Japan: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu calls on Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during his Japan visit. (Photo: IANS)

New AP Capital: Singapore to plan, Japan to build Andhra capital

Companies from Japan are ready to join hands in building the new capital of Andhra Pradesh, the designing of which will be done by Singapore, Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu said on Monday after his five-day visit to Japan and recollecting his last month visit to Singapore.

Claiming his visit to Japan was a success, Naidu told reporters in Hyderabad that several Japanese companies expressed their willingness to be partners in building the state capital. Naidu, who went to Singapore last month, said Singapore will prepare the master plan for the capital. He hopes to finalize this when Singapore’s Trade and Commerce Minister S. Iswaran visits India this month.

“The Japanese companies are ready to associate in construction, environment and other requirements of the city,” the chief minister said. “It will be a deadly combination.”

The government plans to build the capital on 30,000 acres in Guntur-Vijayawada region in five years. It is estimated to cost Rs.1 lakh crore.

Naidu said he had fruitful discussions with Japanese government organisations, industry bodies and companies and exuded the hope that this will result in attracting investment to the state.

The chief minister announced that a separate cell for Japanese firms will be opened in the industries department for speedy clearances and to extend all help to those keen to invest. The proposed cell will have a few escort executives who speak Japanese.

Japan, a long-time associate with Andhra in developing several power plants, has assured the government to develop three new power plants and to make the new capital to be set up in Vijayawada-Guntur region as a smart city, before Naidu’s visit to Japan.

A high-level Japanese delegation consisting of representatives from five key Japanese economic organizations — Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO), Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC), New Energy and Industrial Technology Development (NEDO) and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), met Naidu prior to his visit to Japan.

The three power projects under consideration include a 4,000 MW thermal power in Visakhapatnam, 4,000 MW thermal power in Srikakulam and 2,000 MW solar power in Anantapur.

A joint working group has been constituted including heads from industry, infrastructure, energy, information technology and agriculture departments, Member of Parliament Y. Satyanarayana Chowdary and state’s special representative in Delhi K. Rammohan Rao.


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