Don’t just develop Amravati, provide services in entire region: CM Naidu to city planners

At least 39 hotel groups like the Taj, ITC, Novotel, and others have expressed interest in setting up facilities at Amaravati.

Written by Sreenivas Janyala | Hyderabad | Published:November 2, 2016 9:08 pm

Several top hospital groups, hotel chains, schools and educational institutions have expressed interest in setting up facilities at Amaravati, the upcoming capital of Andhra Pradesh. Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu held a review meeting Wednesday to take stock of work going on in the capital region and examined the proposals. Naidu asked planners not to confine the development of facilities only to the capital area but spread it around the region, and decentralize services. “Hospitals, schools, colleges, universities and malls and other services should come up in different parts of the capital region for people’s convenience,” CM Naidu said during the review.

At least 39 hotel groups like the Taj, ITC, Novotel, and others have expressed interest in setting up facilities at Amaravati. Dr C Sreedhar, Commissioner, Capital Region Development Authority (CRDA), said, “We are in the process of identifying land which can be allotted to interested parties. The auction for land would be at Retail Sale Price (RSP) and it would be allotted to the highest bidder.” He added that, “We are holding meetings with managements of school chains and hospitals also. A meeting with several hospital groups would be held on November 11. After that a meeting with managements of reputed schools, colleges and universities is scheduled.”

Principal Secretary of CRDA Ajay Jain said that work on 270 km-long arterial and sub-arterial roads of Amaravati would start next month and would be completed within one year. The CM warned officials in charge of ensuring quality road construction that they would be held responsible if there was water logging on Amaravati’s roads. “Officers shall not compromise on the quality and standards,” CM Naidu said.

The concept of Common Utility Ducts — underground tunnels — which can accommodate power and telephone lines, storm water pipelines, sewerage lines, optical fiber cables, etc was also discussed in the review meeting. It was decided to examine Common Utility Ducts mechanism in some countries in Europe and South East Asia to zero in on the most advantageous model.

Meanwhile, plot allotments to land owners and farmers who have given their land under the land-pooling scheme for the construction of new AP capital have been completed in 10 villages, the CM said. Andhra Pradesh is also keen on competing to be the venue for hosting the National Games 2018. CM Naidu gave CRDA officers the task of planning to build a world class stadium at Amaravati to conduct national games by 2018.