Japanese teams interact with officials to set up world-class infra in Amaravati

Dara Gopi

Amaravati: Japan government agencies are set to help the AP Government in developing the new capital Amaravati. As a follow-up to the agreement signed between the two governments on October 22, 2015, a Japanese delegation has visited the city and held an interactive meeting with the officials of the AP Capital Region Development Authority (APCRDA), the Amaravati Development Company (ADC) and the Vijayawada city police.

Japan’s Ministry of Economy Trade and Industry (METI) Deputy Director General Haruhiko Andoh led a five-member delegation from the METI and gave a presentation to the officials on the areas where they would be assisting the State government in Amaravati.

The METI would help AP establish data centers, cloud computing infrastructure, systems related to weather radar, water supply, sewerage treatment and traffic control.

The Internet Initiative of Japan proposed state-of-the-art modular data centers that would deliver internet services for the city and the State with high efficiency low energy consumption internet services. The data centers being modular would also support cloud computing for various citizen applications, and could be constructed in a very short time. Japan being a leader in internet and communication technologies, it would ensure the best smart technologies are in place in the Capital city.

Toshiba made a presentation on a weather radar system that included a comprehensive strategy to tackle disaster management in the Capital city. The system would be connected with the canal systems, river, and sewerage and transport systems to predict disasters before they occur. Although the possibility of disasters in Amaravati is low, the lessons learnt from disaster management in Japan were presented. Systems that have made Japan the resilient city it is today could be adopted in Amaravati, ensuring zero causality however fatal a disaster may be.

To ensure every household gets high quality clean potable water, Kobelco showed a water treatment solution that has been implemented in various locations across the globe. The system has very low operating expenditure and has been tailored to the water quality requirements of Amaravati region.

In line with the vision of the city to be sustainable and environmental friendly, a sewerage treatment plant with advanced energy saving technology was presented. The system has been implemented previously in various parts of the world.

Nippon Signal proposed a state-of-the-art traffic signal system that would de-congest Vijayawada signals given its multiple road network and constraints. Rana, DCP (Traffic) pointed out that the city of Vijayawada has multiple constraints as city, leading to it being one of the most congested cities in the world. The city’s topography — a river on one side and hillocks on the other side — has restricted development to a closed area. Besides, the multiple National Highways that go through the city contribute to a lot of traffic, which is difficult to manage.

The Japan team undertook, with the help of Vijayawada Police, surveys at over 25 key intersections in Vijayawada to arrive at a mitigation plan and proposal for implementation of a signaling system. The proposal would use sensors to dynamically change the duration of signals ensuring no congestion at the intersections.

The proposals made by different Japanese companies would ensure world-class standards for the infrastructure at Amaravati in line with the Chief Minister’s vision.

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