Amaravati, the new capital of Andhra Pradesh, India, is looking to Astana as a model for both architecture and attracting investment, according to its chief minister, Nara Chandrababu Naidu.
“Amaravati will be a unique blue and green capital city,” Naidu said in an interview with the Deccan Chronical in October. “Prime Minister [of India] Narendra Modi visited Astana. He then briefed me on the infrastructural marvels of Astana and Asghabat, the capital cities of Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan. He also suggested that I send a delegation to these cities to study them and incorporate some of the best practices.”
The New Indian Express reports that Naidu has sent high-level teams to the United Arab Emirates, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Brazil, China and Austria to visit the cities of Masdar, Astana, Ashgabat, Brasilia, Suzhou, Wuxi, Hangzhou, Songdo and Vienna to study their modern architecture. The officials are to submit reports on what aspects of the cities could be adopted to suit Andhra PradesHh.