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London team drops out of Amaravati project?

London team drops out of Amaravati project?

In yet another indication to the talk going on in the political circles that the YSR Congress party government in Andhra Pradesh is likely to relocate the capital city from existing location in Amaravati, London-based architect and designer Foster and Partners is said to have dropped out of the project.

It was indicated by Harsh Thapar, architect and sustainable expert with Foster and Partners, London who had been working on Amaravati project designs for quite some time.

He tweeted on Sunday: "Friends in #Vijayawada #Andhra and #Hyderabad, This is my last weekend as resident of #Amaravati. Spent 3 fantastic years designing Amaravati Government Complex, High Court and Assembly buildings. Had dream to see them built but now after long wait have to move to other challenges."

He said it has been a tremendous experience. Met beautiful people and made many new friends. Specially travelling across the 13 districts of #Andhra for research on local culture, art and materials was deeply enriching. “Leaving with fond memories,” he said.

There has been a talk for quite some time that the YSR Congress party government in Andhra Pradesh has dropped the plan for construction of permanent buildings for state government complex, high court and assembly buildings.

The Andhra Pradesh Capital Region Development Authority (APCRDA) has already asked all the consultants, including master architect Foster and Partners, to ‘demobilise’, and ‘annul’ the bidding process to identify consultants for other awarded projects. 

The Chief Minister’s Office is understood to be working on a strategy on how to go about with the project and pool resources.

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