The construction arm of Larsen and Turbo (L&T) has bagged an order worth Rs 1,954 from the Andhra Pradesh government to build the base infrastructure for the state capital, Amaravathi. The project will be executed by the Water Effluent Treatment Business and Transportation Infrastructure Business of L&T Construction. The Rs 1,954 crore worth project will set the most basic infrastructure for the proposed city of Amaravati, in its first stage of development.
L&T will now build roads, bridges, stormwater drains, sewerage and utility ducts for power as well as information and communications technology. Part of the project order includes an avenue plantation and artificial waterbody that is compatible with trunk infrastructure in layouts for the Amaravati government complex, which will come up at the proposed city.
L&T bagged the project from the Andhra Pradesh Capital Regional Development Authority (APCRDA) on Wednesday. The massive project has been an integral part of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu’s dream project of developing the capital city of Amravati with global infrastructure.
Naidu, at more than one instance, has expressed his desire to fashion Amaravati along the lines of Singapore. The need for a new capital city for Andhra Pradesh arose after the state bifurcation in 2014.
The CM intends to build a city spanning 217 square kilometres near Vijayawada along the Krishna River, with a capacity to hold 3.5 million people by 2050. The city is expected to cost the exchequer Rs 45,000 crore.
L&T winning the project for the base infrastructure for the city comes at a time when eight infrastructure projects for the proposed city was denied by the Forest Advisory Committee (FAC) with the Environment Ministry. The FAC rejected the pleas saying that the user agencies had not explored options to use non-forest lands for the project development.
The eight projects denied by FAC were to come up at 3,306 hectares of forest land, and included the establishment of adventure eco-theme park, integrated institutional complex, science city, eco-tourism village, bio-diversity park and offices of various government agencies, namely in the Guntur forest division in Andhra Pradesh. The total project involves the diversion of 13,267.12 hectares of forest land to the APCRDA for infrastructure development.