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New capital of Andhra Pradesh starts taking shape

CM Naidu lays foundation stone for Amaravati’s state of the art ‘Medical City’ project

Gulf News

Hyderabad: The dream of new Andhra Pradesh capital Amaravati with the world class infrastructure facilities has started materialising.

On the same day when state Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu laid the foundation stone for the state of the art “Medical City” project, the newly built headquarters of the AP Police also started functioning.

Laying the foundation stone for Medical City, an India-UK collaboration, the chief minister announced that it will go a long way in making Amaravati a hub for medical tourism.

“Andhra Pradesh was giving top most priority to the health sector. The state was going to receive huge investments in this sector and 20 new medical colleges will come up for which the agreements have already been signed,” he said.

The Medical City project, with the participation of Kings College London and the state government is coming up at Yerrapalem in Mangalgiri under Amaravati. The project will be built on 60 hectares of area at a cost of Rs17 billion (Dh972 million). While the first phase a 250 beds hospital and many other facilities will be created. Schools for nursing and paramedics will also be built.

While the first phase will be ready by 2019 the entire project will be completed by 2022. The Capital Region Development Authority will provide the basic facilities for the development of infrastructure.

Interestingly the farmers and their families who had given 12 hectares of their land will be provided free medical care.

Earlier the Chief Minister Naidu opened the five stories building of the state Police Headquarters in Amaravati.

The building with the state of art facilities was built at the cost of Rs400 millino in ten months.

Apart from the DGP the building will have offices of the heads of various wings of the police including the Additional DGPs and IGPs. The first floor will be occupied by the CID and the last floor will have the office of the DGP and a conference hall.

Since the bifurcation of the state in June 2014 the AP DGP was functioning from a temporary facility at Vijayawada and heads of other wings were functioning from Hyderabad.