The Andhra Pradesh government’s efforts to replicate modern architectural capital cities across the globe, to build a world-class capital in the state received a boost on Sunday after chief minister Chandrababu Naidu visited Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan.

 

Naidu, who has been mesmerised by the riverfront capital, has decided to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Astana government extending cooperation. Both the sides are now planning to form a joint working group comprising of four members from each side. 

According to a statement released by the chief minister’s communication adviser, Chandrababu Naidu impressed by Astana’s glitter, said that he is also insisting on having a direct flight link to Astana. To which, Astana’s  Mayor Asset Issekeshev assured Naidu that he would speak to their transport minister to introduce a direct flight from Amaravati. “Our cooperation shall not be limited only to the construction of the capital. There are many areas and sectors where Kazakhstan and AP can work together,” the CM told Astana’s Mayor

Naidu, who met the Astana's Mayor on Sunday, explained how Andhra Pradesh had been bifurcated in an unscientific manner which has made the local government of Astana take up the challenge of constructing a world-class capital for Andhra Pradesh government. "AP was bifurcated in an unscientific way without proper consultation. This has caused extreme distress to our state,” Naidu said.

 

He has also requested the Mayor to share the details of the designers and architects involved in the construction of Astana. According to the Mayor, around 150 architects worked on developing the capital city for over ten years.