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 Source : News Bharati English  Date : 24-Mar-2017

Amaravati, March 24:  Amaravati a new capital of Andhra Pradesh will run electric buses with no emission. The government approved the suggestion given by the Foster and Partners, UK based architects and a master architect from Amaravati for using eco-friendly, non-polluting public transport, especially buses.

N Chandrababu Naidu Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh after a meeting with Foster and Partners at Vijayawada said that unmanned electric buses will run on roads of Amaravati administrative city with dedicated stops. He added that for avoiding pollution in the city, only electric buses and vehicles will be permitted to ply.

Based on the earlier suggestion by Foster and Partners and architect Hafeez Contractor, the Indian partner came up with a broad plan to contribute local design ideas. Title named “Amaravati-The People’s Capital – Building a Sustainable Vision” was made by Foster and Partners which highlighted the need for integrating green and blue spaces.

The official said that the city would consist of 51% green, 10% water, 14% road and 25% building footprint in the new capital. In the city public parks with natural landscapes and plants would come up, said Foster’s representatives. They suggested that educational buildings and institutions should be distributed and priority should be given to local materials and products to facilitate growth, development and jobs. Under the concept of “Building Civic Pride: The People’s Capital”, they said that government complexes should be open to all, cultural buildings should be included within green and blue areas, city squares and urban squares should be inclusive and attractive. They suggested that canal sides should be used as public areas.

Chris Bubb of Foster and Partners said With regard to sustainable energy that energy consumption demand should be reduced by 40-60% and solar energy should be used.

The representative suggested introducing rainwater harvesting and storm water management for sustainable water usage and also proposed to use recycled water from sewage treatment plants for irrigation. The representative added that the architectural heritage should be represented in the arrangement and format of buildings and spaces to promote Andhra Pradesh’s culture, heritage and arts.

Considering integrating of local arts and culture of all 13 districts, Amaravati would not only a modern city but will appear as smart city.

Many ideas were given to make the city as a walkable city and for safeguarding environment in which Natural walkable environments, streets and courtyards with greenery and shading were mentioned. Foster and Partners suggested for Vehicle-free zones. They stressed dedicated bicycle and pedestrian routes and use of canals for water taxis.

To understand the arrangement of buildings, Chris Bubb, Rob Harrison, Rob Seymour and Harsh Thapar from Foster and Partners said they had studied a number of cities in the world and those they have included all those studies, ideas in the plan that they presented Wednesday.