The nine thematic regions comprising of Knowledge, Tourism, Sports, Electronics, Health, Finance, Media and Government have started shaping up in Andhra Pradesh’s capital of Amaravati. As per Indian Express report, the state government will lay the foundation stone for the Government City, which will include Secretariat and Legislative complex on Dussehra later this month. Apart from this the construction of the high court will commence from October 30.
Knowledge and Health cities are experiencing the fastest development at Amaravati. At Knowledge City, which is also the centre of Amaravati and connects other eight theme cities, educational institutions like SRM University, National Institute of Design, Amity University, Amrita University, Centurion Institute of Tool Design, and National Institute of Fashion Technology have started construction of their campuses. Interestingly, Vellore Institute of Technology has already started its first batch earlier in July.
At the Health City, Indo-UK Institute of Health, an AIIMS and a 2,250-bed multi-super-speciality hospital of Mata Amritanandamayi Trust, which is an extension of the Amrita Medical University, are fast coming up. Dubai-based BR Shetty Group is also setting up a medi-city project, including a super-speciality hospital and a stem cell research unit. At nearby Mangalagiri IT Park in Guntur district, a Pi Data Centre has come up with an investment of Rs 600 crore. When fully developed, it would be the largest data centre in the country with over 1,500 software professionals working there.
As per Indian Express report, the Director of Economic Development, AP Capital Region Development Authority (CRDA), Y Nagi Reddy said, “Our focus was on Knowledge and Health cities first and much of the development that is taking place is at these two places. The total investment in the Knowledge City would be Rs 20,000 crore approximately, while Rs 30,000 crore is expected at the Health City. The concept of developing such theme cities in a capital city is first in the country.” He added,”Tenders would be shortly called for the construction of the government complex.”
The Andhra Pradesh High Court complex will be in the shape of Buddhist stupa, while the Legislative complex would be shaped like a diamond. Moreover, along the Krishna river, development of a start-up hub has also begun by a consortium of Singapore-based Ascendas-Singbridge and Sembcorp Development. As per IE report, the area is to be developed in 15 to 20 years. A greenfield project, it includes infrastructure development to prepare the site for a mix of business, commercial and residential activities, as well as catalytic development in the startup area, said an official of the state’s Capital Region Development Authority (CRDA).
Also taking lessons from Chennai and Mumbai floods, Amaravati is being developed with flood security plan and anti inundation measures prepared by consultants from IIT Madras and Netherlands. The consultants have prepared designs to avoid flood and water stagnation in Guntur and Vijayawada also. A massive storm water drainage project, which is being funded by the Union urban development ministry, is also under construction, the report added.