Walk to work Town in Andhra Pradesh , Cabinet set to nod
Walk to work town in the city Vijayawada, the first of its kind will be ready in the next 18 months, Andhra Pradesh Cabinet set to give its go-ahead soon.
In the cabinet meeting slated for this month, proposal and modalities will be cleared to construct 20 ‘walk to work’ towns, a model prepared for Jakkampudi in the city’s outskirts.
Walk to work towns is set to build along the Vizag Chennai Industrial Corridor and the Bangalore-Chennai Industrial Corridor which will be developed in Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode. The government has come up with Special purpose vehicle (SPV) for constructing this city in Jakkampudi on nearly 265 acres of government land. In these cities people will walk to their offices in 10 minutes.
Expression of Interest (EoI) applications from various companies are invited to set up their units. Government will provide office spaces and houses for employees at low price. AP Government has received 438 applications from entrepreneur who are interested in opening their units in Jakkampudi.
40% of the applications to set up mini units were all women. Government is hopeful to create 400 units in the next 18 months which can offer 15,000 jobs. Jakkampudi township will have IT and electronics companies, footwear, apparel and other units.
Township is inspired on the lines of Singapore’s walk to work town Choa Chu Kang, called as CCK City. Categories for EWS, LIG, MIG and HIG will be constructed. The houses will be affordable for lower income groups.
From private individuals nearly 1200 acres was offered to the government to develop such walk to work town across the State. Jakkampudi will be the role model for rest of the township. AP government will also rope in Jurong and Surbana, the Singapore based consultants, for the preparation of blueprints.
Officials said the government also received proposals of interest from more than 50 private players in other areas of Vijayawada, Rajahmundry , Guntur, Kurnool and Visakhapatnam.