Making Amaravati a reality4 min read . Updated: 28 Jun 2016, 12:36 PM IST
To realize his audacious goals, perhaps Chandrababu Naidu will need three to four terms in office to ensure Amaravati becomes his vision of 'world-class' city
The development of Amaravati on a greenfield site of 217 square kilometres is by far the most audacious project undertaken by Andhra Pradesh chief minister Chandrababu Naidu. His previous goals pale in comparison to this one. City-building, as global and Indian experiences suggest, is a feat in itself. Why? Because globally, most economically vibrant cities have developed organically. Building cities inorganically entails significant risk in thinking through and developing the human capital, infrastructural, financial and administrative dimensions, all of which are interrelated. In effect it requires setting in motion a virtuous development cycle by taking bold steps and making significant investments across all dimensions. In such ambitious projects there is little room for error. It is not akin to an airport design exercise in which if the simulation goes wrong, it can be rectified with a few hundred crore of investment that will pay for itself reasonably quickly through assured air traffic volumes. For a city to work, synergy across various dimensions is vital.