Singapore helps India to realise world-class infrastructure and sustainable environment for the first smart city project in India, The Amaravati city, located in the capital of the southern state of Andhra Pradesh.
Amaravati city is said to be the “benchmark” for new cities and the centre for economic growth, as stated by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Mr S. Iswaran, Singapore Minister for Trade and Industry, said that Singapore is “honored and privileged to be able to play a part in Amaravati’s future smart city”. He added that much work will be needed for the government and people of Andhra to build world-class infrastructure and implement economic and social policies to attract investors from India and overseas in order to realise the vision of a strong an sustainable economy and city in Amaravati.
Narendra Modi goes on by expressing the challenges for creating a brand-new city, noting the fact that because very few new capitals or towns have been built after Independence, the city must look towards urbanisation with sustainability.
Scheduled to complete in early 2016, the three key plans for the new Amaravati capital includes a lot of green spaces. High-rise commercial and residential buildings, along with low-rise government offices, have been created by Singapore companies.
The estimate cost for building infrastructure in the capital city project is around one trillion rupees (S$21.4 billion). The memorandum of understanding has already been signed by Singapore Republic and Andhra Pradesh in December last year to prepare the master plan covering Amaravati city’s 16.9 sq km of land.
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