalled the allocation of funds for the welfare and uplift of all castes including Brahmins and said that his government was carrying all castes along.

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Ambedkar Memorial To Come Up In 20 acres At Amaravati

Amaravati: The Andhra Pradesh government had decided to build Ambedkar memorial in the new capital, Amaravati. Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu would lay foundation stone for the memorial that would come up on a sprawling 20 acres of land.

Minister for Social Welfare Ravela Kishore Babu had inspected the site located between Inavolue and Sakhamuru close to the temporary secretariat in Velagapudi. The Minister said that the government would establish a 125-ft height statue of Dr B R Ambedkar. The government would also celebrate the birth anniversary of Dr Ambedkar on April 14 this year after the Chief Minister lays foundation stone.

The memorial would come up facing the prestigious speed access road in the new capital. This would be a special attraction to the people, particularly the Buddhist tourists visiting the State, the Minister said.

The Minister asked the officials of the Social Welfare Department and the AP Capital Region Development Authority to get the land ready for the Ambedkar birthday celebrations and the foundation laying ceremony for the statue and memorial construction.

Social Welfare Principle secretary S S Ravat, Commissioner Rama Rao, APCRDA commissioner Cherukuri Sridhar, officials G Nageswara Rao, N Raghunadha Reddy and others were present.


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Indian Institute of Plantation Management to come up at Gannavaram

Amaravati: The Andhra Pradesh government had proposed to establish Indian Institute of Plantation Management (IIPM) at Gannavaram in Krishna district. Minister for Agriculture Prathipati Pullarao while presenting the agriculture budget for 2017-18 on Wednesday announced the government’s plans to start the IIPM. The Minister had also allocated Rs 23 crore for the IIPM.

There is just one IIPM in the country now located in Bengaluru, which was established in November1993. The IIPM at Bengaluru is owned by the State government, the Central government would provide financial assistance through the ministries of Social Justice and Empowerment, Minority Affaris, Human Resources Deveopment, Communication and Information Technology, besides the Coffee Board, Tea Boad, Spices Board, Rubber Board, India Tea Association.

The IIPM would be a center of excellence for plantation and the agriculture sectors. This would be a think-tank for the agriculture sector and the industry dealing with the agriculture outputs. The Andhra Pradesh government had already established a Farmers’ Empowerment Corporation at Gannavaram to provide assistance to the farmers in the areas required by them.

Besides establishing the IIPM on the lines of the Bengaluru institute, the AP government had also allocated Rs 308 crore for Acharya N G Ranga Agriculture University in Guntur, Rs 153 crore for Sri Venkateswara Veterinary University, Rs 147crore for mechanization of agriculture and Rs 220 crore for seed development.

The Minister had also announced the allocation of Rs 3,024 crore for the second phase of loan relief to the farmers under the loan waiver promise, Rs 172 crore for interest-free loans and Rs 5 crore for loans at 25 paise interest (pavala vaddi).

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Chandrababu Naidu unveils SRM University

Amaravati: Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu unveiled the master plan for the new and fast upcoming SRM University, which is set to commence programs in engineering from August of this year.

“SRM is embracing a new method of learning, not seen before in India. We will emphasize practical and application oriented learning via projects and lab courses rather than monologues that are the typical feature of our classrooms. We would like to create a world class environment for our students here at SRM University, AP – Amaravati; and we want to help them create tomorrow”, says Dr. P Sathyanarayanan, president of SRM University, AP – Amaravati.

To help them in this endeavour SRM University, AP – Amaravati has brought in many multinational institutions. Perkins + Will, a reputed international architecture firm with many decades of experience is conceptualizing the design of the university. This will be constructed by the eminent Shapoorji Pallonji Group. Aiding them in recruitment of senior administrative and academic members are international search firms Perret Laver and Society, who specialize in the higher education space.

SRM University, AP – Amaravati is currently establishing partnerships with reputed international universities from the US, the UK and Singapore. With support from these international institutions, there will be a significant focus on both pure and applied research in areas of renewable energy, space technology, IoT, blue economy, nanotechnologies, and many more.“Developing research led universities is fundamental to the progress of the state and the nation. We aim to do just that by bringing solutions to the problems that plague today’s world”, says Narayana Rao, Pro–Vice Chancellor of SRM University, AP – Amaravati.

This university is aimed to become first integrated inter disciplinary institutions offering courses in Engineering, Management, law, medical sciences, pure sciences and liberal arts.

Additionally, SRM University, AP – Amaravati, along with the Chief Minister, is launching an incubation centre “SHRISTI” – SRM Habitat for Research and Innovation in Science and Technology for Industries to make its university a hub of innovation of development.

SHRISTI aims to create 100 companies and generate 10,000 jobs in next 10 years.  This innovation centre will provide customised build-up space and research infrastructure with supporting services.

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Historic Event At Amravati, Assembly Sessions To Take Off In A Short While

Amaravati: Velagapudi near Amravati will enter history records from today in the name of AP legislative Assembly whose sessions to commence on Monday morning. Widened roads that lead towards Assembly give a fantastic look with lawns on either side of the road. Security was tightened by deploying police personnel in large numbers. First, the maiden day of Assembly will start exactly at 11.06 Am; Governor Narasimhan will be addressing legislators on day one of Assembly.

No other schedules were finalized or listed for today. AP assembly, with five galleries for media personnel, visitors with a capacity of 60 members looks beautiful as an interior view. 5 acre land left for parking, sitting facility for 231 MLAs, 90 members’ council, latest mike system attached internal to flat( members cant interrupt by breaking mike) headphones with translation of languages put AP Assembly on a high ultra equipped modern look.

Except CM and his personnel security, ministers, all MLAs vehicles are restricted into Assembly premises; they should park vehicles outside building.

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Chandrababu’s Hype With Fake Pictures in AP Government Website

Vijayawada: AP CM Chandra Babu Naidu is better known as an administrator rather than a political leader. This is well known to Telugu people who have seen him as CM for the longest period for United Andhra. His rule involves more hype than ground realty with an idea to attract more investors according to sources close to Chandrababu Naidu.

Naidu’s followers are following their leader in this aspect also. If we observe AP Government website, we can clearly find Naidu’s  mark with website filled with high rise buildings and well connected bridges which are fake. The building we find on the website are not found in AP. Municipal Administration Department’s  website is totally misleading in its  presentation, with images lifted from foreign countries like China, Russia and New York City. Pictures which became popular in social media are working against Naidu by spoiling his image.

Photos placed in MAUD website are a total mismatch with the ground reality and it would put off the prospective investors, according to industry sources. Chandrababu should focus on the implementation of work in and around of New capital rather than putting brand image of Amravati at stake.

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TERI Shows Interest To Develop Energy Efficient Buildings in Amaravati

New Delhi: In a significant development towards construction of the World Class Capital city of Amaravati by the Andhra Pradesh State Government, to reflect the legacy, history, and commitment of people, TERI (The Energy and Resources Institute), New Delhi has evinced keen interest to associate with the State Govt. in its endeavor to develop most Energy Efficient buildings in Amaravati.

TERI, the internationally reputed research institute in the field of energy, environment and sustainable development, is keen to enter into MOU with AP Government, and help in making Amaravati a smart and Energy Efficient Global city.

The institute is going to depute a high level team to AP for discussing the modalities, said Ajay Mathur, Director General, TERI. The proposed MOU will provide several benefits to civic agencies, utility companies, and residents in realizing the dream of smart and Green living. Built with incorporation of latest Western and European technologies, the economical & environmental friendly green buildings result in around 50 per cent energy savings, without any compromise on comfort levels, he said.

While delivering the key note address today in the 8th GRIHA Summit, being organized by Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment (GRIHA Council) along with TERI, in New Delhi at India Habitat Centre inaugurated by Rajeev Kapoor, Secretary of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), Ajay Mathur outlined the energy efficiency developments along with Sanjay Seth, CEO, GRIHA council and Saurabh Kumar, MD/ Energy Efficiency Services Ltd.

Mathur said that with his visionary approach the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh N. Chandra Babu Naidu has become the champion of Energy Efficiency, which will go a long way in the areas of environmental protection, as well as Energy savings and overall economic development.

In this context, Ajay Jain Principal Secretary, Energy, I&I and CRDA Govt. of Andhra Pradesh who has been invited by TERI as a special guest to the 8th GRIHA Summit 2017, sent a special message read by A. Chandra Sekhara Reddy, CEO/ MD, Andhra Pradesh State Energy Efficiency Development Corporation (APSEEDCO), during the Summit.

The message is as following: “The State Govt. is putting all efforts to place Andhra Pradesh as the most energy efficient state in the Global Map by adopting latest innovations in Energy Efficiency front, with a Noble cause of environmental protection, energy security to the posterity besides ensuring substantial economic savings to the common consumers.”

The theme of the 8th GRIHA Summit being associated with World Bank, UNDP and International Finance Corporation etc., and attended by over 1000 professionals from the building and construction industry is “Transforming Habitats,” which is in line with the government’s current agenda for Smart Cities, inclusive growth, and sustainable development. (NSS)

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Chandrababu receives four designs for Amaravati


Amaravati: Chief Minister N Chandrabu Naidu had received four designs for the government offices in the start up area of the new capital Amaravati. The master developer, Norman Foster and Partners from London have submitted the plans to the Chief Minister, who wanted the firm to have similarity in the plan and structures that would reflect the rich heritage of the Telugus.

Receiving the plans the Chief Minister said that the government structures and buildings will be iconic and unique and that all the structures should be build uniformly. The Chief Minister said that the Assembly, High Court buildings and other structures which are to come up in the government block will be unique.

Local architects help and advice should also be considered besides taking advice from national and international persons the Chief Minister said. He further added that Amaravati will be one among the top 5 cities in the world. The new capital city will have the culture, tradition, history and the legacy of the Telugu tradition. The committee set up for studying the culture and heritage aspect will provide necessary suggestion to you, CM told Norman.

People should own the capital city. Their active participation is very important for us. Bring all people together and take their interests and aspirations into consideration. To take people’s advice and suggestion we will use social media platform. A special web portal will be setup to take suggestion from all the Telugu people who are living abroad.Besides this, facebook page, twitter account, instagram, youtube account will be opened for their suggestions and advice.

The Chief Minister has convened a meeting with all ministers, secretaries, and heads of the departments to showcase the concept designs of Norman Foster. The Chief Minister keenly observed the 4 model designs of the government structures which would come up in 900 acres of land.  

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Youth Congress to hold peoples ballot on TDP poll promises

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Amaravati: The Andhra Pradesh Youth Congress would hold peoples ballot on the election promises that Telugu Desam Party (TDP) president and Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu made during the 2014 election, said All India Youth Congress general secretary Abraham Roy Mani and secretary V Varaprasad.

Speaking to media persons after the AP Youth Congress executive meeting at Andhra Rathna Bhavan, the YC leaders criticized the Chief Minister for his failure to fulfill the election promises. The leaders said that Chandrababu Naidu had promised one job for every family and wanted to know how many jobs were provided to the youth in the State in the last three years. They also recalled the TDP promise of monthly stipend for the unemployed youth and regretted that not a single rupee was paid to a single unemployed youth in the State.

The YC leaders said that the AP youth had high hopes on the special category status that would bring more investments to the State resulting in employment creation. However, they alleged that Chandrababu Naidu had compromised for the special package and dumped the special category status. They accused the Chief Minister of making huge commissions out of the special package at the cost of the future of the youth. “The youth of this State had high hopes of special category status. A huge number of industries were expected and there were hopes of a large of number of jobs to be created. But, by compromising for the package, the Chief Minister had dashed the hopes of the youth,” the YC leaders alleged.

Referring to the Chief Minister’s claims on building a Golden Amaravati, the YC leaders ridiculed the claims and said that Chandrababu Naidu would not even build a copper Amaravati. They said that the YC would take up extensive campaign on the failures of the TDP rule in the last three years. The YC would conduct peoples ballot on the promises like job for youth, loan waiver for the farmers, women and weavers. The Youth Congress would also lead a campaign against the lies of Chandrababu Naidu and expose his intentions in compromising with the BJP government for the special package.

The Youth Congress leaders reiterated that they would continue to fight for the special category status which would bring more industries to the State and create employment opportunities.

AP Youth Congress leaders Madan Mohan, K Amarnath and others were present. 

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Amaravati to be best city of century reflecting culture and heritage: Experts committee

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Amaravati: The new capital, Amaravati, should be designed as a best city in the century reflecting Telugu culture and heritage, observed experts committee on Amaravati designing headed by Dr Parakala Prabhakar.

The two-day meeting of the experts committee started in Vijayawada on Wednesday. The committee will prepare designs of the capital reflecting Telugu culture and history and submit the designs to master architect Norman Foster Company.

The members of the expert committee discussed on the entrance structure of Amaravati. The committee will give it’s suggestions to government. Dr Prabhakar appealed to experts to offer their advices keeping in view the importance of nine cities focusing on nine specialties. He said everyone in the state prefer reflection of Telugu culture and heritage in designs of Amaravati. He said it is a rare opportunity to design entire city reflecting our culture.

The committee decided that the constructions should reflect Indian and especially Andhra culture. Some of them opined that the Amaravati designs should reflect the structure of our ancient kingdoms. They supported the plantation of medicinal plants to develop greenery and to bring down temperature.

Tirupati Sri Venkatswara museum director V Ranganayakulu said that the government offices should reflect the ancient `manduva logili’ structures for free flow of air and Sun light. The buildings should be named with historical names. Some of the members suggested the Assembly building should reflect Chandragiri fort. They said that Undavalli caves should be given a face lift.

Sri Venkateswara University retired professor Kirankant chowdary said that the structure in the capital should reflect ancient kingdoms including Satavahanas, Ikshvakas, Salankayanas and Buddhists. Writer Sai Papineni said that the designers should adopt the technology in Los Angeles structures to bring down the temperature. A retired archaeological official KV Rao said that the buildings should reflect the Buddhism traces in Amaravati region.

Cine architect Anand Sai said entire city should be in one colour for more attraction. Director of cultural affairs Vijaybhaskar said that the structures should reflect the history of Kalinga kingdom. He said Kalinga kingdom spread over Ganga to Godavari rivers. But the history confined to three districts at present.

Historian Sivanagi Reddy said that the structures in Amaravati should reflect the culture of all regions of the state. Amaravati heritage city advisor Galla Amareswar said that the suggestions of experts should be developed as designs in 3D system and should be presented to Norman Foster.

The CRDA official said 1800 km length of roads would be developed in the city. After conclusion of the meeting the experts committee members inspected the Amaravati capital region.

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Don’t turn AP into a major dumping yard, ex-bureaucrat warns AP govt

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Amaravati: A former bureaucrat and environmentalist EAS Sarma has warned the AP government against turning the State into a dumping yard by accepting industries and other institutions which are rejected by the people of other States and countries. He also took strong exception to the indiscriminate land pooling for capital and other purposes in the State.

Sarma, who is currently involved in a case against the State government on Amaravati with the National Green Tribunal, alleged that the government was taking land from the farmers for industries, ports and roads indiscriminately. He regretted that thousands of acres of land in the State was taken from farmers ignoring the provisions of the 2013 Land Acquisition Act. He found fault with the government for introducing land pooling system in violation of the 2013 Act. He said that the fertile agriculture lands are being destroyed in the name of development.

Referring to the land pooling in Amaravati, the former bureaucrat, who worked at the Central government in various capacities, feared that the officials and the leaders who were involved in land pooling would have to face legal consequences in future. He said that the officials were ignoring the rulings of the National Green Tribunal and expressed confidence that it would set things right and correct the erring officials and politicians responsible for land pooling in Amaravati.

Sarma also raised objections to land pooling in the name of ports, industries and roads. He wondered why there is a need for a straight six lane road from Ananthapur to Amaravati which requires land acquisition depriving the people, particularly the farmers, of their lands.

Sarma took exception to the government allowing nuclear power plant to come up in Kovvada in Srikakulam district and at Kavali in Nellore district. He said that these two plants were rejected by the people of Gujarat and wondered why the Andhra Pradesh Government was going for them. He further recalled that the developed countries were not favouring nuclear power plants and found fault with the AP Government for favouring them. “Whatever is rejected by the developed nations is being dumped in AP by the government turning the entire State into a dumping yard,” Sarma alleged.

Former minister Vadde Sobhanadreeswara Rao, took strong objections to the government allocating lands to various educational and health institutions. He said that the government had taken the lands from farmers by promising not to do business on them. However, after taking the lands, it was selling the same lands to various national and international companies, which he termed as real estate business. He sought to advise the IAS and other officials who are involved in land pooling and selling in the name of capital and other development activities.

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9 internal cities in Amaravati get the land

  • Master plan to be ready by Feb 22

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Amaravati: The AP Capital Region Development Authority (APCRDA) is getting ready to receive the master plan for the prestigious world class capital – Amaravati. The master designers are set to submit the plan and designs for the buildings on February 22.

Meanwhile, the government had allocated the lands for the nine internal cities that were proposed as part of the new capital. The nine internal cities – Administrative City, Justice City, Finance City, Knowledge City, Electronics City, Health City, Sports City, Media City and Tourism city – were given lands and the APCRDA had earmarked the places where these cities are to be constructed. Each of the cities would have both official and residential sectors and the residential would be exclusively for those working in the respective city.

As the new Amaravati city which is set to come up in 217.23 square kilometers will have the nine internal cities. The government had allocated the highest of 11,574 acres for the Tourism City that is set to come along the river from Undavalli, while the lowest of 2702 acres of land was allocated for the Administrative City that would have all the government establishments including the Assembly and Secretariat. This city is planned to come up along the river Krishna between Tallayapalem and Uddandarayapalem. The Finance City, to be located between the Tourism City and the Administrative City around Venkatapalem, was given 5,168 acres. The Finance City would have all the financial institutions of both government and private sectors.

Sports City that is coming up between Thulluru and Borupalem would have all the indoor and outdoor stadia, sports ministry and department on a sprawling 4150 acres. This city would also have sports-based industries for which the APCRDA had allocated 134 acres. There would be guest houses for the visiting guests and sports persons whenever an event is organised.

The Justice City would house the State High Court, all legal departments, residences of judges and employees on a 3438 acres located between Velagapudi and Rayapudi.

The Media City with 5107 acres around Nekkallu and Nelapadu would have all the media offices, both print and electronic media, web media. The city would also have the residences of the media personnel.

The Health City, now planned 6511 acres around Nidamarru and Kuragallu villages would have the Ministry and Departments of Medical and Health, the University of Health Sciences, all corporate hospitals, pharmacies and medical and health related industries, besides the residences for the officers and employees of the sector.

The 6582 acre Electronic City proposed near Krishnayapalem and Bethapudi would have electronic industries, offices of both government and private sector.

The Knowledge City proposed between Venkatapalem and Mandadam villages would have all universities and technical institutions of both government and private sectors.

The nine cities are connected with three roads of each 60 meter wide. In addition, there would be internal roads of each 50 meters and 25 meters wide providing better connectivity. A six-lane inner ring road is also proposed for 97.5 km connecting all these nine cities. This would follow an 8-lane outer ring road for 186 km and 134 km long metro rail project.

The APCRDA is planning to present this to the Chief Minister on February 22, along with the draft master plan to be submitted by the master architects. The work on these cities and plans are likely to begin in the second week of March.

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Lokesh to be inducted into AP Cabinet

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Amaravati: It has been more than two years wait for the Nara family to see the big dream coming true, may be in a fortnight or a month with the family head and Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu deciding to bless his son, Lokesh, with a Cabinet berth. The decision will give power to the second generation in the Nara family that started with Chandrababu Naidu three decades ago.

Lokesh’ inclusion in the Cabinet has been pending for over two years with the party leaders raising the demand. The Cabinet expansion, which is initially due for last Dasara did not take place as Chandrababu Naidu delayed his decision on crowing his son with the Cabinet post. Chandrababu Naidu allowed the party leaders at all levels to discuss and accept the inclusion of Lokesh in the Cabinet. He had allowed the leaders to create a positive atmosphere in the party in favour of Lokesh and finally decided on making his son a Minister.

There are two reasons for the party leaders to back the induction of Lokesh in the cabinet. The first reason is to get into the good books of the Chief Minister, the leaders are raising the demand for inclusion of Lokesh in the cabinet. The second reason is that some of them are upset with the young leader trying to dominate them both in the party and the government as well. If Lokesh is made a Minister and given a portfolio, he would get busy with the Ministry and find no time to poke at others. They also want to see that Lokesh performance is also measured and he is proved a failure before the party goes for the next elections. The advocates of the two reasons have their own support in the party and they are set to celebrate his inclusion in the Cabinet.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu is busy building his new cabinet that would take this government for the 2019 elections. With hardly one year to go for this government, as 2019 will be having elections to all local bodies, panchayats, mandals, zilla parishads, municipalities and municipal corporations, the Chief Minister wants his new team performance-oriented. He is said to be unhappy with half a dozen of his Cabinet colleagues now and wants to replace them. He has another half a dozen vacancies which he would have to fill. If everything goes well, Chandrababu Naidu wants dozen new faces in his cabinet including his son, Lokesh. Besides inducting new faces and dropping some from his cabinet, the Chief Minister is also said to be planning to change the portfolios of some of the Ministers.

The other important factor that this round of reshuffle is set to see is the possibility of giving berths to the legislators who have come from the Opposition YSR Congress. The legislators like Jyothula Nehru, Bhuma Nagi Reddy and Jaleel Khan are firm on having a berth in the new cabinet and it is to be seen how they would make it finally.

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AP Capital, Amaravati, gets new railway line at Rs 2,680 cr

Amaravati: The new capital of Andhra Pradesh, Amaravati, finally secured railway connectivity. The city would now be connected with Guntur and Vijayawada covering 106 km at an estimated cost of Rs 2,680 crore. The new track would pass through the core capital area of Thulluru between Guntur and Vijayawada. This would bring down the rush on both Guntur and Vijayawada junctions and would emerge as the major junction connecting the north with the southern parts of the country. So far Vijayawada has been the biggest railway junction connecting the north with the south.

The Union government had included this proposal in the budget that was presented to the Parliament by Finance Minister Arun Jaitely for 2017-18. The survey for the new line was cleared in the 2016-17 budget and the Rail Vikas Nigam Limited had already done with the survey and presented it to the Railway Board. It was basing on this survey, the Union government had sanctioned the new line and allocated funds. As the State government owns 33,000 acres of land in the capital villages land acquisition for the new line has become easy for the government. The acquisition is now required only between Thulluru and Guntur, which would also be completed early with the people readily accepting the new rail connection in their area.

The new track is likely to start from the Krishna Canal Junction on the banks of river Krishna and pass through Undavalli, Penumaka, Venkatapalem, Mandadam, Velagapudi, Rayapudi and Thulluru villages of the capital region. Thulluru would become the major junction in the years to come as it is set to have two more lines giving an alternative line for Chennai-New Delhi trains. The government had also cleared new line from Nambur (near Acharya Nagarjuna University) to Errapalem (Khammam) district passing through Amaravati (Thulluru) junction. The new line is given Rs 2,068.98 crore, while another line from Amaravati Junction to Pedakurapadu in Guntur district is given Rs 300.40 crore. Besides the passenger services, the goods services on New Delhi-Chennai route would also be diverted to this line keeping Amaravati junction as major terminal. The AP government had proposed to make it the country’s biggest terminal /junction. The new line would mean a new double lane bridge on river Krishna between Vadlamanu and Paritala.

Besides the new line for the capital, the Central government had also cleared several projects for the State including third line between Khazipet and Vijayawada (Rs 100 crore) and survey for the fourth line on this route. They Union government had also cleared the proposals for extension of the Vijayawada-Machlipatnam line up to Machilipatnam Port, double line with electrification on Vijayawada-Bhimavara-Nidadavolu, doubling between Guntakallu-Guntur and doubling between Vijayawada and Nidadavolu.

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