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City Square for people’s recreation: Civic chief

City Square for people’s recreation: Civic chief
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Municipal Commissioner J Nivas on Saturday clarified on the proposed City Square project at Swaraj Maidan. Addressing a press conference here on Saturday, said that open area ownership of the ground would rest under the government. While coming to the commercial area, both the government and private persons would monitor it, he said.

Vijayawada: Municipal Commissioner J Nivas on Saturday clarified on the proposed City Square project at Swaraj Maidan. Addressing a press conference here on Saturday, said that open area ownership of the ground would rest under the government. While coming to the commercial area, both the government and private persons would monitor it, he said.

"Basically we are developing open area and commercial complex for offices. Three star or five star hotel will be developed on the State Guest House near the ground", he said. Open area will be left over for the public. He also said that Swaraj Maidan land belongs to irrigation department and later it would be transferred to the Vijayawada Municipal Corporation.

Explaining about Chinese firm GIIC, he said: "It has not entrusted to execution of the project. Open tenders will be called through Request for Tender Procedure".He said the 26 acres of land worth Rs 1,000 crore. The project model has yet to be decided. Urban Infrastructure Department was appointed as agency (APUIF) for the project and VMC will be the executing authority and monitor the project.

Commissioner said 70 per cent of the vacant area will be left open and the rest will be given away to the commercial purpose. The government will be the authority of the open area. The VMC was directed to be the agency by the Urban Infrastructure Department. He said that the project was aimed at providing recreation for the people of Vijayawada.

People’s gathering and cultural festivals can be conducted. Rs 100 to Rs 300 crore should be only invested by the VMC for the City Square development, he said.

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