Singapore to Design Andhra Pradesh’s New Capital

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Nara Chandrababu Naidu, the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, wants the proposed capital city of Andhra Pradesh to be dotted with skyscrapers, skyways, amusement parks and nightclubs, in order to make it join the club of ultra-modern cities in the world. It is proposed that the construction and the design work of some of the clusters in the proposed “gigantic world-class capital city” for Andhra Pradesh would be on the shape of Singapore city. This made the Chief Minister to understand that there is a necessity of taking the help of Singapore government for building the capital city. So, the construction is likely to be awarded to the Singapore government.

boundaries-ap-capital2This very proposal has paved a way to enter into an agreement with Singapore government in preparing a master plan for the AP’s new capital, so that, the capital city will replicate the Singapore city. Naidu is trying to transform the reorganized AP into another Singapore. So, almost the government has decided to take the help of the Singapore government in not only in the construction part of capital city for the AP, but also in developing the ports across the AP’s coast, sectors such as tourism, housing where the island nation can offer services to AP. Naidu asked them to prepare a master plan for all these sectors.

With this agreement, a team of designers and architects of Singapore along with the officials of Singapore government would probably visit AP by mid of December with a blue print for the capital city.

Naidu wants to have the Government to Government (G2G) partnership model between various departments of the AP government and their counterparts in Singapore – and at the same time, he is also planning for stepping into Public Private Partnership (PPP) agreements with some top-rated private companies in the island nation; and he also wants to grant construction works of AP’s new capital to them. In G2G concept, there will be an interaction by one government and its organizations, having the counterparts in another government. It is an online non-commercial interaction. Naidu is trying to avail this G2G option, so as to avail the best practices that are being implemented in Singapore, while developing the ports and ultra-modern structures.

Once the visit of Singapore government with the blue print for the new capital is completed, high level team of AP government will visit the island nation to make further discussions with Singapore government on all the possible areas of cooperation between both the governments. According to senior officials, various departments of AP will also prepare some comprehensive plans.

Japans interest in building the capital city for AP

Some of the representatives of the various economic agencies of Japan also expressed their interest in constructing a smart capital city for AP, besides transferring the technology to food processing and agriculture sectors. For this, delegation which comprises of various representatives of Japan held a meeting with the Chief Minister at the state secretariat in Hyderabad.

The delegates informed Naidu that Japan was keen in developing industrial park. They also expressed their interest in setting thermal plants of 4,000 MW capacity in Visakhapatnam and Srikakulam districts, apart from setting a solar power unit of 2,000 MW capacity in Anantapuram district. In order to work out the modalities of the project, a joint work group has been established.

It is almost confirmed that Naidu will be taking the help of Singapore government in building the capital city for AP.

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