Can India’s Amaravati become the next sustainable city?

When complete, Amaravati will not only be the new capital of Andhra Pradesh state — developers hope it will also be one of the most sustainable cities in the world.

At its center will be a 5.5-kilometer-long and 1-kilometer-wide Central Park-inspired green spine, according to British architectural firm Foster + Partners, which is leading the project.

Solar panels on rooftops will power Amaravati’s buildings, while cycling routes, electric vehicles and water taxis will serve the transport network. An irrigation system will utilize recycled water, and shaded streets will encourage walking.

The estimated total cost of the project is $6.5 billion, according to the Andhra Pradesh authorities.

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