Amaravati: The designs submitted by British architect firm Foster and Partners for the upcoming capital Amaravati have a sustainable building vision with nine integral components, the main attraction being a walkable city. As per the design, the capital city will have 53% green cover with 10% water coverage and 21% roads.
The plan envisages an unmanned electric bus network along the central spine. Besides, space has been created for electric vehicles, bicycles, pedestrian routes and water taxis. The idea is to reduce carbon emission by 35-40%.
As part of the smart city vision, planning is to be done in such a way that there will be optimized use of water, power and generation of less waste. “The city would be carbon-neutral. It will be sustainable and will produce all its energy through rooftop solar panels,” CRDA commissioner Ch Sridhar said. The sustainable building vision also reflects the various environmental policies mentioned in Vision 2029 document prepared by the state government.The Energy Resources Institute (TERI) was also involved in framing these policies.
Chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu has directed the Capital Region Development Authority (CRDA) officials and the designers involved to prepare the plans with lot of blue and green areas so that the capital becomes an environmentally friendly city. Foster and Partners are currently involved in preparing the final design for the permanent government complex and are likely to submit the final plan in about three weeks.
There is a separate smart city plan for Amaravati being developed by the Capital City Development Corporation (CCDMC) reflecting similar ideas. “The basic idea is to build the city in tune with this suitable building vision. The policies to be framed later will reflect these plans only,” officials said.