Amaravati: A new capital city is being carved out of virgin land in Andhra. This became a necessity after the split of Andhra Pradesh to create Telangana, which gets the right to use Hyderabad as its capital. So far so good. Considering that the Andhra Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu is such a tech-oriented gung-ho leader, he changed the face of Hyderabad as far as its IT outlook and reality on the ground is concerned, he wanted the new capital for his state to be, what else, state-of-the-art. While a number of firsts are being claimed for Amaravati, here is a surprise that few would have thought possible. In a recent development, unmanned electric buses will run on the roads of Amaravati, the new capital of Andhra Pradesh. As reported by Indian Express,”Unmanned electric buses will run on roads of Amaravati administrative city with dedicated stops”, said CM Naidu after a meeting with the company concerned – UK-based architects Foster and Partners – at Vijayawada.
He said that only electric buses and vehicles will be permitted to ply in the city to avoid pollution. The idea was put forward by Foster and Partners and was, thereby, approved by the government. In a meeting with Chandrababu Naidu, Foster and Partners had, in a presentation named, “Amaravati-The People’s Capital – Building a Sustainable Vision” highlighted the need for integrating blue and green spaces.
“The city would consist of 51 per cent green, 10 per cent water, 14 per cent road and 25 per cent building footprint in the new capital,’’ an official said to Indian Express.
To encourage substantial energy consumption, solar energy usage,” The energy consumption demand should be reduced by 40-60 per cent and solar energy should be used”, said Chris Bubb of Foster and Partners. With regard to sustainable water usage, the introduction of rainwater harvesting and stormwater harvesting was suggested by the representatives. Apart from this, recycled water for sewage treatment plants was introduced for irrigation.
As reported by the Indian Express, the representatives said that they have studied a number of cities in the world to understand the arrangement of buildings and to implement the best working model in Amaravati.
Amaravati – the dream city for the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, which was once considered a utopian dream is on its way to becoming a modern metropolis, according to all account. It was in September 2014, when chief minister Naidu came up with his dream based on the master plan prepared by Surbana Jurong Pte Ltd of Singapore.