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Old May 23rd, 2016, 07:39 AM   #1
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VIJAYAWADA | CITY SQUARE | Approved , U/C

Govt of AP's prestigious project of CITY SQUARE consists Exhibition Centre , Shopping Complex , City Gallery ,Convention Centre and a Lung Space

Musical Fountain,Underground Parking ,Cycling and Jogging Tracks and all are in GIIC planned project

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Vijayawada city set for big makeover

http://www.thehansindia.com/posts/in...akeover/229831

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Vijayawada: The PWD Grounds (Swaraj Maidan) on Bandar road in the city is set for a major makeover. It would be developed as City Square on lines with the famous such centres in the West. The design for this was finalised by Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu here on Sunday. GIIC company of China had prepared the design.

Stating that the City Square would emerge as a prestigious project of the state, he said it would be very useful for the people and would create a lung space which was badly required for a city like Vijayawada. The CM enquired from the GIIC representatives about the shopping complex, parking area, etc.

The meeting to finalise the design was attended by Minister for Water Resources Devineni Umamaheswara Rao, CMO chief secretary Satish Chandra, District Collector Babu A, Municipal Commissioner G Veera Pandian and GIIC representatives. Speaking on the occasion, the Collector said the City Square would attract tourists and yield good revenue to the government.

He said the City Square to be developed under public-private partnership at a cost of Rs 135 crore would provide space for exhibitions and public meetings. The Collector said the existing rythu bazaar at Swaraj Maidan would be shifted to the Ryves Canal bank near Alankar Theatre.

He said a model rythu bazaar would be developed with 350 stalls at a cost of Rs 4 crore. It may be noted here that several people’s organisations and political parties staged a dharna in protest against the government's move to shift the rythu bazaar at the PWD Grounds.
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City Square to come up in Vijayawada

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/i...w/52391393.cms

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VIJAYAWADA: The historic VIJAYAWADA city will soon have a new icon in the form of a City Square that will be built under the public-private partnership initiative at the Swarajya Maidan in the heart of the city. Guizhou International Investment Corporation of China (GIIC) has designed the City Square that will come up on a five-acre land at an estimated cost of Rs 135 crore.

Andhra Pradesh (AP) chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu approved the design on Sunday at a meeting attended by water resources minister Devineni Umamaheswara Rao, Krishna district collector Babu A, municipal commissioner G Veerapandian and representatives of GIIC.

"The City Square will be a jewel in AP's crown and be a large tourist attraction," Naidu said on the occasion.

Vijayawada, the second largest city in AP, is currently serving as the "functional capital" of the state.

The proposed City Square will have shopping complexes and a stupa depicting the heritage of the region.

An underground parking lot will also be developed.


The existing Rythu Bazaar (farmers' market) at Swarajya Maidan will be relocated at Gandhinagar and a new complex built with 350 shops at a cost of Rs 4 crore, according to the district collector.


The existing government buildings belonging to the water resources department will also be dismantled to make space for the City Square.

As the Swarajya Maidan has been serving as the only large vacant ground in the city for decades, where every public meeting is held besides the annual industrial exhibition, there has been opposition to convert it into a City Square as it deprived the city of "lung space".
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Brand new DGP office to make way for City Square


http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/c...w/52630672.cms

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VIJAYAWADA: The contentious City Square project will not only gobble up structures on Swaraj Maidan, but also a series of other buildings, including the state guest house, APSPDCL office and the newly-built DGP's office at Governorpet.

As per the designs of China's Guizhou International Investment Corporation (GIIC), which is the promoter of the City Square project, the acquired space will be used for building shopping complexes.

Once the district administration gives the go-ahead for demolition of the structures, public money worth Rs 5 crore would go down the drain as the Rythu Bazaar and DGP office were constructed recently -- in the second half of 2015. Even the guest house was renovated only after Vijayawada was announced as a temporary capital.

Little wonder, the opposition parties are coming down heavily on the state government for not practising what it preached. They said on one hand CM Chandrababu Naidu talks about austerity and on the other, is wasting public money.

"The chief minister keeps chanting that the state is in a severe financial crisis and blames the Congress. The government spent crores of rupees in the name of modernisation of Rythu Bazaar and DGP's office and they would be pulling down these structures soon for the City Square project. It is public money and the government should be held accountable," said spokesperson of Andhra Pradesh Congress Committee Kolanukonda Sivaji.


Krishna district collector Babu A said that close to 21 acres will be made available for the public for various activities by clearing all the structures on Swaraj Maidan. According to GIIC, 21 acres include 20.3 acres of Swaraj Maidan and 0.6 acres of land on which the guest house and other buildings are located.


Sources said the shopping complex that would come up in place of the guest house will require all the structures to be brought down. "Swaraj Maidan is spread over 81,700 square metres and the land adjacent where the SPDCL office and others are located is close to 2,500 square metres. All this land will be used for the project," confirmed a source.


While officials are not forthcoming as to when the shopping complex will be built, it is said that the works on City Square will begin soon. "The project will be taken up at a cost of Rs 135.8 crore. Only 3 per cent of the land will be used for buildings and 21 per cent for green cover," an official told TOI.
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City Square project is very much on, says Collector

http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/...cle9213736.ece

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The ‘iconic’ structure is proposed to be built in PPP mode

The government’s decision to use the Swaraj Maidan (PWD grounds) as the main venue for hosting the ongoing Amaravati Shopping Festival (ASF) has led to speculation that the much-hyped City Square project may get dropped.

“The proposed City Square project at PWD grounds is very much on,” said Krishna District Collector Babu A.

The plan envisages expansion of the ground by clearing many government and private structures. The new ‘iconic’ structure is proposed to be built under the public-private partnership initiative.

The Collector said the Guizhou International Investment Corporation of China (GIIC) had designed the concept plan. “The government is studying the RFP (Request for Proposal). The space allotted for implementation of the City Square will be much more than what it is seen at the PWD ground now,” said the Collector.

According to the earlier plan, the project was proposed to be developed at a cost of Rs. 135 crore. Releasing the designs submitted by the representatives of the GIIC at a media conference, Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu had called it ‘a jewel in Andhra Pradesh crown’. He had said the project, when realised, would become a large tourist attraction.

Shopping fest

For now, the sprawling ground is hosting the first-ever shopping festival which, the officials claim, would become a calendar event. While people visiting the exhibition venues don’t seem to be much impressed saying there is nothing much to shop around except a few food courts, the officials insist that “there is a very good response.”

“Yesterday (Tuesday), nearly 45,000 people visited the event at PWD grounds, while similar carnivals being held at Punnami and Padmavathi ghats saw close to 10,000 footfalls,” said Mr. Babu.

“A common feature of such shopping festivals is that they take some time to gain momentum,” he said. The organisers say 300-odd shop owners in malls and other showrooms outside the festival venues have enrolled for the event.

People buying stuff at these shops are being given coupons and attractive prizes are doled out through draw of lots on a daily basis. This is in addition to mega bumper prizes that will be given at the end of the festival.

Guizhou International Investment Corporation of China has designed the concept plan.

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Some Opposition for City Square

Legal battle against City Square proposal likely

http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/...le16961185.ece

Strong pitch against City Square

http://www.newindianexpress.com/stat...e-1554421.html

Call to oppose City Square at Swaraj Maidan

http://www.thehansindia.com/posts/in...-Maidan/271097
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