India: Starting a new city from scratch

Photo: Foster + Partners

A new city in Southeast India, built literally from scratch along the Krishna River, intends to turn an area of ​​217 square kilometers of farmland into a state-of-the-art urban center.

The new city will be called Amarabati, it will cost 6.5 billion euros, and 60% of the city will be covered with green and water, while solar panels on the roofs of the buildings will power the whole city.

Foster & Partners is leading the project and promising a “green realistic utopia.” For each piece of land to be given by farmers to the authorities, they will be reimbursed 25% -30% of “developed land”, equipped with energy, running water and drainage systems. Already 28,000 farmers have allocated 138 square kilometers.

Over the last two years, 30,000 people have moved to the city, 12,000 of which are government officials. Based on calculations, the Amarabati population will reach 3.5 million by 2030. At present, the two universities operating in the region since 2017 have received 4,000 young students. Five other university institutions are under construction. It is estimated that 43,000 new jobs will be created after the erection of schools, hospitals, hotels and banks.

New government buildings are expected to be delivered by 2021 and all infrastructure projects will have been completed by the end of 2019. It is remarkable that this “urban utopia” will provide health care and education to all residents.