Master plan for Andhra capital focuses on jobs, homes

Hyderabad - The SCA Master Plan is the final of the three-stage Master Plan submitted by the Government of Singapore.

By P S Jayaram

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Published: Tue 21 Jul 2015, 6:08 PM

Last updated: Wed 22 Jul 2015, 10:27 AM

The Seed Capital Area (SCA) Master Plan submitted by the Singapore government to Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu in Rajahmundry on Monday has taken into consideration six key factors - providing jobs and homes, world-class infrastructure, quality living, protecting identity and heritage, resource management and environment.
The SCA Master Plan is the final of the three-stage Master Plan submitted by the Government of Singapore. The SCA Master Plan is for an area of 16.9 sq. kms, on the northern portion of the capital city to be named Amaravathi. The SCA envisages development spread over 5 phases.
Naidu, speaking on the occasion, said: "Amaravati is envisaged to be developed as Smart, green and sustainable city. In line with our philosophy of developing it as a People's Capital of Andhra Pradesh, our aspiration is to create a vibrant, diverse, inclusive, and modern city which will be a symbol of pride for the people of Andhra Pradesh and India. The foundation stone for the capital would be laid on October 22."
Second Minister for Trade and Industry S Iswaran said: "This is where the beginnings of a great city will be established and Singapore is honoured to play a small part through the master plans for Amaravati. However, our partnership with Andhra Pradesh will begin from this point by assisting them in the development of capital city. We will continue to collaborate on development of Amaravati."
The highlights of the SCA Master Plan include planning for about 300,000 residents, develop it as a vibrant business hub with job potential including the government sector for about 700,000, create a thriving state of the art Central Business District for business and living, provision for nodes and development corridors from transit-oriented development approach, various zones to comprise central business district, residential townships, institutions, parks and gardens, water bodies, recreational spaces, water front and the likes.
The SCA Master Plan also seeks to provide and enhance mobility and accessibility to citizens, a transport hierarchy.
Special emphasis has been laid to enhance development of extensive walkways and pedestrianisation interlinked with open and green spaces with a blue and green network to promote walk-to-work environment and non-motorised transport.
The iconic developments will include state-of-the-art government complex, city gateway, cultural centre and convention centre, among other things.
The Master Plan also envisages provisions for waste management systems that would enable innovative methods for waste collection, transportation, treatment and resource recovery such as Waste-to-Energy, thereby creating a resourceful, safe and healthy city. The plan also includes conservation of more than 40 per cent of the green areas and the blue areas.
The Seed Capital Area development will be implemented on Public-Private Partnership by selecting job creation and investment partners.

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