Singapore: Andhra Pradesh aims to build its capital, Amaravati, to be bigger and better than Singapore and into India’s best capital, state chief minister N. Chandrababu Naidu said during the MintAsia-Hindustan Times Leadership Summit in Singapore on Friday, 13 April.
Not coincidentally, Singapore has been involved in the Amaravati project since 2014.
Naidu, who is driving the capital city project, acknowledges the role that Singapore is playing in making the new city high-tech and world-class.
Two Singapore government-named consultants are also preparing the master plan for the new city located in Guntur district.
Built on a 217-sq m open field, Amravati is being designed to offer more green and blue spaces—that is, more environment-friendly spaces, or 51% of the total space, and then 10% water bodies.
“We are benchmarking ourselves. I’m confident that we will build the best capital in India. Tomorrow, all over the world, people will talk about Amaravati," Naidu said.
Based on the timeline of the project, most of the buildings, luxury hotels, universities and central business districts will be operational by 2024, according to Naidu.
By 2029, the final phase of the project is expected to be completed, with technology firms already operating in the city.
To further attract investors into the new city, Naidu assured transparency in all business transactions, including placing all investment applications online for easy tracking and monitoring.
“Once investment comes, it will be online. Then they can track it. All clearances will be online. Everything will be online. No more harassment," he said.
Technology, Naidu added, is something he is familiar with, having promoted information technology in India in the past 25 years. In fact, for the entire of Andhra Pradesh, Naidu is already promoting the use of technology in governance.
“What I ask from you now is to come and see Amaravati, and then invest in our place," the chief minister said, identifying IT, biotech, electronics, hardware, and automobile manufacturing as possible areas for investments.