Amaravati: Two buildings along the central boulevard abutting the Amaravati Plaza have been proposed as twin towers that will help create a modern image for Amaravati. These will be the tallest buildings in the capital.
The two buildings, which will be the gateway to Amaravati, will be visible from the other side of the Krishna River in the Krishna district and from Neerukonda and other areas of the capital region. The towers would be spread over 45 hectare.
Another two towers have been proposed in downtown Amaravati. The gateway will create the first impression with large public buildings, iconic bridge/barrage connectivity, retail and outdoor refreshment areas.
According to the plan, a gateway bridge across Krishna River will connect Amaravati. The bridge, too, will be an iconic symbol. Further, a gallery connecting the twin towers has been proposed which will house a convention centre, indoor sports centre, arts and cultural centre and a performing arts center. A plaza, botanical gardens and botanical garden jetty will surround the twin towers.
CRDA officials said the Singaporean planners have suggested that the twin towers have 70-80 floors each. The 125-feet tall Dhyana Buddha statue on the banks of the Krishna River is the present attraction of Amaravati and is visible from Chevitikallu, Kanchikacharla and adjacent areas.
Architecture students said Amaravati would become the gateway to South India due to its world-class features. They added that like renowned towers in cities like Hong Kong, Moscow, and Dubai etc, the twin towers would also become a synonym for AP in the capital.
Boulevard along river Krishna
The boulevard along the Krishna will be the major attraction in the seed capital plan. Singapore planners, who are the major developers of the seed capital, said that the alignment of the boulevard was inspired by the concave profile of the waterfront.
“The arc helps in creating a distinct waterfront precinct which breaks away from the usual downtown grid pattern. This road is anchored by the convention centre and arts & culture centre on either end,” the plan stated.
The road section is designed to accommodate a canal park and a BRT corridor. The canal park is meant to create a vibrant community public space by mixed use of development along its central stretch, the plan stated. The BRT corridor is proposed to be part of the canal park making it pedestrian friendly road.
“Active edges are proposed on the river Krishna boulevard and downtown road junction, and also along the convention centre and the arts and cultural centre,” the plan made by the Singapore planners informed.