Is the capital of Telangana Amaravati

Amaravati: Foster + Partners ‘Sustainability oasis for India

Since Andhra Pradesh was divided in 2014, the southern Indian state needs a new capital, because the old one, Hyderabad, went to the newly created Telangana. But if you have to start over, why not do it right away? Apparently following a similar idea, the government decided to build a completely new capital for the now shrunken state. Since Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone, not much has happened in Amaravati - as the city is called. However, a master plan by Foster + Partners is intended to ensure that the future capital not only thrives, but is also sustainably good.


This is how plans and forecasts change: Andhra Pradeshs According to the authorities, the new main state should actually have a population of 3.5 million within five years. Around three years after the foundation stone was laid in October 2015, however, this forecast is difficult to believe. It was still in mid-2018 Amaravati little more than a village, characterized by a few half-finished citizens' projects, agricultural land and hardly any infrastructure. Many doubt that a true oasis of sustainability will emerge here. But that is exactly what the plans of Foster + Partners for the emerging city.


Green backbone

Actually, the renowned British architecture firm was initially only supposed to design the new legislative assembly. At the beginning of 2017, however, it was announced that Foster + Partners would plan the entire government complex and thus the core of the city. Your master plan looks kind of green backbone the city before that is at least 60 percent from water and green areas and forms the basis of the environmental concept for the city. The water is branched off in elaborate loops from Amaravati's lifeline, the river Krishna. Lutyen's New Delhi and New York's Central Park served as models for the five and a half kilometer long and one kilometer wide square.


Green buildings

Viewed from the river, the government district begins with a mixed-use district, which is formed around 13 public squares, which represent the 13 districts of Andhra Pradesh. Like the rest of the master plan, the buildings here are supposed to produce most of their energy themselves using photovoltaics. Two buildings particularly stand out in the complex. The first of these is the semi-public one already mentioned Legislative Assembly. Characterized by a 250 meter high, needle-like spike, it forms the centerpiece of the government city that can be seen from afar. A second iconic building is that Supreme Court, which, based on ancient stupas, attracts attention as a modern pyramid.


All green and good, but ...

Transport is also designed entirely for sustainability. In the government complex you can get around by means of electrically operated local transport - buses, metro and water taxis - as well as, on specially designated paths, by bike. The electricity for the electric vehicles comes from a nearly eight square kilometer solar park outside the city. Well-shaded streets and squares should also encourage people to walk.


In one sentence: Amaravati should become one of the most sustainable cities in the world. The future will show how realistic the billion-dollar project is. Quite a few Indians are critical of the project with regard to possible corruption. Others are more optimistic and hope for an Indian model city. Newer videos definitely show: (In) Amaravati is being built.