Coming up on the banks of river Krishna between Vijayawada and Guntur and covering 217 sq km, Amaravati, the new capital of Andhra Pradesh, will be the seat of power, a commercial hub and will include a central business district, commercial zones, industrial parks and residential neighbourhoods.
The first plan, which dealt with the entire capital region, was submitted to AP on March 30 and the third plan, which would deal with the core capital region housing government buildings and offices, is to be handed over to the state by mid-July.
- Creating a livable Indian city, enhancing connectivity and active mobility, ensuring sustainability and a people’s capital are the five key features of the Amaravati master plan.
- Vastu and energy principles are the key aspects of the second master plan specific to Amaravati.It envisages easy and good road network, public transit (metro), nonmotorized transport strategy and features green and blue network and a religious tourist network.
- The conceptual part of the plan has provision for a `Brahmasthan,’ a large open space in the heart of Amaravati which will be triangle in shape and designed based on vaastu and energy principles. `Brahmasthan’ will be like the Central Park in New York as already reported by Andhra Nation. READ HERE
- Seven growth corridors will spring out of Amaravati, including the Hyderabad – Machilipatnam corridor.
- The Amaravati master plan envisages construction of three national highways which will link national highways 9, 5 and 221 covering Vijayawada, Tadepalle, Mangalagiri, and Ibrahimpatnam, while Krishna and Guntur districts will be linked through four bridges.
- The Amaravati master plan also aims to enhance the connectivity of the capital with a bus rapid transit (BRT) system that can eventually be upgraded to mass rapid transit (MRT) system.
- As per the master plan, the road network strategy envisages an expressway covering 127 km, arterial roads spread over 155 km and sub over 155 km and sub arterial roads ex tending to 155 km.
- The non motorized transport strategy will promote the use of public transport and minimize the need for long commutes. Amravati residents will also have non motorized transport choices using an extensive network of walkways, cycle tracks and local water ways. This approach will promote active mobility within the city while protecting its environment through reductions in carbon emissions and other pollutants.
- The ambitious green and blue network of the capital provides for a water network covering an area of 11.5 sq km and green network covering an area of 79 sq km.
- The capital city will have civic park (near Ibahimpatnam) water front, cricket stadium, golf course (near Tadepalle) canal parks along with Nidumukkla hill forest and a central park.
The ambitious religious tourism circuit will encompass Amaravati temple, Kondapalli fort, Anathavaram temple, Kanakadurga temple in Vijayawada, Bhavani island, Undavalli caves, Mangalagiri temple and Neerukonda via water (45 km) and mass rapid transit system or metro network in 145 km and 61 km of road circuit.
The plan also provides a detailed space for Krishna river treatment covering 3,000 hectares of water area and 2,800 hectares of islands area. Krishna river front will have bund and ghats with golf courses, island resorts, water front residential area and an island theme park as well.