HYDERABAD: As the date for the Sivaramakrishnan committee to submit its report to the Centre on a suitable place for the new capital of Andhra Pradesh is fast approaching, the state government has begun taking quick steps to design and construct the capital city.
After almost deciding to set up the new capital on the Vijayawada-Guntur stretch, the government on Sunday constituted a nine-member advisory committee to examine the different aspects of the construction of capital as well as to suggest an action plan for the city’s overall development.
Municipal Administration and Urban Development Minister P Narayana was appointed head of the committee, a majority of whose members are industrialists. The panel also includes TDP MPs Y S Chowdary alias Sujana Chowdary and Galla Jayadev.
According to a government order, the committee will advice it on a vibrant, diverse and inclusive city. It would also suggest the creation of a highly livable urban ecosystem.
The committee will also look at the efficient use of natural resources such as land, water and energy, the government order claims.
During its study, the committee will concentrate on green technologies, green spaces, waterfronts and other aspects that promote smart and sustainable urban development.
It will also recommend where to locate important buildings such as the Assembly, Secretariat and Raj Bhavan.
The panel would further suggest urban planning policies that promote vertical development along transportation corridors, not only within the city but also in the larger metropolitan area, thereby preventing the development of an urban sprawl.
The committee would look into effective institutional and management systems for cost-efficient construction and professional management of the new capital and supplement the resources pledged by the Centre with innovative mechanisms to raise additional resources for development.
Narayana told reporters that the panel would submit its report within three months.