Singapore consortium to develop Andhra Pradesh's new capital

Singapore consortium to develop Andhra Pradesh's new capital
Mr S. Iswaran, Minister in Prime Minister's office called on Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Gujarat, India on 10 January 2015. During the meeting, both parties reaffirmed the long-standing bilateral ties as well as the strong and growing economic links between the two countries. Mr Iswaran was on a four-day visit to India.

SINGAPORE - A Singapore consortium has been appointed master planners for the new capital city of Andhra Pradesh, which is the eighth largest state in India.

The first phase of the capital city development project, which also includes its surrounding region, is a partnership between Singapore and Andhra Pradesh.

Mr S Iswaran, Minister, Prime Minister's Office and Second Minister for Home Affairs and Trade & Industry and Mr Chandrababu Naidu, Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh jointly announced Surbana International Consultants and Jurong International as master planners for this project at a media conference in Hyderabad today.

Andhra Pradesh officials overseeing the development of the new capital city will leverage on Singapore's expertise in urban governance to build institutional capacity.

The Ministry of Trade and Industry said in a media statement today that more than 20 officials have been currently identified for the inaugural run of the Andhra Pradesh Leaders in Urban Governance Programme 2015, which is organised by the Centre for Liveable Cities in Singapore from Jan 19 to 24.

Commenting on the partnership, Mr Iswaran said: "Both Surbana and Jurong International began as government planning units and have proven track records in developing cities, townships and industrial parks in Singapore, India and around the world.

"The companies are privileged to be appointed as master planners, and will bring their expertise and experience to work with Andhra Pradesh officials on developing a world-class capital city."

Mr Teo Eng Cheong, Chief Executive Officer of IE Singapore added: "As the new capital region develops, we envisage opportunities for more Singapore companies to participate in Andhra Pradesh's growth, particularly in the urban solutions, ICT and industrial infrastructure sectors."

Hyderabad is currently the common capital of two southern Indian states - Andhra Pradesh and Telangana -and will be the sole capital of Telangana in 2024 while the new capital city of Andhra Pradesh is being developed. Telangana was separated from Andhra Pradesh as a new 29th state of India on June 2, 2014.

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