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Old Posted Feb 20, 2007, 2:49 AM
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Megaproject: Odyssey Science City, Anantapur, AP: 10K acre twp. + Worlds Tallest(s)

Yet another huge megaproject bids for a World's Tallest Building (WTB) in India!

Enter the Odyssey Science City, a huge, ultra-modern, high-tech mega-'township' SEZ that will:
1. Employ over two million people
2. Already has full government backing and legal green lights
3. Funded by a very reputable foreign and domestic investors
4. Will be built by the designers of the most successful nodal city on the planet, Greater Springfield in Australia, headed by a PIO
5. Will feature "Worlds Tallest Structures" (implying more than just one!)
6. And to top it off, it will all be built in one of the poorest, undeveloped parts of Andhra Pradesh! Leading to massive employment and educational opportunities to millions of India's poorest!

Talk about kick ass!

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High-tech science city to come up in Andhra
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Indo-Asian News Service
Hyderabad, January 26, 2007

A state-of-the-art integrated science city will come up in Andhra Pradesh's drought-prone Anantapur district with an investment of $25 billion over 10 years by a consortium of four Australian and Singaporean companies.

The Odyssey Science City would come up on 65,000 acres of land between Odicheruvu and Ammadiguda in Anantapur, about 400 kms from Hyderabad.

A memorandum of understanding (MoU) for developing the city was signed in Hyderabad on Thursday between the state government and the consortium, which comprises Springfield Land Corporation and Macquarie Bank from Australia and Singapore's Juron International Group and Semb Corp Industries.

The consortium will invest about $3 billion in the next three years to build the ultra-modern integrated township on 10,000 acres.


The project envisages a self-contained, hi-tech complex with its own comprehensive infrastructure, including power, expressways, telecom networks, desalination plants, biotech parks, special economic zones, IT/biotech parks, industrial parks, hospitals, educational institutions, hotels and amusement parks.

It will become a national centre for IT and supercomputing, biotechnology, artificial intelligence, robotics, high-tech manufacturing industries, export oriented centres, media and telecommunications, tourism and entertainment, medical and health and finance and banking.

The project will provide a platform to 500 companies to establish their branches in every field of manufacturing, travel, commerce, financial services, retailing and transportation.

According to Springfield Land Corporation Managing Director Bob Sharpless, the project would provide direct employment to 1.5 million people and indirect employment to another million.

Springfield is planning to replicate the Greater Springfield model of Australia, claimed to be world's only master planned edge city.

It would be financed entirely by the consortium and the government's support would be required in areas like provision of land and water on commercial terms.

"We are excited about the announcement of Odyssey Science City in an area that has been traditionally drought-prone and backward," said Chief Minister YS Rajasekhara Reddy.

Jurong Infrastructure (India) CEO Rao Munukutla said they planned to build world's tallest structures in the science city. He said proximity to the Karnataka capital Bangalore, about 200 kms away, was one reason for setting up the project in Anantapur district.
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Some related links... note that the project doesn't yet have an official website. I'll be sure to add it (and renders!) when it becomes available.

Developers:
·Springfield Land Corporation, Australia
·Jurong International Group, Singapore. (I'll bet first renders will come from them. Here is the JURON India section)
·Wikipedia Entry on the Greater Springfield project in Australia, which Odyssey Science City will draw inspiration from (and surpass)


Cheers,
Jai

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