The Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy has proposed the development of three concept cities in Visakhapatnam, Tirupati and Anantpur. He has asked the state officials to ready a blueprint for the creation of concept cities which would host industries and residential townships.
Proposed to be built over a radius of 10 square kilometres, the concept cities are reportedly aimed at fetching investments to the regions of Vizag, Tirupati, and Anantapur.
The Chief Minister has advised the officials to take Columbia city in Indiana, USA as a model to plan the concept cities. He has also asked the officials to equip the areas with modern infrastructure and provide manpower through skill development centres.
Stating that tech-giant TCS expressed interest in setting up a campus in Tirupati, Reddy asked the officials to take the required steps to rope in the project. He has also directed the officials to convert the International Institute of Digital Technologies (IIDT) in Tirupati to world-class skill development centre.
The Chief Minister said that a single-window system has been introduced for transparency in sanctioning of industries. Land, water and power would be provided at nominal rates for setting up industries, he added.
The state government’s proposal to set up new ‘concept cities’ comes at a time when there is a large question over the future of Andhra’s upcoming capital Amaravati, after the World Bank and Asian Infrastructure and Investment Bank withdrew their USD 500 million proposed funding for the ‘Amaravati Sustainable Infrastructure and Institutional Development Project’ on centre’s request in July this year.
The Andhra government had also terminated the Amaravati ‘Start-up Area’ project earlier this year, which was to be developed by a Singapore consortium.