Andhra Pradesh

Six developers likely to vie for City Square project

Big plans: VMC is planning to develop the 20-acre Swaraj Maidan into lavish public space and adjacent six acre land into entertainment and commercial space

Big plans: VMC is planning to develop the 20-acre Swaraj Maidan into lavish public space and adjacent six acre land into entertainment and commercial space   | Photo Credit: CH_VIJAYA BHASKAR

Last date for receiving proposals has been extended till July 21

The infrastructure companies that initially came forward to develop ‘City Square’ in the heart of the city are taking extra time to give best designs for the project that is aimed at boosting the image of the city.

To develop the 20-acre Swaraj Maidan into lavish public space and adjacent six acre land into entertainment and commercial space, the Vijayawada Municipal Corporation, the executing authority, with the help of its consultant AP Urban Infrastructure Asset Management Ltd (APUIAML), called for Request for Qualification (RFQs) from infrastructure companies that have sufficient experience and expertise to bring up a world class city space.

The last date for receiving the proposals has been extended by three weeks, that is, till July 21, according to Additional Commissioner (Projects), VMC K. Narasimha Murthy.

Initially, the date of opening proposals was June 30. However, the date has been extended obliging the requests made by six major infrastructure companies during the pre-bidding meeting held here.

When contacted, Chetan Yarlagadda, Senior Manager APUIAML said that all the six companies, including GICC of China, requested for at least one month time to come up with proper and workable designs for the City Square. It may be worth mentioning that it was GICC’s design that had been initially considered for the project and later the plans of the Chinese firm was dropped owing to various factors. “We have approached about 150 developers across India and embassies of 20 major countries in a bid to get the best developer for the project. The Australian embassy has responded positively. We anticipate the participation of more national and international level developers in the bidding in the coming days,” Mr. Chetan said.

On July 21st the proposals will be opened and the internal committee will pick top three after a thorough examination of viability with regard to the opinions of citizens and local body. Later, one of them would be finalised.

PIL hurdle

Meanwhile, the High Court in response to a PIL has sought the reply of the executive authority regarding proposals of construction in Swaraj Maidan which is purely meant for recreational purposes. “There will be no blocking of the public space. We will respond in detail to the court and move as per its directions,” an official said.

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