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AP initiates move to develop Cyberabad

V. Rishi Kumar


THE Andhra Pradesh Government has enlisted the services of Ahmedabad-based architects and consultants -- Vaasthu Shilpi -- to enable it to demarcate and develop Cyberabad from the urban conglomerate of Hyderabad and encompassing about 16 villages around the Hitec City.

To facilitate this delineation and in making out special zones aimed at focussed development, the State Government is likely to table a Bill -- the Andhra Pradesh Urban Areas Development Act -- replacing the existing ordinance.

This will empower the State administration to identify and notify special areas and pave the way for their creation in an expeditious manner. About 8,000 hectares spread over 16 villages in the region are to be earmarked as Cyberabad.

Along with Cyberabad, the Buddha Purnima area will be another area which will be accorded the status of special area under the new Act.

The Government and the Hyderabad Urban Development Authority had been working towards the development of this special zone. The Special zone concept is aimed at faster and focussed development of a certain identified area, including a host of tourism pro jects that are to come up in the State with private participation.

In the case of the Buddha Purnima project, the Government plans to develop the area around the picturesque Hussainsager lake as a special zone with a view to expedite a number of projects which are underway, including the NTR Gardens, Rock Garden and IMA X theatre.

With the realty prices soaring by the day, following mushrooming of IT companies in the area, where Cyberabad is to be delineated, the Government is of the opinion as such a regulatory authority will be able to monitor and facilitate in speedier developm ent.

Within a week the consultants are expected to present a master plan along with a detailed project report for the proposed Cyberabad. This is also expected to cover areas to be developed along with the road alignment and related infrastructure.

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