Amaravati to be ‘virtual capital’
Andhra Pradesh

Amaravati to be ‘virtual capital’

The Chief Minister, N Chandrababu Naidu, has said the European design and engineering group, Dassault Systems, is building a 'virtual Amaravati' for creating development models for the state's new capital. The Andhra Pradesh Government and the French 3D experience company are working on the project as the world’s first of its kind technology-driven clean and green city.

Speaking at the World Cities Summit in Singapore, Mr. Naidu said that the system will create virtual simulation models for the new capital and 'we are going to position buildings, monitor air quality and wind direction as well as disaster management.'

Technology is very inspiring, said the Chief Minister who had transformed Hyderabad into Cyber-city. 'Real-time solutions and real-time decision making will be used to build Amaravati,' he said at a panel discussion the mega summit that is combined with Singapore International Water Week and Clean Enviro Summit.

Stressing that renewable energy will be used to the maximum at Amaravati, Naidu said that solar energy is a blessing. 'We will use solar and wind energy which I am promoting.'

Naidu vouched to make Amravati a clean and green city, benchmarked among the world's top five cities. On the progress in building up the capital,Mr. Naidu said that around 30 lakh sq ft of construction work is in progress while 4,000 houses would be built immediately. Cost-effective financing was being arranged.

A Singapore start-up is,meanwhile, using its interactive hologram technology to engage citizens’ inputs on the Amaravati master plan. It is a partnership with Andhra Pradesh Capital Region Development Authority (APCRDA) with the support of Amaravati Partnership Office (APO) led by Singapore’s Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) and Enterprise Singapore.