Ignoring the objections raised by many activists here, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Sunday() approved the design to turn ‘Swaraj Maidan‘(PWD Ground) into the ‘Vijayawada Square‘. The project will be executed under the public and private partnership model and plan has been prepared by China’s Guizhou International Investment Corporation (GIIC). The GIIC is a accorded rights over the spaces to develop it under Public Private Partnership model at a cost of Rs. 135 crore.
Stating that the City Square would emerge as a prestigious project of the state, he said it would be very useful for the people and would create a lung space which was badly required for a city like Vijayawada. The CM enquired from the GIIC representatives about the shopping complex, parking area, etc.
Meeting to Finalise the Vijayawada City Square design
The meeting to finalise the design was attended by Minister for Water Resources Devineni Umamaheswara Rao, CMO chief secretary Satish Chandra, District Collector Babu A, Municipal Commissioner G Veera Pandian and GIIC representatives. Speaking on the occasion, the Collector said the City Square would attract tourists and yield good revenue to the government.
Discussion about Vijayawada Rythu Bazaar
He said the City Square to be developed under public-private partnership at a cost of Rs 135 crore would provide space for exhibitions and public meetings. The Collector said the existing Rythu Bazaar at Swaraj Maidan would be shifted to the Ryves Canal bank near Alankar Theatre.
He said a model rythu bazaar would be developed with 350 stalls at a cost of Rs 4 crore. It may be noted here that several people’s organisations and political parties staged a dharna in protest against the government’s move to shift the rythu bazaar at the PWD Grounds.
The historic VIJAYAWADA city will soon have a new icon in the form of a City Square that will be built under the public-private partnership initiative at the Swarajya Maidan in the heart of the city. Guizhou International Investment Corporation of China (GIIC) has designed the City Square that will come up on a five-acre land at an estimated cost of Rs 135 crore.
Approved the Design of city square
Andhra Pradesh (AP) chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu approved the design on Sunday at a meeting attended by water resources minister Devineni Umamaheswara Rao, Krishna district collector Babu A, municipal commissioner G Veerapandian and representatives of GIIC.
“The City Square will be a jewel in AP’s crown and be a large tourist attraction,” Naidu said on the occasion.
Vijayawada, the second largest city in AP, is currently serving as the “functional capital” of the state.
The proposed City Square will have shopping complexes and a stupa depicting the heritage of the region.
An underground parking lot will also be developed.
The existing Rythu Bazaar (farmers’ market) at Swarajya Maidan will be relocated at Gandhinagar and a new complex built with 350 shops at a cost of Rs 4 crore, according to the district collector.
The existing government buildings belonging to the water resources department will also be dismantled to make space for the City Square.
As the Swarajya Maidan has been serving as the only large vacant ground in the city for decades, where every public meeting is held besides the annual industrial exhibition, there has been opposition to convert it into a City Square as it deprived the city of “lung space”.