Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Andhra Pradesh's new capital Amaravati City: Final masterplan handed over

Final piece of six-month process to design state's new capital city given to chief minister
By Nirmala Ganapathy, India Bureau Chief, The Straits Times, 21 Jul 2015

Capping a six-month-long process to design Andhra Pradesh's new capital city, Singapore has handed over the masterplan to develop the heart of Amaravati in southern India.

The seed development masterplan, covering a 16.9 sq km area, is the final of three masterplans, including one for the entire city and another for the capital region handed over in March and May respectively, created by Surbana Jurong.

This third masterplan includes government buildings and the Central Business District.

The project, which opens up business opportunities for Singaporean companies, is one of the largest infrastructure projects in India.

"What our planners are trying to do is to capture a vision and the aspirations of the people of Andhra Pradesh and, at the same time, create a foundation for a city which is vibrant, liveable and has good infrastructure, good economic development," Mr S. Iswaran, Second Minister for Home Affairs and Trade and Industry, said yesterday, after handing over the masterplan to Andhra Pradesh's Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu.

"The next important stage is the development stage when plans are turned into reality.

"We are looking forward to continuing our partnership with Andhra," said Mr Iswaran.

Amaravati, named after an ancient Buddhist city, is being created from the ground up in the Guntur Vijayawada area after Andhra Pradesh lost its capital Hyderabad to the new state of Telangana, created last year. Geographically, Hyderabad falls under the new state.

Mr Naidu is seeking to lay the foundation stone, marking the beginning of construction, for the new city on Oct 22 and is looking at completing the first of five phases of the seed development masterplan that includes government buildings, by 2018 - ahead of state elections in 2019.



It is estimated that 300,000 people will be living in the city centre, which has been designed based on the principles of Vaastu - an ancient science of architecture.

Ahead of that, the Andhra Pradesh government will choose an Amaravati Development Partner to oversee the construction through a bidding process.

Urban planning is currently in focus in India with Prime Minister Narendra Modi launching an initiative to create 100 modern cities to cope with an urban population expected to grow from 31 per cent to 40 per cent by 2030.

Mr Teo Eng Cheong , chief executive of International Enterprise Singapore, said: "This masterplan demonstrates Singapore's capabilities and paves the way for future partnerships in India, across sectors such as urban planning, infrastructure and supporting services."




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Singapore firms eye project to build new capital city in India
Ascendas-Singbridge, Sembcorp may submit bids to build new capital city in India: Minister
By Chong Koh Ping, The Straits Times, 21 Jul 2015

At least two Singaporean township developers are likely to bid for the project to help build a new capital city for the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.

For the third phase, the project covers about 17 sq km in the centre of the new capital Amaravati, which is being built on the banks of the Krishna River.

Singapore submitted the third and final master plan for the city to the Andhra Pradesh government yesterday. The master plan was designed by Singapore's Surbana Jurong. It sets out the land use and infrastructure plans for a 16.9 sq km start-up area within the 7,000 sq km capital region.

The first part was delivered in March while the second was delivered in May. The city centre will be home to government buildings, including the legislative, executive and judiciary branches of the Andhra Pradesh government.

It will also include a mix of commercial and residential areas to cater to the employment, housing, social, cultural and recreational needs of the residents. By 2050, Amaravati is expected to be home to over 10 million people.

"Singapore is honoured to have been invited by the Andhra Pradesh government to master plan and develop its new capital Amaravati," said Mr S. Iswaran, Minister in the Prime Minister's Office and Second Minister for Trade and Industry, in Andhra Pradesh yesterday. He was there to deliver the plan to the state's Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu.

Mr Iswaran said the master plans have been completed on schedule and Singapore is keen to help the city implement and develop them.

"This collaboration has also opened up more business and investment opportunities in Andhra Pradesh and India for Singapore companies," he added.

With the completion of the development blueprint, the next step is for the Andhra Pradesh government to select a master developer.

In an interview with the Singapore media last week, Mr Iswaran said Singaporean township developers Ascendas-Singbridge and Sembcorp Development have both indicated interest in bidding for the project.

Mr Iswaran said either of these firms stand a good chance of clinching the project as they have good track records in township development projects in countries such as China and Vietnam, and both are familiar with India.

Sembcorp Development chief executive Kelvin Teo said: "For over 20 years, we have been at the forefront of many government-supported projects. We have conceptualised 13 large-scale integrated urban developments covering 11,000ha of land across Asia, and invested in more than 3,300MW of thermal and renewable power assets across seven Indian states, including Andhra Pradesh."

Ascendas-Singbridge deputy chief executive Manohar Khiatani, who is also president and chief executive of Ascendas, said India has always been a key market for Ascendas-Singbridge. Andhra Pradesh is an exciting chance for the firm to deepen its presence in India, he added.

"We will study the master plan... when it is available, to identify areas where we could potentially participate in and contribute our expertise in urban development."

Singapore's involvement in the Amaravati's development will help create business opportunities for local firms in areas such as manufacturing and logistics, said Mr Iswaran.

The project also has significance for bilateral ties as it is an example of how Singapore can help India build sustainable, smart cities, he added.

Mr Iswaran said either of these firms stand a good chance of clinching the project as they have good track records in township development projects in countries such as China and Vietnam, and both are familiar with India.

Sembcorp Development chief executive Kelvin Teo said: ''For over 20 years, we have been at the forefront ofmanygovernment-supported projects.We have conceptualised 13 large-scale integrated urban developments covering 11,000ha of land across Asia, and invested in more than 3,300MW of thermal and renewable power assets across seven Indian states, including AndhraPradesh.''

Ascendas-Singbridge deputy chief executive Manohar Khiatani, who is also presidentandchief executive of Ascendas, said India has always been a key market for Ascendas-Singbridge. AndhraPradesh is an exciting chance for the firm to deepenits presence in India,he added.

''We will study the master plan... when it is available, to identify areas where we could potentially participate in and contribute our expertise in urban development.''

Singapore's involvement in the Amaravati's development will help create business opportunities for local firms in areas such as manufacturing and logistics, said Mr Iswaran.

The project also has significance for bilateral ties as it is an example of how Singapore can help India build sustainable, smartcities, he added.




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* Singapore group to build new Indian city's core
Ascendas-Sembcorp consortium is master developer for Andhra Pradesh capital's start-up site
By Nirmala Ganapathy, India Bureau Chief In Vijayawada, The Straits Times, 16 May 2017

A Singapore consortium will develop the commercial core of Amaravati, the new capital city of Andhra Pradesh, deepening the Republic's footprint in the fast-growing economy where developing urban infrastructure is a government priority.

The consortium of Ascendas-Singbridge and Sembcorp Development, which had jointly bid on the project, was announced yesterday as the master developer for a 6.84 sq km stretch called the start-up area.

It was given the letter of award in a ceremony witnessed by Singapore's Minister for Trade and Industry (Industry) S. Iswaran and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu.

"This start-up area will certainly be the heart of Amaravati," said Mr Iswaran, who is in India on a three-day visit.

He added: "This is a momentous occasion... The partners will build the required infrastructure and attract developers and companies, both Indian and international, to create high-quality residential, commercial and public facilities."

He also attended a ceremony yesterday to lay the foundation stone for the start-up site in Amaravati.

The capital city and region - spread across 8,603 sq km, or 10 times the size of Singapore - is being built in the Guntur Vijayawada region. The capital city area currently consists largely of empty farm land interspersed with villages alongside the Krishna river. It is estimated that 10 million people will be living in Amaravati by 2050.

The state is building a capital city from scratch because it lost its existing capital of Hyderabad to Telangana, a new state that was carved out of Andhra Pradesh in 2014. It was given the option of sharing Hyderabad for 10 years, but Mr Naidu has already moved government offices and the assembly from Hyderabad to Amaravati. The plan is to develop the capital city, including the start-up areas, in multiple phases over a period of 15 to 20 years.

Still, Mr Naidu, who will face elections in two years, urged the Singaporean firms to work fast.

"I requested you here to speed up work and before next elections, show some results. I have to show progress," he said.



In India, urban infrastructure is a pressing priority as more and more Indians move to cities in search of jobs and a better standard of life.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has unrolled a plan to modernise 100 existing cities, and has sought expertise from other countries, including Singapore.

While Amaravati, a greenfield project, is not on that list, it is one of the most ambitious urban infrastructure projects right now. Its challenges include securing continuing finances for a project estimated to take up to two decades to complete. Some initial estimates put the cost of the project at over one trillion rupees (S$22 billion).



The masterplan for the capital city was completed in six months' time in 2015, by Singapore's Surbana Jurong. But the Andhra Pradesh government was unable to move to the next stage of appointing a master developer as it was hit by legal troubles, ranging from firms filing cases against the bidding process to farmers resisting the land-pooling process.

While most of the legal hurdles have been resolved, some remain, including a case in the National Green Tribunal on the ecological impact of the city.

Yet, in spite of these challenges, the master developer of the project is excited by the opportunities.

Mr Neil McGregor, group president and chief executive of Sembcorp Industries, said: "It is a rare opportunity to create a city from scratch."

But he noted: "I think the challenge will be moving at a sufficient speed to develop the land and to attract the right kind of investment and businesses to the area."




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