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Amaravati to be among world’s top 5 cities: N Chandrababu Naidu

N. Chandrababu Naidu talked about sufficient water availability for a new city from Krishna and Godavari rivers, and to many canals in the areas.

AP CM Chandrababu Naidu.

New Delhi: Greenfield capital city Amaravati will figure out among the top five in the world &  be an international benchmark, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu said on Friday.

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“This time it is the greenfield city & I want to build the best. I want to the benchmark it internationally. I am working with all the current cities. It should be one among the five top (cities) in the World,” Naidu said in the panel discussion at the India Economic Summit here on Friday.

“Land is available. Now I have to bring the best changes in education institutions, hospitals, hotels & financial institution (to the new city),” he said.

Recalling work done by him for the developing Hyderabad, he said: “It took nine years. We spent all our energies and resources in Hyderabad, because of Hyderabad Telangana is having a surplus budget.”

He further said that  “capital bifurcation, it is very painful practice. It is the crisis…(but) this time to build a new capital is the rare opportunity (for me)”.

On land availability, he believed, “We have nearly 34,000 acres of land pooling (for the new city). All political parties as usual to trying opposed (land acquisition). They want to create a problem.

They provoked farmers (but) wisdom prevail with farmer & ultimately not a single litigation against it (from farmers) except the political litigation.”

He also talked about the sufficient water availability for the new city from Krishna & Godavari rivers, and many canals in the areas.

NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant talked about a massive urbanisation set to happen in India which will have 700 million people living in the cities by 2050.

He was of the view that India must urbanise in a smart way so that the country can become a lively urbanised economy of the world.

He said India should not urbanise the way China did as they followed American model which led the creation of polluting cities.

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