Amaravati will be blue-green city -min
String of measures will be undertaken to create micro-climate in the core capital region of Amaravati. The aim is to keep pollution level at the lowest level and make the youngest capital a blue-green city. It should be noted that Vijayawada is considered to be one of the cities in South India with highest pollution level. Allied wings of the government have set on the task of creating micro-climate and Andhra Pradesh Pollution Control Board (APPCB) being the statutory organisation entrusted to implement environmental laws and rules in the State, will be monitoring the initiatives.
The Capital Region Development Authority (CRDA) will be constituting an Environment Cell to monitor and ensure that all new buildings coming up in the core capital region follow the green building concept norms. The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has also put in place two committees to supervise and implement the green norms. Any building occupying 20,000-sq.m of space must dedicate a minimum of 10% place for greenery besides mandatory installation of solar plants. At least one third of the rooftop space should have solar panels.
To achieve the large-scale greenery, the CRDA has procured saplings of banyan, neem, Indian beech and peltophorum are all fast-growing evergreen trees which do not shed leaves to plant at least 600 of them per hectare. CRDA is trying to emulate Forest Research Institute (FRI), Dehradun which has succeeded in bringing down the temperature by 2-3 degrees within the campus as compared to outside by planting large number of trees within the campus.
No red bricks will be allowed in construction of buildings in the proposed capital city. Instead of red clay bricks, the light-weight, long-lasting environment-friendly flyash bricks will be used. Flyash is known for low absorption of heat and high compressive strength. To create pure air quality, diesel and petrol-run vehicles will be banned and only electric and CNG-operated vehicles would be used.