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This rendering by architecture firm Foster and Partners depicts the planned Amaravati Government Complex to be built in India's Andhra Pradesh State. (Courtesy of Foster and Partners)
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KIRAN SHARMA, Nikkei staff writer | India

AMARAVATI, India -- Alongside the River Krishna sits Amaravati, an ancient Buddhist pilgrimage site that until recently was home to thousands of acres of fertile farms growing bananas, sugar cane, cotton, rice, spices and vegetables.  

But if all goes to plan, Amaravati -- which means "abode of immortals" in Sanskrit -- will be transformed into India's most cutting-edge city by the middle of this century. Its planners are dreaming big: The new Amaravati will have an eco-friendly transport system that includes water taxis, electric vehicles and even a possible Hyperloop, if the sealed-tube train system championed by Elon Musk ever gets off the ground.

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