Amaravati: The final designs by Foster + Partners for 900-acre core government complex comprising the High Court, Assembly and other iconic buildings of the Government of Andhra Pradesh (A.P.) are likely to be submitted by the middle of May after yet another round of deliberations in London later this month.
In addition to designing the permanent government buildings, the Foster + Partner is drawing a blueprint of the area between Inavolu village, where the Ambedkar Smruti Vanam is coming up with a 125-feet statue of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar in a 200-acre park, up to the riverfront at Lingayapalem for its development into a tourist spot, said AP-Capital Region Development Authority (AP-CRDA) Commissioner Cherukuri Sreedhar.
Mr. Sreedhar said in tune with the global standards, it was contemplated to have greenery and water bodies in not less than 50% of the area, which few cities in the world can boast of. The water-bodies will occupy 100 acres and water would be pumped from the Krishna River and Palavagu.
It was planned to bring water by gravity upon the completion of the proposed bridge at Vaikunthapuram. For guidance on these water management aspects, experts from Amsterdam have been roped in and they will be soon joining the larger exercise being done by the Foster + Partners.
Mr. Sreedhar said the government buildings, other public institutions, residences of Ministers, MLCs and MLAs and employees and public and private mixed-use spaces would be smoothly integrated into more or less the same models as adopted in Astana, capital of Kazakhstan, and similar concepts studied in six other capital cities. They will all be interwoven with water-bodies.
A 4-km promenade and an exclusive driver-less mobility facility along that walkway will be the striking features of the capital city complex.
Another ambitious project, which is in a very preliminary stage, is the shaping of the Assembly building into a kind of a huge watch tower having scientifically designed holes intended to drive air circulation within a 5 km radius.
“The Assembly building will not be completely out of bounds for the visitors, who can, in fact, climb on top of it and have a panoramic view of the capital”, Mr. Sreedhar said, duly pointing out that this plan is still in the thought process.