Amaravati’s vision has been established as the “People’s Capital”. Therefore, it is necessary to fine-tune this framework to achieve this Vision. As such, the framework that has been developed consists of 6 Goals, 2 each to respond to the 3 pillars of sustainability. Another key factor that contributes to the Smartness of a city is technology that cuts across all these goals. The master plan allows for technology to be integrated and as a result enhance the overall Smartness to a next level.
Amaravati Smart City Goals 1: Jobs and Homes for All
4 hierarchies of commercial and 5 types of residential developments have been proposed within the SEED area.
The first and most important goal for Amaravati is to generate jobs and provide homes for all. People belonging to all strata of society, irrespective of their financial and social status, will be able to find a source of income and an affordable home within the newly planned city. The SEED Development will lay the foundation stone to achieve this goal. Hence, it becomes critical to demonstrate how Jobs and Homes for All has been achieved within this startup development area. Technology enablers such as cellphone and internet access help people search for relevant opportunities and make this process very convenient for the residents and workers. Along with this, skill development programs will also help strengthen the economic base of the city by creating the necessary workforce.
Amaravati Smart City Goals 2: Clean and Green
A well woven network of parks and open spaces weaves through the development terminating at the vibrant public river Krishna waterfront.
The inherent strength of the Amaravati site lies in its green existing environment. The presence of the majestic Krishna river, several canals and village tanks, and the greenery give this site a very unique opportunity to be developed as a Clean and Green city. It is very important that this potential is exploited to the fullest.
This will go a long way in helping to create a sense of place and ownership for the people to voluntarily work towards maintaining this valuable asset of the city. The SEED development has been strategically chosen to take advantage of 7 km long waterfront along river Krishna. The macro level principles will be translated to demonstrate how this potential of the site can be utilized to its maximum. Multi functional green spaces, not only for recreation, but also for flood management and other infrastructure becomes the backbone structure for the SEED development.
Amaravati Smart City Goals 3: Quality Living
As Downtown is the vibrant heart of the City several important city and town level public facilities have been planned within the SEED area.
All aspects of quality of life need to addressed in order for the users to appreciate. Among the few important aspects include safety, convenience,
health, education, etc. The plan will adopt a model that will enable people to experience this first hand. Factors such as safe walking distance for kids to primary schools, ease of access to senior citizens, or access to grocery shops without having to use cars, all of these contribute to creating a big whole to achieve the desired quality of life. Technology such as mobile applications have helped make this aspect more tangible by providing the necessary information at the touch of a fingertip. SEED development also adopts this framework to pioneer and demonstrate the Quality Living aspect.
Amaravati Smart City Goals 4: World Class Infrastructure
A well connected road and public transportation has been proposed within the SEED area.
Developing a state of art transportation network is paramount to any world class city. Whether it is roads, metro-rail or waterways, convenience of commute plays an extremely important role in the economic success of a city. This has been demonstrated in most of the successful cities around the world. Factors such as the time required for home to work commute, airport to city commute has proved to help attract investments to cities along with adding the necessary convenience for the residents and workers. In addition to this, technology needs to be induced to extract maximum potential of the hard infrastructure. Data analytics and inputs can help take the efficiency of transport infrastructure to levels never seen before. The SEED Development shall become a benchmark to achieve this for the rest of the city and region at large.
Amaravati Smart City Goals 5: Efficient Resource Management
A well integrated network of Flood manag., Water Supply, Sewerage, Solid Waste & Power supply has been proposed within the SEED area
Smart Cities need to take the aspect of resource management to a higher level. Be is power, sewerage, drainage, water-supply, etc., not only do the networks have to designed efficiently, but state of art engineering technology needs to be integrated to help improve the efficiency of the systems. Wireless sensors are now able to collect and transmit information from almost any object — for instance, roads, food crates, utility lines and water pipes. And the improved software helps interpret the huge flow of information, so raw data becomes useful knowledge to monitor and optimize transport and other complex systems. Research has shown that the efficiency payoff translates into big reductions in energy used, greenhouse gases emitted and natural resources consumed. Computer enhanced infrastructure enables making better informed decisions starting from the planning stage to the implementation and management.
Amaravati Smart City Goals 6: Identity and Heritage
11 important landmarks and 3 view corridors have been proposed within the SEED development to create a unique identity.
The Amaravati site is blessed with several heritage and cultural centres in the immediate surroundings such as the existing Amaravathi city, Undavalli caves, Kanakdurga temple, etc. The proposed design will ensure that this aspect is well respected and integrated within the design. These elements are very important for the existing residents within the Capital Region. To complement this, the SEED development will help create a modern image of the city that will blend well with the existing image. The heritage and modern elements together tie up to create an interesting dynamic that in turn helps to create a unique image of the city and also helps in promoting it as a tourist destination.