City of Dreams

India Today - - UPFRONT -

Hav­ing run a trun­cated Andhra Pradesh for two-and-a-half years with­out a cap­i­tal city, chief min­is­ter Chan­drababu Naidu is dream­ing big. Fos­ter + Part­ners, the fa­mous ar­chi­tec­tural prac­tice led by Nor­man Fos­ter, is ex­pected to present its plans on Fe­bru­ary 22. Naidu him­self has talked of cre­at­ing a mod­ern city in a his­tor­i­cal set­ting. The cap­i­tal is to be called Amar­a­vati, the abode of the im­mor­tals, and lo­cated on the banks of the Kr­ishna. Ap­par­ently, part of Naidu’s in­spi­ra­tion for the cap­i­tal are the sets of grandiose epics such as Baahubali and Gau­tamipu­tra Satakarni, the lat­ter star­ring his brother-in-law and Tel­ugu De­sam Party MLA Nan­damuri Balakr­ishna. The Amar­a­vati Cap­i­tal Devel­op­ment Author­ity, headed by Naidu, has also an­nounced it will float Rs 1,000 crore bonds to fund devel­op­ment. Naidu is also hop­ing the World Bank will pitch in to help build a city which, in 20 years, is ex­pected to be­come home to over 11 mil­lion peo­ple.

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