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- Andhra to sign MoU with Kazakh capital over building new capital
Andhra Pradesh will sign a MoU with Kazakhstan's capital Astana to work together on building new state capital Amaravati, an official statement said on Sunday.
IANS | Jul 11, 2016, 07.54 AM IST
VIJAYAWADA: Andhra Pradesh will sign a MoU with Kazakhstan's capital Astana to work together on building new state capital Amaravati, an official statement said on Sunday.
This was decided when Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu, who is currently on a visit to Kazakhstan, met Astana Mayor Asset Issekeshev.
The MoU will be signed in a few months, said a statement from the chief minister's office here.
It was decided to set up a joint working group with members from both the sides.
Andhra Pradesh's working group will be headed by Municipal Administration and Urban Development Minister P. Narayana. The working group will have four more members.
Both the groups will work closely and share their experiences to build a world-class capital.
The mayor showed keen interest to share their experiences in building Astana as the new capital. Astana became a new capital of Kazakhstan in 1997, replacing Almaty.
"We will share where we did well and where we went wrong so that you can learn from our experience and avoid mistakes and improve your performance," said Issekeshev.
Naidu told him that Prime Minister Narendra Modi who visited Astana suggested to him that he take a cue from this futurist city of symbols.
"I am very impressed seeing how Astana is built. I have seen almost the entire city and found it very beautiful," the chief minister said, asking the mayor to share details of their architects, designers, and builders involved in the construction of Astana.
Issekeshev informed him that more than 150 architects have worked for 10 years on the project.
Stating that this relationship will be beneficial to both, the mayor said that Kazakhstan has a lot of opportunities for business people from Andhra Pradesh.
To increase the tourist traffic between Kazakhstan and the south Indian state, the mayor promised to speak to their transport minister to introduce a direct flight from Amaravati.
Earlier, the delegation led by Naidu met Kazakhstan Defence Minister Imangali Tasmagambetov in Almaty. They discussed the difficulties faced in building the new capital city.
The defence minister recalled that they had to float a global tender and pool investments from government, foreign companies, and private companies as well for formulating a city design.
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- Move to include rainwater harvesting pits in building plan in Vijayawada
Taking forward chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu's campaign, the civic body has decided to make water harvesting pits mandatory.
TNN | Jul 11, 2016, 04.30 PM IST
VIJAYAWADA: In a few months from now, citizens would have to include a rainwater harvesting pit in the building plan. Otherwise, Vijayawada municipal corporation would neither approve it nor give an occupancy certificate. Taking forward chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu's campaign, the civic body has decided to make water harvesting pits mandatory. The modalities are yet to be chalked out by officials.
A resolution approving the proposal by deputy mayor Gogula Venkata Ramana Rao to include such pits in the building plan was passed at the last council meeting in June, VMC sources told TOI. "Harvesting would result in a higher water table and help us address the perennial problem of acute scarcity in certain parts of the city. We are already concentrating on creating more green spaces. Once all the houses have water harvesting pits, it will be in line with the state government's vision of green and blue cities," they averred.
While welcoming the measure in principle, opposition leaders did voice a few concerns. "Most people build houses in an area of 25-50 sq yards. It will be difficult for them to accommodate harvesting pits in their plan as already their plinth area is minimal. The pits should be mandatory for just bigger plots," said B Punyaseela, floor leader of YSRC.
Gade Adilakshmi, CPM corporator from 37th division, pointed out that several residents in her division live in spaces which do not exceed 50 sq yards. "It will be ideal if the rule applies to plots which are at least 200 sq yards," she suggested.
Municipal commissioner Veerapandian Ganesan assured to take into consideration the apprehensions raised by some quarters while preparing a draft of the relevant rules. He cited the provision for including rain water harvest pits even in plots which are comparatively smaller. "Using the technological advancements we can have the harvesting pits even if the plinth area is less than 50 sq yards. We will take a decision only after thoroughly studying the issue," he said.
According to the town planning wing, the public would be able to apply for the building plan online and obtain approval. "A software will check the rain water harvesting pits in the plan as soon as the user uploads it. If there are any deviations from the rules, it will be rejected. If the plan meets all the parameters including the harvesting pits, approval is certain," an official from the wing assured.
As for how exactly to create the rain water harvesting pits, VMC sources explained: "For new houses we will ensure it is in the plan itself. Owners of the existing buildings will have to dig them. That is the only way."
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