India's Amaravati smart city project a launchpad for Singapore firms

An artist’s impression of the aerial view of Amaravati City in Andhra Pradesh, along the River Krishna waterfront.
An artist’s impression of the aerial view of Amaravati City in Andhra Pradesh, along the River Krishna waterfront.PHOTO: SURBANA JURONG

For Singapore-based Cutech Group, the opportunity to help build the new capital city of Amaravati, India's first smart city, in southern Andhra Pradesh state, represents a new lifeline.

This comes as the offshore marine engineering firm has been diversifying into refinery testing and inspections, solar and water treatment services and even organic chicken farming, as local shipyards - which used to be its main revenue source - suffered a long hard winter after oil prices tanked in 2014.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 14, 2019, with the headline 'India's Amaravati smart city project a launchpad for S'pore firms'. Print Edition | Subscribe