Chief Minister Sri N Chandrababu Naidu is now on a brief tour in China to cover several avenues that march into spheres of business, strategic liaisons and meaningful partnerships. Shortly after it was revealed that Chinese giant Ansteel expressed interest to invest in AP, the CM also had detailed interaction with Joaquin Ancin, head of technological innovation at Acciona. The company has decided to set up a 200 MW wind power project of which 100 MW will be completed by next year and another 100 MW by 2018-19.
This apart, Mr Naidu is also holding active discussions and talks with several players to bring business to the state.
Keynote Address by Chief Minister on “Cities by Design, not Demand” has largely impressed the audience who forms a mixture of businessmen, government representatives and such. Here are some of important points that have been affirmed by CM in the keynote address in China.
Over the next 10 years, 600 cities will account for over 65% of global GDP
India and China, together, will account for more than 60% of Asian urban population and 40% of global population growth in the years to come.
– Earlier, cities used to grow by accident, ad-hoc and unplanned, but at the turn of the second-decade of the 20th century, cities started to happen on purpose.
– Today, with availability of high tech materials, sensor networks, new science, big data, internet of things, driverless car, 3D printing, architects, designers and planners can work smarter and bolder to plan and manage cities in the future.
A) Framework for building Cities by design, not demand
As leaders, we need to define City vision based on contextual natural strength, its aspiration and lead the city in that direction through policy, governance and infrastructure
– Build a network and not islands of excellence
– Integration with smaller towns around the core region
– Transportation and connectivity to be established
a) Involving stakeholders at all stages
1. Build Capacity and Governance in Urban Body
Need for specialists for building a City –
Urban infrastructure specialists
Urban Finance experts – for raising finances
Undertake reforms in building cities
Integrate Ecology, Equity and Economy (3E)
Cities compete to attract investment with a view to generating economic activity.
Sustainability and efficient management of resources
Need to ensure adequate green cover
Continuity generates credibility
Planning is dynamic and depends on society transformation
It is important that cities adapt requirement of citizens and update plans periodically
Successful cities have ensured continuity of plans through political cycles
Building a People’s Capital
Housing, employment, accessibility, livability and safety are key concerns for urban dwellers.
Urban designs should reduce the need for vehicle travel and foster safer vehicle speeds.
Develop mixed land uses, smaller blocks, ground-floor activities, and nearby public facilities that reduce overall exposure to traffic crashes from less vehicle travel.
Amaravati – Historical Significance
Amaravati is the capital of Lord of Heaven according to Indian Mythology.
Amaravati was also a 2nd Century BC capital of a vast empire that ruled southern India.
Amaravati city is now being planned as the new capital of the state of Andhra Pradesh in India. It inherits a divine and a historic city legacy.
Amaravati – Building a Greenfield City, by Design
It is a new capital on the banks of an important river Krishna and located at the geographical centre of the state of Andhra Pradesh.
It is set in the context of a large capital city region of 8,600 sq.km. covering 10 towns.
The capital city itself is planned over 217 sq.km. area and its capital complex, the Seed Capital, is across 17 sq.km.
Plans for the capital city region, capital city and its seed capital are all ready, with international participation and local advice both.
We have started with construction of temporary Government complex
Building on Traditions – Learn from the Past
Strengths of Ancient Amaravati town
Respect for river front
Strategic alliance building
New capital will take these strengths forward.
People Participation – Land Pooling
The novel Land Pooling scheme (33,000 acres) adopted by Amaravati is the largest and most successful experiment in India in shortest span of time;
It reiterates the people’s desire and participation for a world-class capital.
We are not just limiting ourselves to providing developed plots to land owners but trying to create eco-system so they get built-up space and partnership in development
Our bricks initiative is a natural step in the direction of greater citizen participation in building a true people’s capital Amaravati.
Developing 9 zones with specific economic activities:
Jobs & Homes for All:
2.5 million resident population by 2050;
1.5 million jobs by 2050
Seamless network of blues, greens, recreation areas
>40% area reserved for green and blue;
30+ km public river front
Integrating village ponds, natural features, canal networks and water bodies
Housing will be at the core of its planning and will aim to provide affordable and quality homes to all its residents.
Parks and public facilities within 5-10 minute walking distance
Mobility plan including mass transit
135 km of public transport corridors by 2050;
597 km of road network by 2050
Andhra Pradesh: Partnerships
Amaravati is being developed through the PPP model in partnership with global companies.
The master plan for the city was developed with the help of Singapore.
Japan is extending financing for the development of the new capital as well technical expertise through JICA (Japan International Co-operation Agency) and JBIC (Japanese Bank for International Cooperation).
The metro and rail systems will be developed in partnership with Japanese companies. Similarly, international companies are partnering with AP state to develop infrastructure of Amaravati.
The government is exploring opportunities with companies across the world to find partners to develop state of the art urban solutions .
Andhra Pradesh does not want to under invest in its cities.
We want Andhra Pradesh to invest ahead of demand and give its cities the freedom to raise substantial investment resources by monetizing land assets.