Singapore delivers final master plan for Andhra Pradesh's new capital

Singapore delivers final master plan for Andhra Pradesh's new capital
IE Singapore CEO Teo Eng Cheong and Andhra Pradesh representative Sambasiva Rao with the documents for partnership at the signing of the MOU on December 8, 2014. Behind them are Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu and Mr S. Iswaran, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office.
PHOTO: Ministry of Trade and Industry

SINGAPORE - The final master plan for Andhra Pradesh's new capital city, Amaravati, has been delivered.

Singapore's Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) and International Enterprise (IE) Singapore announced that the Seed Development Master Plan, the last of three plans which Singapore agreed to provide to Andhra Pradesh, was delivered on Monday.

The three-part Amaravati master plan was developed by Singapore's Surbana Jurong.

It drew on Singapore's expertise and experience in urban planning and governance and project execution.

The Seed Development Master Plan sets out in detail the land use and infrastructure plans for the start-up area of Amaravati.

Covering an area of 16.9km, the Seed Development will rise on the south bank of the Krishna River as the heart of Andhra Pradesh's new capital city.

Its civic district will house the institutions and buildings of the Government of Andhra Pradesh, including the Legislature, the Executive and the Judiciary.

In keeping with Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu's vision of Amaravati as the People's Capital, the Seed Development will also include a mix of commercial and residential areas to meet the diverse employment, housing, social, cultural and recreational needs of Amaravati residents.

Mr S Iswaran, Minister in the Prime Minister's Office and Second Minister for Trade and Industry, was in Andhra Pradesh to hand over the plan to Andhra Pradesh's Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu.

He said that the collaboration has opened up more business and investment opportunities in Andhra Pradesh and India for Singapore companies.

IE Singapore's Chief Executive Officer, Teo Eng Cheong said: "This master plan demonstrates Singapore's capabilities and paves the way for future partnerships in India, across sectors such as urban planning, infrastructure and supporting services".

The Amaravati project is expected to catalyse economic growth in the capital region by creating opportunities for foreign companies and investors in areas such as urban solutions, manufacturing and logistics.

By 2050, Amaravati is expected to be home to over 10 million people working in diverse sectors, including government, agriculture, IT and manufacturing.

ljessica@sph.com.sg

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