Amaravati is perhaps the center of focus for the whole world. World Economic Forum could not be left behind as well. Chief Minister Sri N Chandrababu Naidu enthralled the delegates from WEF, when he shared his concept of ‘walk to work’ and ‘cycle to work’.
There was an elaborate discussion at the World Economic Forum discussion on ‘‘Growing Cities, Building Resilience’, where Mr Naidu underscored the need for evolving measures to face serious challenges that are likely to be thrown up by the rapid pace of urbanization.
“Urbanization is a reality, and it is unstoppable. Close to 80 per cent of the GDP is expected to come from urban areas in the near future,” he said, stressing the need for governments to gear up for meeting challenges,” he said.
He recalled how he developed Hyderabad into an economic and IT hub during his earlier stint as Chief Minister of the then undivided AP and said that he had suggested some structural changes in urban development, including generation of energy through solid wastes, as the convener of the sub-group of the Swachch Bharat Mission.
The Chief Minister said people had given him an opportunity to build a city and handed over 33,000 acres under the land pooling scheme. “The government is planning to build a world-class city, which is sure to become a role model for future cities,” he added.
He added that efforts are being made to ensure that Amaravati is environmental friendly. “It has been planned to incorporate features like ‘walk to work’, ‘cycle to work’ and water taxis in the new city that will be a ‘blue and green city’,” the Chief Minister added.
The government has set up a Smart AP Foundation, besides intensifying efforts to mobilize funds through corporate social responsibility, he said and exhorted the industry and individuals to become partners in the development process.