Master plan for Andhra Pradesh capital likely to be ready in June

The master plan for the capital of Andhra Pradesh, coming up in Vijaywada region, is likely to be ready by June.

Hyderabad: The master plan for the capital of Andhra Pradesh, coming up in Vijaywada region, is likely to be ready by June.

The Singapore government agencies, which are helping the AP government by preparing the master plan for free, on Monday made a presentation before Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, who is on a visit to Singapore.

Naidu suggested some changes in the plan.

"The capital city master plan will be refined by incorporating these suggestions and modifications in the next six to eight weeks," a state government release said here.

The delegation from Andhra Pradesh gave a detailed presentation on the land pooling process and various timelines for making the capital ready.

The state government has pooled around 32,000 acres for developing the capital.

The AP and Singapore delegations have decided to meet in the next six to eight weeks by the time the Singapore government comes up with a revised version of the master plan.

"The next stage, however, would be the seed capital planning," the release said.

Naidu began his day in Singapore by reading a note in remembrance of Singapore's Founding Father Lee Kuan Yew.

Later, he had breakfast meeting with Singapore's Foreign Affairs Minister K Shanmugam and Ambassador-at-large Gopinath Pillai followed by a high-level meeting with Singapore's Second Minister for Trade and Industry S Iswaran.

During the meeting with Iswaran and other delegates of Singapore, Naidu was presented a broad outline of the capital region to which he suggested a few modifications, it said.

The AP delegation led by Naidu includes Finance Minister Y Ramakrishnudu, Urban Development Minister P Narayana and Advisor (communications) Parakala Prabhakar.

Later, the chief minister held a meeting with Singapore officials and investors.

Naidu, who made a presentation to delegates, said he admires Singaporeans for their work ethics.

Remembering Singapore's first Prime Minister Lee Kuan

Yew, Naidu said, "I have been an admirer of Lee. Paying tributes to him, Andhra Pradesh legislative Assembly has moved a condolence motion."

"As promised to the people of my state, I'm committed to give them a world-class capital city on the lines of Singapore," the release quoted the chief minister as saying.

Highlighting potential sectors for investments and trade ties between AP and Singapore, he said infrastructure, ports and shipping, telecommunications, smart cities, transportation, water management and urban planning are some areas of collaboration.

Noting that the capital city planning is in advanced stage, Naidu said the detailed plan will be out by June.

He assured investors that the ease of doing business, mega infrastructure projects, targeted policies and transparent governance will be AP's highlights.

Observing that his state offers a plethora of opportunities to Singapore companies, Naidu said, "Come and experience Andhra Pradesh."

Iswaran said Singapore has the opportunity to build a world-class capital city for Andhra Pradesh.

"We are quite impressed with Chief Minister Naidu and his team's energy," the release quoted him as saying.