The Chief Minister met with officials of the Capital Regional Development Authority at his residence, and discussed the status of the projects in Amaravati.
He instructed them to strategise that the city must not have any slums, and appropriate housing and layouts must be planned in order to provide shelter to the local population.
“CRDA, as an organization must start growing bigger, and capacity building and planning are the ways to work faster, and more efficiently”, he said.
He also said that the waterways and state canals must be included in a network, and State Inland Waterways must also contribute to the connectivity in the state. “Special Purpose Vehicles can be introduced for this purpose. No other state capital has this advantage”, said Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu.
Officials reported that almost 70% of the projects in Amaravati have successfully passed the tender stage, and are now in the grounding stage. Material procurement is the current focus, and the availability of all the required raw materials, gravel, hard granite metal and sand, is confirmed to be in a radius of 75% around Amaravati.
As per environment-friendly moves, fly ash will be used instead of gravel to a large extent, and will be developed in barges.
The progress on bringing the hotels is also reaching a good pace, as around 10 hotels have confirmed their developers and presence in the city. “By 2020, Amaravati will surely have 1200 rooms available across hotels”, reported Sreedhar Cherukuri, Commissioner of CRDA.
He also reported that MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions) will be a hub developed under the PPP model, and will become one of the top centres of economic, cultural and business activities in the Southeast Asian region. 42 acres of land has been identified, in a plot along the banks of river Krishna, and the cost of the project will be ₹1,220 crore.
Minister of Municipal Administration and Urban Development P. Narayana, Principal Secretaries Ajay Jain and Satish Chandra, and Chairman & Managing Director of Amaravati Development Corporation Lakshmi Parthasarathi were also present in the meeting.