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  1. Feb 19, 2018

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    TERI to make Amaravati green
    THE HANS INDIA | Feb 19,2018 , 02:55 AM IST



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    TERI Director General Dr Ajay Mathur (right) along with Institute of Global Environment Strategies president Kazuhiko Takeuchi (second from left) and others releasing a poster endorsing Amaravati to be the World’s Most Sustainable Capital City in New Delhi on Saturday

    Amaravati: In a boost to the construction of capital city of Amaravati, the World Sustainable Development Summit (WSDS)-2018 in New Delhi has endorsed Amaravati to be the ‘World’s Most Sustainable Capital City’ as a recognition to the efforts of the state government to build nine cities in the proposed capital as sustainable and economically potential.The summit, in which over 40 countries participated, was conducted by world’s renowned think tank ‘The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI).’ The TERI also agreed to support Amaravati in developing green buildings and promoting 100 per cent pollution free environment. “TERI Director general, Mathur said they were contemplating to organise a global energy efficiency summit in Amaravati,” Energy department said in press release here on Sunday.In his message, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu urged the global experts to share innovative and sustainable technologies for development of Amaravati. He said the government has also focused on creation of integrated townships to accommodate the large scale population as AP could have an urban population of around 42-45% by 2029.

    Making a presentation during the summit, Principal Secretary to Energy, I&I and CRDA Ajay Jain said AP government decided to adopt environmentally sound technologies and global best practices for achieving development in economic growth, level of urbanisation and increased climatic resilience.Ajay Jain said that sustainable solution was envisaged for nine liveable cities in Amaravati to have a self-sustaining ecosystem with walk-to- work environment that generates its own economic growth and creates jobs and caters to social and recreational needs of employees.“We are also going for non-polluting, micro small and medium enterprises, start-ups, light and green industries, service sector like banks, knowledge based industries, logistics and support system, skill development centre that create sustainable economic activity and jobs,” he explained.Highlighting the major milestones of AP in energy efficiency and renewable energy sources such as LED street lighting, energy efficient pump sets and solar pump sets programmes etc, he stated the share of renewable energy generation in AP which was around 25% now would be increased to 50% to 60% by 2029.He also informed the summit that the World Bank has supported Amaravati Sustainable Capital City Development Project (ASCCDP) which was aimed to build urban services of flood mitigation, sanitation and road connectivity for selected parts of capital city as well as develop capacity of its public urban governance institutions. CEO of State Energy Conservation Mission A Chandra Sekhar Reddy also participated in the summit.

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  2. Mar 30, 2018

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    Soon to be under green cover, Vijayawada set to look more appealing
    By Express News Service | Published: 30th March 2018 05:48 AM |

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    Vijayawada administration has decided to develop greenery between Vijayawada airport in Gannavaram

    VIJAYAWADA: With the three-day Happy Cities Summit inching closer, the administration has decided to develop greenery between Vijayawada airport in Gannavaram and A Convention Centre, where the event would be hosted from April 10.

    The commissioner of AP Capital Region Development Authority (CRDA) Cherukuri Sreedhar, chairperson and managing director of Amaravati Development Corporation Ltd (ADCL) Lakshmi Parthasarathi and commissioner of Vijayawada Municipal Corporation (VMC) J Nivas inspected the stretch between the airport and Ramavarappadu junction on Thursday.

    As such, the officials concerned were directed to develop greenery in a way that it would attract the attention of the foreign delegates who would be visiting the city. They also told the officials concerned to increase the height of the fencing.

    The heads of APCRDA, ADCL and VMC also directed the officials to chalk out plans to beautify other parts of the city, making them appealing to the delegates.

    Meanwhile, a delegation from World Bank on Thursday inspected the ongoing road works in the capital region and enquired about the progress of the projects taken up by ADCL and CRDA.

    IT Towers in Capital

    Seeking public opinion, the CRDA officials released five more conceptual designs for the proposed IT Towers in Amaravati. The officials said that the designs are made available on Facebook, Twitter, CRDA website and Google spreadsheets, where the public can leave their feedback.

    It maybe recalled that CRDA had released 19 designs of the proposed IT Towers in the last week of February, in addition to the ones released on Thursday. The officials said that the design, which gets the maximum thumbs-up, would be presented to Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu for final call.

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  4. Apr 13, 2018

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    ‘Top sporting facilities planned at Amaravati’
    VIJAYAWADA, APRIL 13, 2018 00:40 IST
    UPDATED: APRIL 13, 2018 00:40 IST
    • Sports management outfit GoSports launched
      Minister for Sports Kollu Ravindra on Thursday said that the State government has planned to shape capital Amaravati into a city capable of hosting international events in days to come and cited allocation of land to build a sports city.

      Speaking at the inaugural function of GoSports, a sports event management outfit, he said the new sports policy was aimed at providing top class infrastructure and encouraging sporting talent to reach new heights.

      “Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu is working towards making Amaravati a sporting hub for bigger events.,” he said. He hailed the success of Venkata Ragala, a weightlifter from Guntur, at the ongoing Commonwealth Games and subsequent announcement of a cash award of ₹15 lakh by the CM.

      ‘Welcome sign’

      BCCI Senior Selection Committee Chairman M.S.K. Prasad said the entry of GoSports was a welcome sign as it was aimed at promoting various games other than cricket.

      Andhra Pradesh Table Tennis Association secretary S.M. Sultan shared the difficulties faced by sports associations other than cricket bodies.

      Andhra Cricket Association general secretary Ch. Arun Kumar said outfits like GoSports would infuse professionalism into the sports segment.

      As the inaugural tournament, GoSports is staging a corporate T-20 tournament from April 13 to 22 at Mulapadu playfields.


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  5. Apr 13, 2018

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    CM seeks suggestions for Amaravati
    THE HANS INDIA | Apr 13,2018 , 03:20 AM IST

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    Mangalagiri: Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has promised that the State government will implement the valuable suggestions taken from the Happy Cities Summit in building the Amaravati capital.Participating as chief guest in valedictory of the Summit on Thursday, Naidustated that constructing greenfield city is a rare opportunity for any state and the Andhra Pradesh got this opportunity.

    Naidu said that he had rich experience of constructing brownfield city Cyberabad but this greenfield city construction is altogether a new experience and needed more efforts here. Observing that Singapore city was enjoying high security and good liveable conditions, he said Finland and Netherland also have wonderful cities.

    Though Japan has high living standards, the happiness was missing in the citizens, which needed serious attention, he added. Stating all the rich persons and poor were not happy, Naidu stated though the poorest of poor in AP were living in huts in forest areas, they were leading a happy life. At the same time, the richest persons were worrying more for materialistic things, he added.

    He appreciated the participants of Pitch Competitions where the participants presented innovative ideas. The CRDA entered memorandum of understanding with winners in the competition and Naidu directed them to start working from now onwards.

    During the end of the summit, Naidu also launched Happy Cities Innovation Lab, which will encourage the talent. Loh Ah Tuan, member, panel of experts CLC, Singapore, stated that theSummit gave good suggestions to policy makers across the globe.

    He informed they are going to conduct the same summit in Singapore in June and invited the delegates to participate in the meet.

    Andrew Fleming, British Deputy High Commissioner, UK, gave concluding remarks for the Summit.

    Mariela Cruz Alvarez, Ambassador of Costa Rica to India opined that when compared with New Delhi’s pollution, the environment in Amaravati gave happiness to her. VaradPande, Partner and Practice Lead – Public Policy Dalberg explained Finland is going to play crucial role in education sector in AP, while giving summary of the Summit.

    In the programme, he released a book on AP Land Pooling Scheme namely “Innovative and inclusive Land pooling Scheme” and saluted the farmers for giving 33,000 acres of land for constructing the capital city. In the three-day summit, 125 delegates from 15 countries including Singapore, UK, the US, Finland, Costa Rica, Columbia and Bhutan participated along with 1,500 delegates from across the state and country.Naidu invites innovative ideas

    In the valedictory summit, the Chief Minister requested the talented people across the world to come and join in building Amaravati.Naidu promised that he would encourage the innovative ideas and everyone could be proud in the success of Amaravati, if they participate in its development.Announcing that the Amaravati will be made as Innovation Valley, Naidu wished that every innovation must come from Amaravati. As the CRDA adopted the innovative ideas suggested by the Summit, the state government will take and encourage them, he added.

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  6. Apr 23, 2018

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    Andhra CM Naidu taps into World Bank to fund his dream capital Amaravati

    The authority that is overseeing the development of Amaravati put the total cost of capital construction at Rs 48,115 crore, which might go up to Rs 58,000 crore in the next 20 years.
    INDIA Updated: Apr 22, 2018 23:36 IST

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    Andhra Pradesh chief minister Chandrababu Naidu had been facing an uphill task to showcase progress due to the paucity of funds.(HT Photo)

    With further financial support from the Centre becoming uncertain following the break-up in the TDP-BJP alliance, Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu has decided to tap into all possible resources to mobilise funds for his dream project of giving capital Amaravati a concrete shape before the 2019 general elections.

    Going by the pace of work, Naidu had been facing an uphill task to showcase progress due to the paucity of funds. But with financial agencies such as Housing and Urban Development Corporation (Hudco) and World Bank sanctioning funds, besides commercial banks agreeing to loans, the scenario may change soon. During a review meeting recently, the Andhra Pradesh Capital Region Development Authority (APCRDA), which is overseeing the development of Amaravati, put the total cost of capital construction at Rs 48,115 crore, which might go up to Rs 58,000 crore in the next 20 years.

    The Centre, however, gave only Rs 1,500 crore in the last three years, while the state sent proposals for another Rs 1,000 crore for this year.

    “But not a single rupee was allocated in the Union budget for Amaravati this year,” Naidu said in the meeting. The TDP government has so far mobilised Rs 16,810 crore through financial agencies and bank loans. While Hudco sanctioned Rs 1,275 crore in December last year for infrastructure works such as roads, a World Bank loan for Rs 3,324 crore is expected in a month or two, which will be used for major arterial roads, flood mitigation and to upgrade village infrastructure.

    “Commercial banks are providing financial assistance of Rs 2,026 crore for the housing projects,” APCRDA commissioner Cherukuri Sridhar said.

    https://www.hindustantimes.com/indi...l-amaravati/story-rQN2B5uGXL6MU6l4bwtE3H.html
     
  7. Apr 23, 2018

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    The only difference between Amaravati & a sci-fi film is one of them will soon be real
    VANDANA MENON 21 April, 2018
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    The design for what Amaravati will look like, along the banks of the river Krishna
    The first phase of the dream capital city of Andhra Pradesh will be complete by the end of 2018, it is hoped. But delays, doubts & fears hang like a cloud.

    Amaravati: Construction work on Andhra Pradesh’s new capital Amaravati has finally begun, and officials say the first phase of Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu’s dream project will be complete by the end of this year.

    Spread across 53,000 acres of land, Amaravati is being built virtually from scratch. Inspired by what looks like a mix of Singapore and cities that feature in sci-fi films, Naidu says he aims to make it the most “futuristic” capital city in the world.

    The model for the entire city
    The master plan includes a government complex modelled on New York’s Central Park, 27 townships, navigable waterways and nine themed “mini-cities”. It is projected to house 3.5 million people by 2050.

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    The Central Park-inspired government complex
    However, that vision has only just began to take shape. As ThePrint reportedpreviously, Amaravati has been battling problems over design, environmental clearances and acquisition of 33,500 acres of land through a unique land-pooling scheme.

    A ‘futuristic’ project
    Announced on 1 January 2015, Amaravati has been designed by the high-profile architect Norman Foster, of Foster + Partners, after researching and analysing cities and countries around the world, most notably Singapore.

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    Engineering and design are complete, and physical construction has begun. The Singaporean firms Ascendas-Singbridge Pvt. Ltd. and SembCorp Development Pvt. Ltd. have been given the rights to construct. Over the last three years and four months, 95 percent of the land required for the project has been acquired.

    The city aims to be completely environment friendly, and will be powered by solar energy. Traffic and vehicular pollution will be minimised through a “5-10-15” rule used in the city’s design — from any given house, all necessary and emergency services such hospitals and schools will be a 5-minute walk; open and recreational spaces will be a 10-minute walk; and work will be a 15-minute walk.

    The Commissioner of the Andhra Pradesh Capital Region Development Authority (APCRDA), Dr Sreedhar Cherukuri, says 53 percent of the first phase of the project is complete. Phase I includes government housing and basic infrastructure such as roads and power supply, and will cost around Rs 50,000 crore.

    The entire city is expected to cost Rs 1 lakh crore to build, Cherukuri says.

    The project’s promoters claim Amaravati will be one of the “happiest” cities in the world. The city hosted the Happy Cities Summit, an international conference on urban innovation and happiness, from 10-13 April. Naidu inaugurated the three-day summit attended by delegates from across the globe, including Finland and Bhutan, considered two of the happiest countries in the world.

    “Make Amaravati your second home,” Naidu urged the participants, adding that the Andhra Pradesh government aims to use technology to enable participative governance and sustainable living to ensure a high happiness quotient.

    Current status
    A visit to the construction sites shows that while work has begun, not much has been accomplished yet, particularly in view of the project deadline of February 2019.

    Construction work on government housing complexes — to be built using the ‘shear wall’ technology, which does not use bricks — has only just begun, but APCRDA says all complexes will be ready by the end of this year.

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    The current stage of construction for the housing for MLAs and MLCs
    In all, 3,840 apartments will be built by the end of 2018, according to Zachariah Madasu, the chief engineer for Housing & Building at APCRDA

    APCRDA claims work on all the other parts of Amaravati has also begun, although the only structure standing is the temporary secretariat, from which the Andhra government has been functioning since 2015. The building was constructed in a record 139 days.

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    Environmental concerns
    Although the project has been publicised as a marvel of sustainable engineering and design, local activists have raised concerns about its ecological viability.

    Anumolu Gandhi, a local farmer and activist, says the land Amaravati will occupy is prone to floods. The city will be built on existing floodplains, setting the stage for future disasters, he fears.

    The area has flooded twice in the last 20 years. In 2009, roughly 29,000 acres of the 53,000 acres going towards Amaravati’s development were flooded by the Kondaveeti Vagu, a tributary of the Krishna river.

    APCRDA says it has taken measures to protect the region from floods by introducing a “lifting scheme” — Kondaveeti Vagu will be widened, and four reservoirs will be built to avoid flash-floods.

    Cheruku, the commissioner, said the National Green Tribunal has reviewed the entire project and given it a green signal. “The city is completely floodproof,” he says.

    This reporter visited Amaravati as a guest of the Andhra Pradesh government.

    https://theprint.in/governance/difference-amaravati-sci-fi-film-one-of-them-will-soon-be-real/51506/
     
  8. Aug 28, 2018

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    Amaravati bonds listed on Bombay Stock Exchange

    VIJAYAWADA, AUGUST 28, 2018 00:50 IST
    UPDATED: AUGUST 28, 2018 00:50 IST
    • Set up an innovation centre in State, Naidu tells BSE MD
      The ringing of the bell at Sir Dinshaw Petit International Convention Hall at the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) by Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu at 9.15 a.m. on Monday marked the listing of Amaravati bonds just about two weeks after their placement with qualified institutional buyers.

      The AP-Capital Region Development Authority (AP-CRDA) issued the bonds worth ₹2,000 crore including a basic offer of ₹1,300 crore and a green-shoe option of ₹700 crore on August 14 and what made the issue a historic one is it is the biggest ever fund-raising made by any Indian urban development authority for infrastructure creation.

      Addressing the gathering after the ceremonial ringing of the gong, Mr. Naidu said it was one of a wide variety of funding avenues that the Andhra Pradesh government had explored in the process of mobilising funds for the construction of Amaravati and said the good response had reflected the investor confidence in the State government and the capital project.

      He described the bond route as a new approach to fast-track development and exuded confidence that Amaravati would shape up into the happiest city with the highest quality of infrastructure and a thriving economic environment.

      Asserting that A.P. was far ahead of others in adopting new concepts and technologies, Mr. Naidu requested BSE MD and CEO Ashish Kumar Chauhan to set up an innovation centre in the State. The bond issue was guaranteed by the Government of A.P. and was rated by CRISIL, Brickwork and Acuite supported by A.K. Capital Services as the sole arranger.

      Principal secretary (CRDA) Ajay Jain detailed the major milestones the State government had crossed in the construction of the capital city.

      State Planning Board vice-chairman C. Kutumba Rao said to start with, only a small portion of the ₹2,000 crore of the entire project requirement (Phase-I) of nearly ₹48,120 crore had been mobilised through bonds .

      https://www.thehindu.com/news/natio...-on-bombay-stock-exchange/article24795729.ece
     
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    TTD to build Tirumala temple replica in Amaravati
    THE HANS INDIA | Aug 24,2018 , 02:47 AM IST

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    Amaravati: Tirumala-Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) is planning to construct a temple for Sri Venkateswara Swamy on a 25-acre land in the capital city. A team of TTD officials led by joint executive officer P Bhaskar presented their plans and designs of the temple, which will be on the lines of Tirumala temple, to Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu at his residence in Undavalli on Thursday.

    The officers said that the designs for new temple have been made as per Agama and Vastu sastras. Naidu suggested that the sanctity of temple be protected and modern facilities be provided outside the temple with separate funds.The temple consisting of Garbhalayam with Vimana or Sikhara, named as ‘Prasada’ by Agamas and Vastu sastras is worshipped as a symbolic form of God. According to Agamas and Vastu sastras, various parts of the temple are considered as symbolic representation of limbs of the God either with standing or seated postures.The architecture and sculptures of the proposed temple plans have been prepared in accordance with the Kasyapa Silpasastram, Mayamathamu and Maanasaramu, according to TTD officials.

    They said that the temple was designed with a mix of Pallava, Chola, Chalukya and Vijayanagara architectures. It may be noted here that the most beautiful example of Pallava architecture is Kailasanatha temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and the Vaikunta Perumal temple of Lord Vishnu of 7th century located at Kanchipuram.The Chola architecture includes Tanjore and Gangaikonda Cholapuram in Tiruchurappalli district in Tamil Nadu built in 11th century AD.

    The Chalukya architecture rock temple include Lord Vishnu temple in Badami, Aihole and Virupaksha temple of Lord Shiva at Pattadakal in Bijapur district of Karnataka. The Vijayanagara architecture includes the splendid temples of Hazararama and Vittala at Hampi built in Krishnadevaraya reign of 1509-50 AD.

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    AMARAVATI TO HOST ROUND 6 OF THE 2018 UIM F1H2O WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

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    Saturday, 14 July: Andhra Pradesh Tourism has confirmed that round 6 of the 2018 UIM F1H2O World Championship will take place in Amaravati on 16-18 November.


    The announcement comes following months of comprehensive and successful negotiations that were first entered into in October last year when H2O Racing signed a ‘Memorandum of Understanding’ and which now sees the world’s flagship international powerboat series returning to the Indian subcontinent for the first time since 2004.


    Today’s news coincides with the arrival in Amaravati of a delegation from the Union International Motonautique (UIM) and the F1H2O Management Committee to homologate the race circuit and make final preparations for the event which will take place in November. “We are delighted that after all the hard work and negotiations that have been carried out on both sides the F1H2O World Championship is returning to India for the first time in 14 years,” said H2O Racing president, Nicolo di San Germano. “I take this opportunity to thank the Government of Andhra Pradesh, Local Partner Malaxmi Group and all the personnel involved. We look forward to a wonderful event and a long lasting relationship and extended period of racing in India.”


    “The long cherished dream of F1H2O World Championship powerboat racing is coming true at Vijayawada and south India after a great effort and initiative taken by Malaxmi Group. Immediately after the idea was floated Andhra Pradesh Tourism agreed to support the initiative,” said Mr Harish Chandra Prasad, Founder and Chief Mentor, Malaxmi Group, who thanked the government of Andhra Pradesh and F1H2O management and added. “This great event will take the brand name of Amaravati to a global level and also create a world class tourism infrastructure in Amaravati.”


    “One more attraction is that there will be two dedicated boats representing Team Amaravati participating in the competition.


    “Amaravati is the capital city of the state of Andhra Pradesh and located on the southern banks of the Krishna River, adjacent to Vijayawada in south India. It is being built on the vision of our CM.”


    The confirmation of the Grand Prix in India means that the 2018 UIM F1H2O World Championship will be fought out over eight races, with the remaining five rounds taking place in Xiangyang and Liuzhou in China, Amaravati in India and Abu Dhabi and Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates.


    The nine teams and 19 drivers from 12 countries contesting this year’s championship are now on their traditional ‘summer break’ following three outstanding European events in Portugal, England and France that has seen the 2018 title race swing one way then another.


    Two different drivers have taken the Grand Prix victories; Shaun Torrente winning for Team Abu Dhabi in Portugal, Erik Stark winning in England for Maverick F1 Racing and winning again in France, a week after signing for Team Abu Dhabi, and now leads’ the title race.

    https://www.f1h2o.com/post/amaravati-to-host-round-6-of-the-2018-uim-f1h2o-world-championship
     

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