Amaravati is well on its way to becoming a world-class capital. If everything falls in place, the state-of-the-art features that are being planned in Amaravati will serve as a template for India’s 100 smart cities project.
Amaravati holds a promise of going to become a city like no other with a slew of futuristic features incorporated into its design. In addition to the expertise from Singapore and Japan, $1 billion in loan pledges from the Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank and World Bank and $2.3 billion from federal and state government agencies have bolstered the Amaravati project.
From energy-efficient buildings that allow a free flow of air to cloud-connected rapid transit systems, let’s take a look at some of the innovative ideas on Amaravati’s development plan. Apart from helping the ancient city to become a world-class and futuristic capital, these features will help the city become a template for India’s 100 smart cities project.
Swanky State-of-The-Art Architecture and Aesthetics
With the state-of-the-art architectural wonders, Amaravati is going to be an aesthetically appealing city. As per the city plans, Amaravati is going to have 4 important gateways that resemble the entrance of the ancient temples and the city squares will be designed similar to the famous Duke of York squares and the Trafalgar.
Similar to the taxis of the Amsterdam, Amaravati’s major roads will have waterways that will occupy the central axes for allowing water-borne transportation. Amaravati will also have public spaces similar to New Delhi’s Rajpath and London’s Battersea Park. As a tribute to Amaravati’s ancient Buddhist roots, the developers plan to design the High Court that resembles the Buddhist Stupa.
A Blue-and-Green Happy City
Government is planning to develop Amaravati as a happy city with the Citizen Happiness Index as the main concept. The city will not have any overhead mobile towers and electric wires. Citizens of Amaravati will enjoy 100% Wi-Fi and affordable housing.
The city is being built on a 217 square Km open field in the district of Guntur. Amaravati is being designed as a blue and green city meaning, it will have 10% of the area as water bodies and 51% are planned as green spaces. This helps to keep the temperature under control.
In order to promote a walk-to-work environment and non-motorized transport, special importance is being given to developing extensive cycling tracks and walkways which are interlinked to a 25 Km network of green spaces.
A Smart City having Biometric Solutions
Every property in the Amaravati will have iris scans and fingerprints from a national database linked to it as per the new capital city’s plan. Residents will be able to pay utility bills and property tax using mobile apps and bank accounts. These will be linked to a database and this system helps to prevent owners from avoiding visits by government debt collectors.
It will be impossible for poachers to steal electricity by climbing up power poles as the city will have an underground power grid. These will have smart meters that will identify any spikes in usage. Drones will be used to help authorities to spot and clear up any new slums appearing within the sprawling parks.
Amaravati is going to have nine thematic regions which include Health, Knowledge, Business, Sports, Media, Electronics, Government and Finance. Out of these regions, business, knowledge, and health are being developed at an impressive rate.
Amaravati plans to become a medical hub that provides advanced medical care at cost-effective prices with the help of huge investments in the health sector and world-class medical infrastructure. The development of BRS Medicity is one of the key features of this plan. It is an integrated facility that includes a teaching hospital, top-notch R&D institutions, medical university, and other establishments.
The foundation stone for the King’s College Hospital was being laid recently in Amaravati. The hospital will have an implant manufacturing unit, an IBM Asia data analytics unit, and other health essentials in addition to the specialized medical units.
Amaravati’s Knowledge City will be the nucleus of all the theme cities in the capital. It will have world-class educational institutions which can provide quality education to lakhs of students. Educational institutes like SRM University, Amity University, AIMS, Centurion Institute of Tool Design, National Institute of Design, National Institute of Fashion Technology and Amrita University have started constructing their campuses with the above vision in mind.
Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT) in fact has finished construction of its campus and have also started teaching the first batch in July 2017.
Similar to the Indian School of Business in Hyderabad, Amaravati will also have premier institutes of excellence which will be built on a model of private-public partnership. It will set up at a cost of Rupees 500 crores over a 100-acre area.
The government plans to get the elite of the global academic world like the National University of Singapore, University of Birmingham, Harvard Kennedy School and the London School of Economics and also the leaders of the corporate world. ADB, World Bank, and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundations are the partners of this B-school project.
Integrated Public Transport
The transport hierarchy of Amaravati will have an integrated network of arterial roads, sub-arterial roads of about 26 Km, metro rail of about 12 Km, a downtown road of about 7 Km, a bus rapid transit of about 15 Km and collector roads of about 53 Km having different rights-of-way.
Furthermore, the city will have a public transport facility at a distance of every 2 Km as per the development plan designed by the government. In addition, almost all vehicles will either be electric or will run on clean fuel.
In order to set up world-class power infrastructure and to introduce the best energy efficiency practices, Andhra Pradesh plans to invest around 16000 crores.
The services of Energy Efficiency Service Limited (EESL) and the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) will be used to create an optimization of energy performances, renewable energy utilization, sustainable building designs, batteries for energy storage, low-energy building materials, sustainable construction technology, etc.
Furthermore, the Indo-Swiss Building Energy Efficiency Project (BEEP) will aid APCRDA (Andhra Pradesh Capital Region Development Authority) to build thermally comfortable and energy-efficient buildings in Amaravati. Before the implementation of these state-of-the-art designs, studies will be undertaken related to temperature and wind flow patterns.
Until now, Amaravati has got its interim secretariat building with a temporary assembly in a 49-acre area and construction work for major arterial roads going on.
As per the projected timeline of this mega project, it is only by 2024, Andhra’s capital will be populated and functional. This will happen only after the end of its second phase development after which most of the commercial establishments, universities, buildings and central business district will become operational. By 2029, the third and the last phase will be completed.
It remains to be seen whether all the futuristic plans of Amaravati will come to fruition. Here’s wishing these plans do work out, not just in terms of physical infrastructure but also in terms of an environment that promotes entrepreneurship, modernity, economic opportunity, cultural freedom, creativity, and cosmopolitanism.