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AP Opens Account for Donations to Build Capital

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The Andhra Pradesh state government has opened a separate deposit account under CM Relief Fund to enable people to contribute money for developing a new capital city and issued orders to this effect on Friday.

It may be recalled that donations are forthcoming from various quarters for development of a new capital for the successor state of Andhra Pradesh. Many voluntary organisations are also collecting donations.

After considering this, the government has decided to open a separate Deposit Account under CM Relief Fund under Public Account to mobilise all the donations that are being forthcoming from various quarters for the development of a new capital for the State.

Accordingly, the Deposit shall be named as Andhra Pradesh State New Capital Development Fund.

The deposit shall come into force with effect from June 8. The deposit shall be operated as Personal Deposit Account and the secretary to government/principal secretary (revenue) will be the administrator of the PD Account.

The donations made to the fund shall be credited to this Personal Deposit Account and formal receipts to the donors shall be issued on behalf of the government by the secretary to government/principal secretary (revenue) or his nominee.

The donations thus received shall be utilised for construction and development of a new capital city for Andhra Pradesh. The accounts of the deposit shall figure in the deposit section under K _ Deposits and Advances, (b) Deposits. The accounts are: 8443 - Civil Deposits, MH 800 - Other Deposits, SH(02) - CM’s Relief Fund, 001 - Calamities Relief and other Philanthropy and 002 - Andhra Pradesh State New Capital Development.

These are included in the Public Account (Volume-IV of the Budget Document).

The accounts will be audited by the state audit department and by the principal accountant-general, according to orders issued by principal secretary (finance) Ajeya Kallam.
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Naidu to unveil inclusive land policy

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Plan for building the new capital city and other smart cities in the State. The details whether it would be 50:50 or 60:40 partnership were being worked out for the proposed policy.

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu on Monday declared that a land policy would soon be unveiled by making farmers and others stakeholders in its development for building the new capital city and other smart cities in the State.

Addressing a press conference here, Mr. Naidu said wherever the capital city would come up, the land value of farmers was bound to go up by three to four times and nobody would be put to loss. It would be a kind of a win-win situation for both the government as well as farmers.

The details whether it would be 50:50 or 60:40 partnership were being worked out for the proposed policy.

Indicating that land for capital city was available between Guntur and Vijayawada, he said if the farmers living there did not accept the land policy, the government would look elsewhere for land development. He said the idea was to have a central location and convenient for all.

Mr. Naidu said one of the best capital cities with decentralised development would be built. A capital city should be lively and have social life, besides economic activity, education, entertainment and shopping areas.

He said that at least 10 of the proposed 100 smart cities which the Union Government was planning to develop would be in Andhra Pradesh.

The Chief Minister said the first Cabinet meeting being held at Visakhapatnam on June 12 will decide on increasing the retirement age of Government employees from 58 to 60.

He said he was not seeking favours from the Centre but want a level-playing field created through policy changes as great injustice was done to Seemandhra in the wake of the division of the State.
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Mr. Naidu hit out at his Telangana counterpart, K. Chandrasekhar Rao for objecting to the Polavaram project and asked: “ In what way he is concerned with it”. He said even Telangana would benefit by the project and observed that it was not proper to obstruct the project. He recalled that Mr. Rao met Congress president, Sonia Gandhi along with his family members after the ordinance was sent by the previous UPA government to the President and did not raise any objection then.

Defending the decision to constitute a committee to work out the modalities on loan waiver scheme, he said those without any administrative experience were also finding fault with it.
‘No office’

“I have no place to sit, no office. It has to be readied,” Mr. Naidu said. He said the All India Services cadre allotment was not yet made and the blocks for Ministers were also not readied in Secretariat.

He said that he would initially function from Lake View guest house here as it might take some time for his office in Secretariat to be ready. In a lighter vein, he wondered whether he would have to operate from a house or shed when he is in Vijayawada.
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In search of a new capital

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AP CM Chandrababu Naidu undecided on capital DC | S.N.C.N. Acharyulu | June 17, 2014, 02.06 am IST

Hyderabad: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu has not yet decided on a new capital city.

According to sources, Mr Naidu has delegated the job of preparing the blueprint of the new capital to different committees and individual experts.
He is also asking experts about the required facilities and buildings, land and money would be required to construct the capital, the time it would take etc.

Sources said that while he has not yet revealed the location of the new capital city, he has told them that it will come up between Vijayawada and Guntur.
The Centre will bear the expenses for the construction of the new capital. The expert committee, constituted by the Centre, will submit its report in September.

State finance minister Yanamala Rama Krishnudu said that the AP government engineers were preparing a report on Mr Naidu’s directions and that the CM would concentrate on the new capital after the Sivarama Krishnan Committee submits its report.

After the Hyderabad experience, the Telugu Desam government wants to decentralise developmental activities and plans to set up some important offices outside the capital. However, the question remains whether the Central government will bear the expen-ses to construct these buildings if they are situated outside the capital.

Mr Krishnudu, meanwhile, said that the Centre would have to pay as a state-level office building, in some other city, would also be part of the capital.
He added that the RR package (relief and rehabilitation) for land acquisition for the construction of the new capital would favour farmers and private people and hoped that the farmers would not object to part with their land for building the new capital.
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Guntur: The government is likely to set up all-India institutions like IIIT, IIM, NIT and AIIMS, a new railway zone and an international airport in Krishna and Guntur districts. Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu held a meeting with the Guntur and Krishna district collectors and asked them to furnish details of the availability of land for setting up other all-India institutions like the Tribal University, Petro-chemical Corridor and Petrochemical University.

At the behest of the CM, district collector Suresh Kumar directed the revenue officials to conduct a fresh survey to identify government land and prepare a detailed report within four days. He will submit a fresh land availability report to the government. Based on it, the government will take a decision to establish the all-India institutions in Guntur district.

As part of this exercise, the government is thinking of upgrading the existing Gannavaram airport into an international airport or alternately construct an international airport near Nuzvid. As many as 30,000 acres of forest land is available near Nuzvid, and if this land is denotified, the government would take steps to construct an international airport there.

At a meeting held with Union civil aviation secretary Krishna Kishore, Mr Naidu decided to set up international airports at Vijayawada, Vizag and Tirupati. At least 4,000 acres of land is required for an international airport. The government is in favour of allocating land at Nuzvid for the international airport and the all-India educational institutions.

M.P. Rayapati Sambasiva Rao submitted a memorandum to Mr Naidu to take steps to establish the new railway zone in Guntur district. Recently, the Guntur Bar Association passed a resolution requesting the government to re-establish the High Court in the district and honour the gentlemen’s agreement...
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Have to see how it will all turn out.

Also, somebody should tell Naidu to strongly lobby for the second space center that ISRO is planning for. Along with IT, if he can use aero-space as the next growth sector then that would add a new path for economic growth of the state.
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Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu is learnt to have asked the officials concerned to prepare a blueprint of state-of-the-art facilities that would be required for the new capital of Andhra Pradesh.

The direction comes in the light of indications given by the committee headed by former IAS officer K.S. Sivaramakrishnan that the panel would submit its report suggesting locations that could house the new seat of State administration in mid August.

This would be followed by elaborate consultations involving the State Government as well as the stakeholders including the trade and business community.

“The process is likely to take two more months before the work on the capital is kick started,” a member of Mr. Naidu’s core team told The Hindu. Mr. Naidu, who indicated his interest in locating the new seat of State administration on Krishna-Guntur border wanted the officials concerned to utilise the available time to complete feasibility study as also the logistics and infrastructure that will be required for the new State headquarters. He is keen on putting in place a high speed network and effective communication facilities from the day one.

During their deliberations with Mr. Naidu in Hyderabad on Saturday, the committee members who toured some major cities in coastal Andhra reportedly wanted him to take firm steps to address the unemployment issue that had the scope for becoming an irritant to the administration in the coming days.

Mr. Naidu, on his part, has directed the officials to work out pros and cons of various issues including land acquisition in the proposed location abutting the Acharya Nagarjuna University.

The Government is anticipating some resistance from farmers in the area as the location happens to be a fertile land abutting Krishna river. “Mr. Naidu has asked the officials to examine the scope for involving farmers in the development in the event of any resistance from them,” a senior leader said.

The Chief Minister has also asked the officials to examine the avenues for attracting investments into the new capital as this would form an important component in building the required infrastructure.
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I think AP should build modern skyscrapers than collecting vast amounts of fertile lands to have buildings with traditional architecture.

Solution is to use e-governance, mobile work force and work flow/document management systems. Paperless office makes approvals easier and no need for authorities to come back to their office next day to approve.

They can have 3G/4G enabled tablets to approve while they are traveling.
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I think AP should build modern skyscrapers than collecting vast amounts of fertile lands to have buildings with traditional architecture.

Solution is to use e-governance, mobile work force and work flow/document management systems. Paperless office makes approvals easier and no need for authorities to come back to their office next day to approve.

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The new capital of Andhra Pradesh will have skyscrapers with important offices like the Secretariat, Assembly, High Court and commissionerates located in close vicinity.

Sources said high-rises are being planned to reduce land acquisition for the capital. Since there were apprehensions that there will be large-scale land acquisition that could result in thousands of farmers being uprooted from their high-productivity yielding lands, the government plans to dispel this notion and also go for vertical development.

Depending upon the land availability for the capital city, a policy would be brought out on the maximum height of the high-rise buildings.
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The Shivram Krishna Committee for recommending a new capital city for the residuary state of Andhra Pradesh today called on Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu here.

The Committee made a presentation to the minister to brief him about the outcome of studies they have made till now and also to discuss his views about the prospective capital for the residuary state of Andhra Pradesh.

It explained to the minister that any new capital will require massive transportation network like roads, BRTS, metro rail network within the city and link road to other parts of the state.

The committee urged the minister to ensure all round support not only from Urban Development Ministry, but also from other ministries like Railways, Surface Transport, Petroleum and Natural Gas.

Naidu told the panel that all provisions in the Act and promises made by the then Prime Minister on the floor of Parliament would be kept in mind.
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Metro rail project plans gain momentum

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Metro rail project plans gain momentum

Union Urban Development Secretary visits Vijayawada, Guntur and Tenali

The Central government is keen on implementing metro rail project in the State. Visakhapatnam, Vijayawada, Guntur, Tenali are being considered for the metro rail project, according to Union Urban Development Ministry Secretary Sudhir Krishna. Dr. Krishna and his team visited Vijayawada, Guntur and Tenali on Wednesday.

Dr. Krishna said the metro rail would be a circuit transport system which would connect Vijayawada, Guntur and Tenali cities. The project could be completed in 3 to 4 years covering a distance 20 to 25 km.

“The government, however, is asked to explore other means of mass transport like ‘mono rail’, Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) and tramways. The State government shall prepare a feasibility report. The Centre would extend financial support based on the project’s feasibility,” he said.

The idea was to provide mass transport system in the cities to ease the ever-growing traffic. The metro rail would stop at every 1-km. “In fact, the metro rail concept was incorporated in AP Reorganisation Act. So, we are studying the feasibility,” he said.

Vijayawada, Guntur, Tenali, Mangalagiri Urban Development Authority (VGTMUDA) made a presentation that the region would have a population of 1.11 crore by 2031. Formation of State capital and setting up of other institutions would generate a multi-fold demand for mass transit system.

Urban mobility was expected to be more than 15,000 per hour in priority corridors.

There was a need to develop separate metro corridors to ease traffic in the city and increase mobility. A corridor from Hanuman Junction to Kanchikacherla via Gannavaram, Vijayawada and Ibrahimpatnam could be developed.

A corridor from Pamarru to Vijayawada covering a distance of 40 km, another corridor between Vijayawada and Edlapadu via Guntur covering a distance of 68 km and a 100-km circular corridor connecting Vijayawada-Guntur-Tenali need to be developed, UDA officials said.
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Civil societies want Eluru to be made hub of education and industry

Civil society representatives at a meeting here on Wednesday appealed to the State government to take West Godavari district on board in the development of the State Capital Region (SCR).

They emphasized the need to take the city into consideration while examining proposals for establishment of premier educational institutes like National Institute of Technology (NIT) and Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in the district.

With Kolkata-Chennai National Highway passing through the city and Gannavaram airport and Vijayawada just 60 km away, Eluru could be turned into a hub of education and industries, they said.

The meeting, chaired by Brijgopal Lunani, Chairman and Managing Director of the Sri Krishna Jute Mill, was attended by medical practitioners, tax auditors, advocates, teachers and representatives of private educational institutes and media houses.

The gathering adopted a resolution seeking government consideration for making the stretch of the NH from Hanuman Junction to Tadepalligudem either an educational corridor or a cluster of industries.

It was also resolved that the representatives of civil societies would meet MLAs and MPs from the district seeking their support in pursuit of the development proposal.

D. V. Subba Rao, a tax auditor, said that a proposal to implement a metro rail project between Guntur and Vijayawada was under active consideration by the government, while underlining the need for extension of the metro rail connectivity up to Eluru.

Rough estimates suggested that not less than 5,000 people were commuting from Eluru to Vijayawada daily. Development would become inclusive in real terms if the city was linked up with the metro rail, he said.

Export potential
Listing out the export potential of the district, Mr. Subba Rao said West Godavari exported human hair worth Rs. 200 crore per annum, adding that exports of lace products were also among the major business activities in Narsapur area.

Further B.K.S.R. Ayyangar, an RTI activist, said that there was a talk of expanding the SCR from Guntur to Eluru via Vijayawada, keeping the tri-city concept in view.

Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Nerella Rajendra was in the chair while secretary V. Ramakrishna Rao welcomed the gathering.
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"Vijayawada MP Kesineni Srinivas (Nani), Kakinada MP Thota Narasimham and Telugu Desam Party (TDP) official spokesperson at Delhi Kambhampati Rammohan Rao met Sivaramakirshnan Committee members at Delhi on Wednesday.

They explained the committee members about positive factors that make Vijayawada city eligible to become as capital of Andhra Pradesh. The city was centrally located and connects all cities and towns through railway and roads. An airport was located just 20 km away, and Port (Bandar) was located at a distance of 70 km. The city was also suitable to promote industries as thousands of acres of land was available near the city, they said.

Plenty of opportunities would be there in development of education, health and employment sectors if the VGTMUDA region were made capital. Water availability was not a problem as the city was located on the banks of the river Krishna, they said, stated a press release from the TDP office."]Vijayawada MP Kesineni Srinivas (Nani), Kakinada MP Thota Narasimham and Telugu Desam Party (TDP) official spokesperson at Delhi Kambhampati Rammohan Rao met Sivaramakirshnan Committee members at Delhi on Wednesday.

They explained the committee members about positive factors that make Vijayawada city eligible to become as capital of Andhra Pradesh. The city was centrally located and connects all cities and towns through railway and roads. An airport was located just 20 km away, and Port (Bandar) was located at a distance of 70 km. The city was also suitable to promote industries as thousands of acres of land was available near the city, they said.

Plenty of opportunities would be there in development of education, health and employment sectors if the VGTMUDA region were made capital. Water availability was not a problem as the city was located on the banks of the river Krishna, they said, stated a press release from the TDP office
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It is now official. A world class capital for Andhra Pradesh will come up between Vijayawada and Guntur.

According to municipal administration minister P Narayana, chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu took up the issue with Union minister for urban development M Venkaiah Naidu when both of them called on him earlier in the day. Narayana said that Naidu wants a city throbbing with life to be the capital city for Andhra Pradesh and feels that the location between Vijayawada and Guntur would be ideal for this purpose.

‘’We are trying to identify land for acquistiion for building the capital city. It would be an all inclusive capital. It would have all the administrative offices, courts and Assembly at one place besides residential colonies for the employees,” Narayana told newsmen. He said at present Naidu was looking at various models for development of capital city.
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Experts have suggested construction of a green capital for Andhra Pradesh, as the State can now embark on the opportunity and challenge of building such a city.

The suggestion was made at the two-day seminar on the effect of emissions and effluents on environment (EEEE - 2014) organised by Andhra University College of Engineering. State Minister for HRD G Srinivasa Rao in the inaugural on Monday said that the suggestions of the experts would be considered while building the new capital of the State.

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A session was devoted to the subject in the seminar and experts sought to clear certain misconceptions on the issue. J Satya Sai Kumar, from Curtin University (Perth, Australia), said a green capital should not be confused with a greenfield capital. “It does not mean building up one-time structure or structures but a continuous process of building the capital on a sustainable basis with the available local resources and keeping it going,” he said.

He said the Andhra Pradesh government should aim at building such a green capital. He said certain points should be borne in mind in building such a city. “The city should be based on renewable energy sources and it should be carbon-neutral. It should also be a bio-philic city such as Singapore. It should be eco-efficient and a smart city. The character of the city should be based on the local culture. Sustainable transport should be the most important element,” he explained.

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Sai Kumar said it would not be difficult to build such a city and it would not take a long time either. Innovative financing methods can also be tried, by roping in some of the stakeholders who stand to gain by the city, he suggested.

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CV Chalapathi Rao, from the National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI), said the Andhra Pradesh Government had made it clear that decentralisation would be its main objective in developing the State and therefore there would not be any concentration of all the industries or institutions in the capital, “a mistake made once in the case of Hyderabad as the capital of the united state of Andhra Pradesh.” He commended the idea of a green capital, “as countries like South Africa have three capitals.” Similarly, Andhra Pradesh could have an administrative capital, economic capital and other cities of equal importance.

“A city should be built on the local, sustainable resources, keeping in mind the established ecological principles, and it should merge with the landscape,” he said and added that a model could be prepared along those lines.

Architect Y Narasimha Rao and others spoke on the issue.
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Explore technologies used to build Singapore, State told. Appealing to Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu to consider locally available resources, use of non-conventional energy with proper waste disposal system and building technologies, he said the new capital could be made one of the best cities in the world.

Andhra Pradesh government has been recommended to go for a green capital to make it truly futuristic.

International expert on sustainable cities Jillella Satya Sai Kumar said on Monday that a sustainable city or a city with environment-friendly technologies and resources was being known as a green city. “The government should explore the technologies used to build Singapore,” he said.

Mr. Kumar, former consultant to UN ESCAP and a researcher at Curtin University (Australia) told The Hindu on the sidelines of an international conference on effects of emissions and effluents on environment (EEEE-2014) here that green city did not mean a Greenfield capital involving huge extent of land.

Appealing to Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu to consider locally available resources, use of non-conventional energy with proper waste disposal system and building technologies, he said the new capital could be made one of the best cities in the world.

“The new capital should be developed using renewable energy sources to make it carbon-neutral by putting carbon emissions at zero level. It should also be a biophilic city such as Singapore. It should be eco-efficient and a smart city. The character of the city be based on the local culture. Sustainable transport should be the core issue,” he pointed out.

Mr. Sai Kumar said though the construction would involve massive investment, the authorities could explore innovative financing methods by roping in prospective stakeholders who stand to gain by the city’s brand value.

Senior most chief scientist at National Environment Engineering Research Institute C.V. Chalapathi Rao, who also presented a paper at the conference, said the construction of a green capital was an opportunity for the new government post-bifurcation. He said the government could become a trend-setter by developing a smart and sustainable green city as the new capital.
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The new capital city of Andhra Pradesh will be built around the ancient town of Amaravati, once home to the powerful Satavahana dynasty, a senior minister and highly-placed government sources said.

Dotted with numerous Buddhist relics and a famous stupa erected during emperor Ashoka's time, the ancient town has abundant government land needed to build a new city, revenue department officials said.

With chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu keen on developing a new city on both sides of the Krishna river, officials zoomed in on Amaravati after realising that price of land in Mangalagiri, Babu's earlier choice, was too high.

"Land between Guntur and Vijayawada is fertile and the prices are way too high, so we suggested Amravati and it has been accepted," said a senior government official, privy to the latest decision.

Plans are afoot to link a few mandals in Krishna and Guntur districts, spread on either side of the river, with a six to eight lane bridge between Achampet mandal in Guntur and Nandigama in Krishna district.

Another bridge will also be built between Kanchikacherla in Krishna district and Amravati in Guntur district, officials who are working on the blueprint said.

Not just that, authorities are also mulling to improve connectivity between Vijayawada and the new capital by constructing a bridge between Gollapudi and Mangalagiri.

"The bridge has been sanctioned, and now the work will begin," an official added.

Once the bridges are constructed, the time to travel from Vijayawada and the new capital will be vastly reduced. Earlier, chief minister Naidu said the capital would be constructed between Vijayawada and Guntur around Mangalagiri.

However considering that land acquisition could pose serious problems, with cost hovering around Rs 15 crore per acre, revenue officials zeroed in on Amaravati, located about 35 km north-west of Guntur.

Officials said AP government has 10,929 acres in Amaravati mandal, 16,000 acres in Achampet mandal, and 6,000 acres in Tadikonda.

"Work to build the capital will start from Tadikonda. Currently prices in these areas are hovering around Rs 10 to 20 lakh per acre," one official said.

Sources said apart from government land, if required private land will also be acquired.

The revenue department is working on the compensation package, in case it acquires additional land.

Plans are also underway to link the proposed ring road in Guntur to Nuzivid in Krishna district.

"We are firm about the capital and the location will certainly cover Guntur and Krishna districts. The formal announcement will be made soon," a minister told TOI.

Apart from developing the city on both sides of the river, the government is also looking at operating sea planes in the river Krishna.
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